Saturday, October 6, 2012

Random Topps Card of the Day: 1983 Topps #669 Mike Squires

Thanks to the Topps Card Randomizer, introducing the Random Topps Card of the Day for Saturday, October 6, 2012:

  • Official Card Set Name and Card Number: 1983 Topps #669.
  • Player Name, position, team: Mike Squires, first baseman, Chicago White Sox.
  • Major League Debut: September 1, 1975.
  • Last Line of Statistics: 1982 stats (White Sox): 116 G, 195 AB, 33 R, 52 H, 9 2B, 3 3B, 1 HR, 21 RBI, 3 SB, .359 SLG, 14 BB, 13 SO, .267 AVG.
  • Any special information about players: Drafted by the White Sox, #10th, June 1973. Bats:  left.  Throws:  left.
  • Number of regular Topps Cards (includes regular and traded cards only): 7. This is his fifth card.
  • Blurb on the back: "1982 Highlights:  June 26:  Lashed 2 Singles & Scored 2 Runs in 13-3 Romp at Seattle.  August 10:  Cracked Triple with 2 RBI's and Run in White Sox' 9-4 Win over Baltimore Orioles."
  • Commentary: I like how Topps incorporated their logo into the top border for this design.  Take out the pictures, and what you have is two colored frames, one larger than the other leaving a circle in the lower right corner.  The use of a smaller picture on the front of the card was not a new concept in 1983, but considering that a similar design was used in 1963, and then again in 2003, makes me think that in 2023 (unless the Mayans were right), that they will use this design element again.  Mike Squires was a career White Sox player.  From 1975-1985, "Spanky" appeared in 779 games for the Pale Hose.  He was a Gold Glove winner in 1981, and was part of the "Winning Ugly" White Sox team that won the AL West Division in 1983.  Though not a hitting sensation (six home runs in 10 seasons), a .995 fielding percentage shows that he was an excellent first baseman on the field.  
  • Lo-Hi Beckett value: $0.05-$0.15.
  • How many cards of each player do I own?: 7.
Tomorrow is Retro Sunday, the one day of the week that we feature a card from 1951-1975. The card we will feature tomorrow is: 1956 Topps #63. Come back at 1:00 PM CST to see who (or what) it is.


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