Thursday, October 18, 2012

Random Topps Card of the Day: 1999 Topps #65 Mo Vaughn

Thanks to the Topps Card Randomizer, introducing the Random Topps Card of the Day for Thursday, October 18, 2012:

  • Official Card Set Name and Card Number: 1999 Topps #65.
  • Player Name, position, team: Mo Vaughn, first baseman, Boston Red Sox.
  • Major League Debut: June 27, 1991.
  • Last Line of Statistics: 1998 stats (Red Sox): 154 G, 609 AB, 107 R, 205 H, 31 2B, 2 3B, 40 HR, 115 RBI, 0 SB, .5961 SLG, 61 BB, 144 SO, .337 AVG.
  • Any special information about player: Drafted by the Red Sox, #1st, June 1989. Bats: left. Throws: right.
  • Number of regular Topps Cards (includes regular and traded cards only): 13. This is his ninth Topps card.
  • Blurb on the back: "Mo socked a record-breaking home run on 07/19/1998, in a 9-4 taming of the Tigers.  Following blasts by teammates Donnie Sadler, Darren Lewis, and Nomar Garciaparra, he made the Sox the first AL team in history to hit four two-out HR's.  The MLB mark is five by the 1939 NY Giants."  Actually, the game happened on 07/18/1998.
  • Commentary: The second year in a row that Topps uses a non white border, this time using a lighter gold border.  One of the cleanest Topps designs ever with a really large photo with the only the player's name in gold foil and the team name (not in gold foil) unobtrusive to the picture.  Yes, you can clearly see dings and dents if those happen (keep in mind that the smudge on the card is from the plastic holder that I use, and is not on the card), but overall, I like the design.  The back of the card not only includes the statistics of said player, but if he won an award (Rookie of the Year, Cy Young, MVP), a star on the side will indicate as such.  In this case, the card reminds us that Mo was the AL MVP in 1995.  Mo, also known as Greg Vaughn's cousin, was a dominant player in his own right during the 1990's.  Not only did he win the MVP, but he was an annual candidate throughout his career.  He was also a three-time All-Star, and a Silver Slugger award winner.  Although his 1999 card depicts him as a Red Sox, he signed with the Anaheim Angels on December 11, 1998.  Nowadays, Topps would have found a way to photoshop the Angels jersey or worse, create an SP card variation.  (Okay, rant over).  In his first year with the Halos, he racked up less-than-stellar (for him) numbers, hitting .281 and .866 OPS with 33 home runs and 108 runs driven in.  Injuries kept him   out for the entire 2001 season, but at the end of the year, he was traded to the Mets, where he finished his playing career.   
  • Beckett value: $0.07-$0.20.
  • How many cards of this player do I own?: 32 cards.

Tomorrow's card will be: 2008 Topps #485. Post will arrive at 1:00 PM CST. Until tomorrow everybody.


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