Sunday, November 18, 2012

Random Topps Card of the Day: 1966 Topps #338 Dal Maxvill

It's Retro Sunday!!! Thanks to the Topps Card Randomizer, introducing the Random Topps Card of the Day for Sunday, November 18, 2012:

  • Official Card Set Name and Card Number: 1966 Topps #338.
  • Player Name, position, team: Dal Maxvill, infield, St. Louis Cardinals.
  • Major League Debut: June 10, 1962.
  • Last Line of Statistics: 1965 stats (Cardinals): 68 G, 89 AB, 10 R, 12 H, 2 2B, 2 3B, 0 HR, 10 RBI, .135 AVG.
  • Any special information about player: Signed by the Cardinals as a Free Agent before the 1960 season. Bats: right. Throws: left.
  • Number of regular Topps Cards (includes regular and traded cards only): 12. This is his fourth card.
  • Blurb on the back: "A valuable utility man for the Cardinals, Dal has played second, third, shortstop, and the outfield for The Birds.  In the 1964 World Series, he caught the final out in the 7th game and snapped the locks of defeat upon The Yankees.  He started 7 games at 2nd base."
  • Commentary: For the first time EVER, the Topps Card Randomizer picks a card from the 1966 Topps set.  All it needs now is to pick a card from 1964 and this blog will have covered all 62 seasons of Topps cards.  Charles Dallan Maxvill may not have had much success with the bat, but his ability to play in multiple positions, and field them all well made him a valuable part of the team that only a year before this card came out, beat the mighty New York Yankees in the 1964 World Series (he did go 4-20 during the WS with an rbi).  In 1966, Dale appeared in over one hundred games for the first time in his career (134 games).  In his first year as a regular, he hit .244 with 24 rbi's, 3 stolen bases, and an OPS of .606.  He won his first and only Gold Glove award at short in 1968.  Dal finished his run with the Cardinals in 1972, as he was traded to the eventual WS champion Athletics at the end of August.  He would go on to play for parts of four seasons with the Athletics, sandwiched by a stint with the Pirates for part of the 1973 season.  In 2002, Topps included him as part of their Topps Super Teams set.  Since his rookie card appeared in the 1963 set, Topps also included Maxvill's card as part of their buyback inserts in their 2012 Topps Heritage set.
  • Lo-Hi Beckett value: $1.25-$3.00.
  • How many cards of this player do I own?: 0.
In case you're actually wondering, I don't own this card, but was able to get a crystal clean copy of the image from the from the Baseball Card Cyber Museum. So thank you Joe McAnally and the folks at the BCCM..

Well, it's back to normal on Monday. Tomorrow's card will be: 1987 Topps #343. Post will arrive at 1:00 PM CST. Come on back then to see what the Topps Card Randomizer gets us to look at then.


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