Friday, March 28, 2014

Random Topps Card of the Day: 2000 Topps #13 Magglio Ordóñez

Thanks to the Topps Card Randomizer, introducing the Random Topps Card of the Day for Friday, March 28, 2014:

  • Official Card Set Name and Card Number: 2000 Topps #13.
  • Player Name, position, team: Magglio Ordóñez, outfielder, Chicago White Sox
  • Major League Debut: August 29, 1997.
  • Last Line of Statistics: 1999 stats (White Sox): 157 G, 624 AB, 100 R, 188 H, 34 2B, 3 3B, 30 HR, 117 RBI, 13 SB, .510 SLG, 47 BB, 64 SO, .301 AVG.
  • Any special information about player: Signed with the White Sox as a Free Agent 05/18/1991. Bats: right. Throws: right.
  • Number of regular Topps Cards (includes regular and traded cards only): 14. This is his second and card.
  • Blurb on the back: "Two years into his professional career, Magglio was a .206 hitter. And six years into it, he still hadn't appeared on one of those top-10 team prospects lists in Baseball America. In 1999, however, Ordóñez was an All-Star. Combining contact and power, he has become a White Sox building block"
  • Commentary: I purchased and received the sell sheets for 2000 Topps. This was the set that featured Mark McGwire and Hank Aaron during Topps' "compare-a-legend-to-a-current superstar" stage. The sell sheets actually came in a folder, looks really nice, and the sell sheet discusses what Topps plans were for the coming year, including the incorporation of a "Topps 2000" logo on every player card. Magglio Ordóñez was such a great young ball player that the fans started chanting his name during every plate appearance. I don't think I can spell it, but it sounded like "O-E-O...Maaaaaaag-lio." And with the Sox, he was one of the key figures in bringing the White Sox their first divisional championship since 1993. Maggs hit .315 with 32 home runs, drove in 126 rbi's, stole 18 bases, and had percentages of .371/.546/.917. He was named to his second All-Star team, and won his first Silver Slugger Award. He was among the Sox' offensive leaders every season through 2003. In 2004, injuries took a toll and he missed most of the season. Willing to prove that he still had it, he signed with the divisional rival Tigers. And while he missed out on being part of that World Series team, he found his offensive stroke in Detroit, and led the Tigers, who had wallowed in inferiority for most of the decade, back to relevance and by 2006, back to the World Series.
  • Lo-Hi Beckett value: $0.07-$0.20.
  • How many cards of each player do I own?: 68 cards.

Tomorrow's card will be: 1998 Topps #468. Post will arrive at 1:00 PM CST. Flash back with the blog tomorrow.


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