So, I finally got the singles I picked up at the flea market edited down into bite-sized chunks recently, and after the power going out at some point while I slept the other day, when I started things back up, my keyboard was working again. So, I’m back in business.
First though, a quick note. I spent all day (seriously, from around 8am till after 5pm) pouring over a few wantlists, digging through my endless stacks of cards, and firing off emails. And heads up to Nomo’s Sushi Platter and Fuji, you’re next on the list, though I don’t need to dig as hard for stuff for you guys.
Now then, the loot! All but the last card were $1 apiece (two were priced at $1.50, but he gave ’em to me for a buck).
Lou Whitaker Rookie!
Let’s check the stats! (via Baseball-Reference)
Garth Iorg: 1978; 1980-1987- 20/238/.258/.292/.347/.639 OPS+ 72 Just your average below average 2B.
Dave Oliver: 1977- 0/3/.318/.444/.409/.854 OPS+ 140 Only 29 career plate appearances, but that was a good start! Sad he never got much of a chance, especially with how long and mediocre Iorg’s career was. He never even struck out in short time in the bigs (4 walks).
Sam Perlozzo: 1977; 1979- 0/0/.269/.345/.423/.768 OPS+ 110 Only 30 career plate appearances, but also a pretty promising glimpse of what maybe could have been. He hit two triples in his short career, and later went on to manage terrible Orioles teams for parts of three seasons earlier this decade.
Lou Whitaker: 1977-1995- 244/1084/.276/.363/.426/.789 OPS+ 116 Career WAR 69.7 Other stats of note: 420 double, more walks than strikeouts (1197-1099). Awards: 1978 Rookie of the Year, 5x All-Star, 3x Gold Glove, 3x Silver Slugger
Okay, how the hell is Lou Whitaker not in the Hall of Fame?! Those are STILL elite offensive numbers for 2nd baseman! He was still playing well and producing even at the very end of his career. Bah, total BS. I’m angry now, next card!
Merrick Mint Ichiro Suzuki Laser Line Gold Card
It’s really hard to see. I dunno how such an insanely shiny card can scan this badly, but trust me, it looks awesome.
'68 Strikeout Leaders
This was one of the $1.50 ones, obviously perhaps. It’s in surprisingly not bad shape. 653 combined wins, 7824 career combined strikeouts, and 755 total in ’68 (268 Gibson, 260 Fergie, 227 Singer). ’68 was also Gibson’s impossible 1.12 ERA season, in which he even more impossibly lost 9 games (22 wins)!
1980-81 Bird RC!
Now, each of the three pieces of the legendary Bird RC/Dr. J/Magic RC appears on at least one other trio with a different combination, which are valuable in their own right. Still though, I hope this came from one of the other combinations, not that it will stop me from trying to track down the legendary trio in this form. I’ll put ’em up on a list of specific, hard to track down, cards when I get around to it.
Here’s the back. That cartoon doesn’t look like Larry at all.
Finally, since I guess I actually only got just over half of the nine singles edited into bite-sized chunks, here is the big one I picked up!
Ryne Sandberg Rookie!
I’ve wanted to get this card for a very, very long time. And there it was, for $6. The most perfect card, from the most perfectly designed set ever made. I’m so happy to have rookies of two of the biggest Chicago sports icons of all time. Ryno looks good next to Walter Payton. 🙂
The guy actually had all three of the big rookies from 1983 for a similar price, and I’ll be picking up at least Gwynn next time, if it’s still there.
I guess that’s all for this one. Needless to say, only Sweet Lou is even remotely up for trade. Now, I’ll just let y’all bask in the glow of a rookie Ryno & go get some more work done, updating this & that. Seeya later.
Until our next…