Card of the Moment #3
September 30th, 2009 by slangon

This one was directly inspired by The Card of the Moment #2.

1966 Topps #285 Luis Tiant

I believe at some point I mentioned about the card shop I used to go to as a kid. Earth One, I think it was called. They used to have a few boxes of older cards that were either really dinged up, or were commons, or both. I don’t exactly remember the price, but I think it was in the neighborhood of 15 to 25 cents a pop. This was one of those cards that I bought back then.

To me, one of the greatest things about collecting cards, especially if you’re lucky enough to have a collection that spans a number of years, is being able to see photos of a particular player through the years. I’m not sure why, but I find that fascinating. It’s like looking at family pictures and seeing your Grandpappy when he was a wee ‘un.

66TOPPStiant_fHere we see the trimmer, baby faced version of Luis, getting ready to start his third year in the league. Nice classic infielder’s pose. Oh, wait… he’s a pitcher. Well, why is he posing like he’s a first baseman waiting for the pick-off throw? By the way, how awesome is that old school Reds uniform? Wait, what? He plays for the Indians? Well, why is he wearing a Reds uniform if he plays for the Indians? What? What the hell, Luis?!

66TOPPStiant_bI love these old-school card backs. The framing of the information, the card number, the little comic. That might be a dream job of mine, to work at Topps in the ’60’s, drawing weird comic illustrations for the random trivia on the backs of baseball cards. For some reason I imagine that they drank a lot of cocktails at the office. One little detail I really love here is that they include not only what team a player was on for a given year, but what league they played in. I could be completely off base here, but it seems like nowadays, when they even bother to include minor league stats, they just list the team. I feel as though that makes it a little hard to tell if it was Single A, Double A, etc. It’s the little things.

Overall, a nice card that I think complements the 1982 card. The other slice of bread on the sandwich of Luis Tiant’s career*.

By the way, after I posted this and saw it right above the previous post with the Pirate Card of Luis Castillo, I noticed a striking resemblance. Anyone else?

*I don’t know if anyone out there used to read Fire Joe Morgan before they called it quits, but for some reason they were obsessed with using food metaphors in sports journalism. Maybe I’ll try and bring that obsession back.

One Response to “Card of the Moment #3”

  1. The 66 set was the second I remember collecting as a kid. Unfortunately, I think I gave them to a younger kid at some point. This back has all the elements a card back should have, personal info, small paragraph, a cartoon, and a complete set of yearly stats.

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