Monday, October 4, 2010

1980 Topps

In 1979, Paul Molitor established the Brewers’ franchise record for batting average in a single season, .322

On August 3, 1979 at County Stadium vs. the Red Sox, Molitor hit his 10th triple of the year off Steve Renko, breaking Robin Yount’s year old franchise record for most triples in a season.

Molitor finished the season with 16. The record still stands as of 2010.

Three other Hall of Famers appeared in that game - Jim Rice at DH, Carlton Fisk behind the plate and Carl Yastrzemski in left field.

About the Card

The design is an improved variation on the 1974 set. 1980 Topps is the last set considered ‘vintage’ by BeckettEdges being chipped are an issue with the condition. Centering is a factor as well.

This card more accurately should have read 2B-SS because Molitor only made 9 starts at short.

I bought this card raw on eBay for $1.99 shipped! The scan wasn't that great but the centering alone was worth taking a shot. When I got it in hand I immediately felt it had a good chance at a gem mint grade but for reasons lost to me I waited to 2 years before submitting to Beckett.

When the grade popped at "9" I was really excited - not disappointed at all. 

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