Tuesday, February 22, 2011

1976 Topps

April 20, 1975, Dennis Eckersley makes his home debut facing Hank Aaron with the bases loaded.  Indians are up by 6 runs in the 8th inning.

Eckersley BALKS scoring future HOF member Robin Yount from third base.

Of course, this was Hank Aaron at 41 years old. But I supposed for a rookie, facing a legend can be nerve wracking.

Eckersley went on to have an incredibly good rookie season that was completely ignored by the BBWAA in the ROY balloting. 

The perils of playing in Cleveland for a losing ball club.

About the Card

The least interesting design of the mid-70s Topps production. Very basic. However, these colors work well with the photo. The cartoon position player is wholly uninspired and rehashed from the 1973 set.

This card was recently graded MINT by Beckett and it looks every bit of it. Sharp edges, 50/50 centering, tight corners, I'm guessing the surface with a few print dots on it is the reason it didn't receive a GEM MINT grade but regardless it's an incredible card.

It's currently being sold by the guys at Pristine Paper. They're asking for $750.00 - in theory that's a good price but Eck isn't popular enough to command that price. I would think even a PSA 9 would have trouble fetching that price. 

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