Friday, August 17, 2018

#30T - Ivan DeJesus

What a card: Ivan DeJesus came to the Cardinals from the Phillies, traveling to St. Louis with reliever Bill Campbell in exchange for pitcher David Rucker.

How'd that go: DeJesus got into just 59 games with the Cardinals in 1985, his fewest games in a season since 1976. It also began an end-of-career pattern in which he played for a different team in each of his final five seasons.

Backatya: DeJesus began his career with the Dodgers (just like his son, Ivan Jr.) and was dealt to the Cubs in the trade that sent Bill Buckner to Chicago for Rick Monday.

Back-to-back: I've always liked the DeJesus Traded card because the close cropping reminds me of similar treatment with some 1970s favorites. Also the bright red cap drew me in. However, the closer I look, the more it appears that the hat is airbrushed. The "S" in the logo looks off-kilter.

The flagship card is No. 791 (second-to-last card in the set). It appeared on this blog on May 23, 2018.

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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

#29T - Brian Dayett

What a card: The Cubs acquired Brian Dayett from the Yankees in a six-player deal on Dec. 4, 1984. Dayett and pitcher Ray Fontenot were sent to Chicago in exchange for pitchers Porfi Altamirano and Rich Bordi, outfielder Henry Cotto and catcher Ron Hassey.

How'd that go: Dayett barely played for the Cubs, starting with just 22 games in 1985. The plan for him to become Chicago's eventual left fielder never materialized.

Backatya: St. Leo College is noted more for the pitchers it has sent to the majors, among them Bob Tewksbury, Frank DiPino and Jim Corsi.

Back-to-back: Dayett's flagship card is No. 534 in the set. It was blogged on May 17, 2016.

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Monday, August 13, 2018

#28T - Jerry Davis

What a card: This is the seventh rookie card in the set and one of the more obscure players. Davis played in 44 games for the Padres in 1985, batting .293. He never returned to the majors.

My observation on the front: Brown is an odd color for a professional team (unless your name is "the Browns"), but the Padres need to own it as part of their history from the beginning by including the color in their primary uniform. None of this blue stuff.

More opinion from me: I have absolutely no memory of Jerry Davis.

Something you might know: Davis won the starting left field job and led off during the defending NL champion Padres' opening game in 1985. A knee injury forced him to retire by 1987.

Something you might not know: If you're looking for this card on COMC, you will have to do a search for former 1970s infielder Jerry DaVanon because that's the name listed on the site for Davis' 1985 Traded cards.

My observation on the back: Davis is a Christmas baby.

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Thursday, August 9, 2018

#27T - Jim Davenport

What a card: This is Jim Davenport's first Topps card since the 1970 set when he was still a player.

My observation on the front: Is that a uniform under that jacket? It looks like a regular white T-shirt.

More opinion from me: There are some managers from the mid-1980s that didn't last long. Since I paid little attention to the baseball season or baseball cards at that time, I have zero memory of people like Davenport managing.

Something you might know: Davenport spent just one season managing the Giants in 1985. In fact, he was replaced late in the year by Roger Craig.

Something you might not know: When current Giants manager Bruce Bochy played Little League ball in North Carolina he used a Jim Davenport-model bat.

My observation on the back: It amazes me how many years Topps capitalized words like "doubles".

The blog wants to speak now: The Pop Culture tab is updated.

Monday, August 6, 2018

#26T - Danny Darwin

What a card: Danny Darwin came to the Brewers from the Rangers in a four-team deal on Jan. 18, 1985. The deal also involved the Mets and Royals and six players changed teams.

How'd that go: Darwin started 29 games for the Brewers in 1985 and lost a career-high 18 games (against eight wins). He also led the AL in home runs allowed with 34.

Backatya: The Yankees of 1998-2000 are now the last team to win the World Series three consecutive years. That was not a pleasant time.

Back-to-back: Darwin would pitch for seven teams during his 21-year career but this was his first appearance in a new uniform after spending seven years with the Rangers.

The original card was blogged on Oct. 26, 2013.

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Thursday, August 2, 2018

#25T - Dave Collins

What a card: The Oakland A's obtained Dave Collins, along with shortstop Alfredo Griffin, from the Blue Jays for relief pitcher Bill Caudill on Dec. 8, 1984. The A's were Collins' sixth major league team (he'd play for eight).

How'd that go: A little bit of a disappointment. Collins was on-fire with the Blue Jays in 1984. He fell back to average numbers with the A's in 1985 and moved on to the Tigers in 1986.

Backatya: Regarding Collins' interests at the bottom and how they match up with my interests: Strike 1, Strike 2, Strike 3, Strike 4.

Back-to-back: The original flagship card of Collins wins out over the traded card, despite the appearance of a batting cage in the A's card.

Collins' flagship card is No. 463 and was blogged on Oct. 15, 2015.

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Friday, July 27, 2018

#24T - Vince Coleman

What a card: This is the sixth rookie card in the Traded set and one of the biggest in a set not known for its rookies. Vince Coleman would produce an astonishing rookie season in 1985, recording 110 stolen bases and winning the Rookie of the Year Award.

My observation on the front: I enjoy it when Topps gets it right: Vince Coleman on the basepaths.

More opinion from me: Coleman got on my bad side right away during his rookie year. Not only did his Cardinals beat my Dodgers in the 1985 NLCS, but he famously said, "I don't know nothing about Jackie Robinson."

Something you might know: Coleman missed the 1985 World Series when the automatic tarp rolled over his leg during pregame warmups for Game 4 of the NLCS.

Something you might not know: Coleman, whose cousin Greg was a punter in the NFL for 12 years, once was fined $25 by manager Jim Fregosi, after showing off his own punting abilities to his Triple A Louisville teammates before a game.

My observation on the back: I'll take a moment to mention how bizarre it was to see a card with nothing but minor league stats on the back when I was a kid.

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