Tuesday, January 3, 2012
#1 - Record Breaker, Carlton Fisk
What a card: This card commemorates Carlton Fisk catching all 25 innings of a game on May 9, 1984 against the Milwaukee Brewers. That is a record he still holds and one that is absolutely incredible. Fisk is well-deserved in receiving card No. 1 in this set.
My observation on the front: Fisk's best look is his pissed-off look. It's featured on a number of his cards, including this one. I'm sure he's an excellent father, but you don't want to see that look coming at you from a son/daughter vantage point.
More opinion from me: I do not like the record breaker subset in 1985 Topps. The purple makes it look like it belongs in another set, and the yellow-red "record breaker" design puts me in the mind of a Denny's Grand Slam breakfast.
Something you might know: The White Sox wore their uniform numbers atrociously close to their crotch for seven painful years, from 1982-88.
Something you might not know: Fisk threw out four runners in this 25-inning game. He threw out two in the ninth (Ben Oglivie and Bobby Clark), one in the 10th (Dion James) and one in the 20th (Mark Brouhard).
My observation on the back: That is the largest thumbtack ever.
The blog wants to speak now: Take a look at the tabs at the top of the blog. I will be updating them regularly in an attempt to immerse you into 1985 as much as possible. I was 19 years old in '85 and anyone who is 19 has a love affair with whatever year it happens to be. So you're going to know all about St. Elmo's Fire and Tears for Fears and Pee Wee's Big Adventure.