Tuesday, May 8, 2012
#46 - Gary Woods
What a card: This is Gary Woods' second-to-last baseball card. He was entering what would be his final major league season in 1985. Topps was nice enough to issue a card of him in 1986, though.
My observation on the front: Woods looks like he caught the photographer taking the picture of him. I don't think it was meant to be a posed shot -- it's difficult to tell.
More opinion from me: Woods was a member of the first Toronto Blue Jays team, which means I automatically have an affinity for him. I loved the early Blue Jays and I remember treasuring those 1978 Topps cards of the Jays more than any other cards in that set, aside from the Dodgers.
Something you might know: Woods played in the very first Blue Jays game in history, on April 7, 1977 at Exhibition Stadium in Toronto. He started in center field, and went 1-for-5 at the plate. In his first at-bat, he bunted for a single to lead off the bottom of the second inning.
Something you might not know: Woods was traded for current Rockies manager Jim Tracy, when he was sent from the Astros to the Cubs in 1981.
My observation on the back: You can see the gap in Woods' major league career between 1978-80. He spent most of '78 and all of 1979 in the minors. After a card in the 1978 set, he didn't get another Topps card until the 1981 set.
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