Wednesday, March 19, 2014

#274 - The 1976 No. 1 Draft Pick - Floyd Bannister

What a card: This card recognizes the Astros' selection of Floyd Bannister with the No. 1 pick in the 1976 amateur draft. Topps skipped the '75 draft in which Danny Goodwin was selected first for a second time (how cool would it have been to have two Goodwin cards in this subset? OK, not so cool).

My observation on the front: This is a terrific look at the Astros' late '70s uniforms. It was quite the thrill in 1985 to get a splash of nostalgia in the set as the Astros had toned down their rainbow uniforms by the mid-1980s.

More opinion from me: Bannister's first solo card in the 1978 Topps set features a photo taken at Shea. I'm guessing this picture is from the same photo session.

Something you might know: Bannister finished fourth in the NL Rookie of the Year voting in 1978. Andre Dawson, Steve Henderson and Gene Richards finished ahead of him.

Something you might not know: Bannister was cut from his high school freshman baseball team. He would later lead Kennedy High, south of Seattle, to a state title.

My observation on the back: I have nothing to say about these backs. They're so dull.

The blog wants to speak now: The Ballgames and News categories are updated.

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