Wednesday, May 28, 2014

#296 - Ricky Nelson

What a card: This is the final Topps card issued of Ricky Nelson during his career (he had only two Topps cards). It's a little surprising that he's featured in this set since he appeared in only nine major league games in 1984.

My observation on the front: Nelson wore No. 10 for the Mariners in 1983 and 1984. The number on the bat does not appear to be a 10. Must be displaying someone else's lumber.

More opinion from me: The "hero" shot is a classic baseball card pose. I should do a post on this someday (*writes himself a note*).

Something you might know: Nelson made minor noise for the Mariners with his rookie season in 1983, appearing in 98 games and batting .254. He was a noted base stealer in the minors, swiping 43 for Bakersfield in 1982.

Something you might not know: Nelson was drafted ahead of better-known Arizona State and Mariner teammate Alvin Davis in 1981. But Davis was drafted by the A's and he didn't sign. The next year, the Mariners drafted Davis and he signed.

My observation on the back: Sammy Sosa now holds the NL (and MLB) record for home runs in a month. He blasted 20 during the home run summer of 1998.

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

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