Thursday, October 16, 2014

#340 - Robin Yount

What a card: Robin Yount enjoyed another exemplary season in 1984, playing in 160 games, the most for him since 1976.

My observation on the front: This is the last time that Topps would list Yount as a shortstop on the front of his card. He moved to the outfield for the 1985 season. (However, Donruss listed Yount as a shortstop in its 1986 set even though Yount didn't play a single game at short in 1985. Doh!).

More opinion from me: Yount was an all-star just three times in his career. That's insane.

Something you might know: Yount started out in the majors as an 18-year-old and has one of the most valuable rookie cards of the 1970s. He won the AL MVP award in 1982 and 1989.

Something you might not know: Yount made some minor waves a few months ago by saying he wouldn't play in an Old-Timers Game. No big deal, most Old-Timers games died out long ago and only the Yankees regularly have one, as far as I know.

My observation on the back: Topps was a little obsessed with Robin's brother, Larry. This is the fifth (and final) time that Topps mentions Larry Yount on the back of Robin's card. Larry is also mentioned on the 1975, 1977, 1979 and 1980 cards. But Topps made no mention of the fact that Larry Yount got into one game in his career but didn't even throw a pitch because his arm stiffened up during warm-up pitches for the Astros in 1971.

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Rob said...

I think this is one of the best looking cards in the set.

Andy Diver said...

Odd that it seems Topps airbrushed the logo on is wristband. They typically let logos show.