Monday, January 4, 2016

#487 - Frank Williams

What a card: This is Frank Williams' first flagship card. He appears in the 1984 Topps Traded and Fleer Update sets.

My observation on the front: Williams looks like a rookie in this photo.

More opinion from me: I love blue sky backgrounds on cards.

Something you might know: A potent set-up reliever who pitched in 85 games for the Reds in 1987, Williams is one of those tragic figures of the 1985 set. He ended up living on the streets after his career and died at age 50 in 2009.

Something you might not know: When he was homeless, Williams would often hang out at M.V.P. Sports Collectibles, a sports cards shop in Victoria, British Columbia. An alcoholic, he would often lose his identification on the streets and regularly pick up a trading card of himself at the store to use as ID.

My observation on the back: Topps is channeling its inner O-Pee-Chee with this trivia question.

Something you might know: A very painful addition to the Ballgames category has been made.

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