Wednesday, January 4, 2017
#614 - Al Williams
What a card: This is the final Topps card of Al Williams issued during his career. He was actually released by the Twins after the 1984 season, meaning his MLB career was already done when collectors were pulling this card.
My observation on the front: Classic glare. A little "Whatchoo talkin' 'bout Willis?" mixed with "what did you just say?"
More opinion from me: I really want Williams to be sitting in the stands. I don't think he is, but it looks like he is.
Something you might know: Williams won 35 games for the Twins between 1980-84, but he's most known for fighting with the Sandinista rebels against the Somoza regime during the Nicaragua Revolution from 1977-78.
Something you might not know: When Williams was a teenager, an earthquake destroyed half of his house while he was sleeping in it.
My observation on the back: Those very same facts (Al is third Nicaraguan to play MLB and the other two are Martinez and Chevez) are mentioned on the back of his rookie card in 1981 Topps, except in cartoon form. But Topps never told you he was a freedom fighter. I had to find that out from Donruss and Fleer.
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