Tuesday, January 10, 2017

#616 - Scott Sanderson

What a card: This is Scott Sanderson's first Topps flagship card as a Chicago Cub. He was traded from the Expos to the Cubs in a three-way deal with the Padres in December, 1983. He first appeared as a Cub in the 1984 Topps Traded set.

My observation on the front: You can tell Sanderson is 6-5 just looking at this card.

More opinion from me: Sanderson's first appearances on Topps cards, in 1979, 1980 and 1981, shows him with a mustache. He shaved the mustache sometime before his 1982 cards were issued and the mustache never returned for the rest of his 19-year career. I remember being stunned by his transformation in '82. I got used to it, but it was shocking in '82.

Something you might know: Sanderson was an all-star pitcher for the Yankees in 1991, a year in which New York went 71-91. He won 33 games in 1990 and 1991 combined.

Something you might not know: Sanderson became a player agent after his career and has been a longtime partner with Michael Moye. They've represented a number of baseball players like Todd Helton, Josh Hamilton, Lance Berkman and Josh Beckett, along with Olympic sprinter Allyson Felix. They split with Frank Thomas after Thomas boycotted spring training while protesting his contract in 2001.

My observation on the back: OK, now that's a cool trivia question (although the answer is obvious if you know the teams in each World Series). Way to step up your game, trivia quiz.

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