Thursday, July 27, 2017

#685 - Bill Caudill

What a card: Bill Caudill was coming off his only All-Star season when this card was issued. He saved a career-high 36 games, which was second in the AL only to Dan Quisenberry's 44 in 1984.

My observation on the front: Caudill appears much too cheerful to be delivering a pitch here. It could be a grimace, I suppose.

More opinion from me: You can't beat Caudill's 1981 Topps card.

Something you might know: Caudill was famed sports agent Scott Boras' first client. Boras oversaw Caudill's five-year deal with the Blue Jays in 1985.

Something you might not know: Caudill's Boras-negotiated contract also said that Caudill could appear in a Blue Jays uniform for promotional or commercial purposes as long as the Blue Jays approved. It was the first time this common contract provision was added.

My observation on the back: This story from 1982 said that Caudill also featured a Sherlock Holmes-style pipe. The deerstalker cap mentioned in that article is a Sherlock Holmes-style hat.

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John Bateman said...

Love the colors on this card

Anagramsci said...

I always picture Caudill relaxing with a paper cup of joe, a la his 1983 Topps album sticker