Tuesday, August 22, 2017

#694 - Joe Carter

What a card: This is Joe Carter's first Topps card. He first appears in a major set as a Rated Rookie, and a Chicago Cub, in 1984 Donruss.

My observation on the front: That is a pretty terrific photo for your first Topps card. I daresay he didn't have one as good until 1992 Topps.

More opinion from me: Dammit, I wanted the Phillies to win.

Something you might know: Carter is one of only two players to end a World Series with a walk-off home run. If you don't know the first, then why in the world are you reading a baseball card blog?

Something you might not know: Carter runs a golf tournament in Toronto that benefits the Children's Aid Foundation and attracts a number of celebrities. One of those celebrities one year was Mitch Williams, who gave up Carter's walk-off homer in 1993. Carter's family was there and Carter introduced Williams to them. Williams' response: "Oh, man, this is just what I need. Everybody looks like Joe Carter."

My observation on the back: The trivia answer was outdated by the end of 1985. Vince Coleman stole 110 bases as a rookie in '85.

The blog wants to speak now: The Ballgames category is updated.

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