Wednesday, February 10, 2010

1987 greg brock

greg brock, the man who replaced steve garvey in los angeles, was traded to the brewers in december of 1986 in exchange for tim crews and tim leary.  both tims would eventually become huge parts of the dodgers' 1988 team, and even though crews was left off the postseason roster, leary was one of the key players in the world series, holding oakland in check in relief in game 1 until gibby took his shot.  i'd say the trade paid off.  i think greg brock is probably a good guy, but to a young fan like i was back in 1983, i didn't want anyone to replace the garv.

here's brock's 1987 o-pee-chee card, complete with the awesome brewers' 'mb' logo:
kind of a strange photo.  a hero shot with a palm tree placed so that it almost looks like brock has a crazy kind of mullett.

here's the topps front:
in addition to the team logo change, the o-pee-chee logo appears in place of topps, and the name block color matches the new team's palette.

here's the o-pee-chee-back:
number 26 in the set, and still bright.  awesome that we now know 'hole in one' is translated as 'trou d'un seul coup'.

and now the topps back:
also number 26!  don't get your hopes up, though, this is just a coincidence.  for the 6th year in a row, the o-pee-chee set was complete at 396 cards, and while there are some cards that have the same number in both the topps and o-pee-chee sets, the checklists are far from identical.

voici à vous, 1987 greg brock!

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