Monday, July 2, 2012

1977 freddie patek

o-pee-chee chose to show slightly more of freddie patek than did topps in 1977, and they also lowered his facsimile autograph, making it more difficult to see.  here is patek's 1977 o-pee-chee card:
here's the topps front:
now the o-pee-chee back:
check out that well dressed baseball card dealer.  or is he the collector?  where are the sweatpants and dirty t-shirt and the messy hair.  don't all baseball card collectors and dealers look like bill gaines?  all kidding aside, this is a pretty cool cartoon, even if the cards are more the size of those poker chips james bond uses in 'casino royale'.

and the topps back:
i would be breaking the rule of mentioning freddie patek if i didn't note that he was a smallish baseball player.  the back of the cards list him as 5'-4" and 140 pounds.  i think there is even a cartoon on the back of a 1977 card that addresses his diminutive nature.  regardless, patek led the american league in steals in 1977 with 53.  in the postseason, he didn't steal any bases, but he did hit .389 (7 for 18) in the alcs against the yankees for the second year in a row.  he also had 5 rbi and an ops of 1.067 in the 1977 playoffs with four of his seven hits being for extra bases.

voici à vous, 1977 freddie patek!

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