truth be told, this might be the card that provided the impetus for this blog. i started to purchase o-pee-chee cards on a family vacation in 1978, and i was able to amass a fair number of cards from then until 1986. i did not come across rick monday's card until much later, and i frankly regretted not knowing about it sooner. so, eventually i decided to see what other variations might be out there and once i found them, i figured they were worth sharing. but before i get to the wrap up post, there is this final variation to showcase.
in january of 1977, rick monday was traded from the cubs to the dodgers. o-pee-chee whipped up a team variation, complete with a different (although poorly airbrushed) image and a slightly relocated facsimile autograph. i wouldn't have it any other way. here is monday's 1977 o-pee-chee card:
unfortunately, monday had some injury issues in 1977, and his production was off from his big numbers in 1976. still, he helped the dodgers get to the postseason, and did so again in 1978 and especially 1981, when he had me jumping around the lunchtime elementary school playground as he circled the bases in montreal.
voici à vous, 1977 rick monday!
will there be a final tribute?
9 months ago