Tuesday, June 9, 2009

196(9) At A Time - Page 11

A whopping 5 airbrushed cards on this page and the Airbrushes have tied up the Hatless 23-23. Two Topps All-Star rookies are also featured on the page.

#89 - Russ Gibson Back-up backstop Gibson in the typical catchers pose at Yankee Stadium. You should have turned you helmet around and really looked like a catcher, Russ.

#90 - Jerry Koosman - The first All-Star rookie on the page, I like his name, but otherwise, he is a Met and I have nothing else to say about him.

#91 - Al Dark Dark spent 1 1/2 years nears the end of his career with the Cubs. He's shown in a Giants uniform, a team he managed from 1961-1964.

#92 - Jack Billingham The Expos drafted Billingham from the Dodgers, which explains the blue airbrushed hat.

#93 - Joe Foy Slugger Joe Foy was taken by the Royals from the Red Sox, as you can tell by the red piping on the jersey and pants.

#94 - Hank Aguirre A very happy Hank Aguirre is pictured in a Tigers uniform, with the very top of the "D" on the jersey visible. He was released by the Dodgers in December, 1968 and signed by the Cubs in spring training, 1969. He made 41 appearances out of the bullpen for the Cubs and posted a 1-0 record. In 1970 he was 3-0 in 17 games, but had a high ERA of 4.50 and was released in July. With that, his big league career was over. He later served as a pitching coach with the Cubs in the mid-'70's.

#95 - Johnny Bench Bench's rookie card is one of the more valuable cards in the set. My guess is that the picture was taken in spring training 1967.

#96 - Denver Lemaster I always remembered him as Denny Lemaster, not Denver. Most of his cards prior to 1969 list him as Denver and from 1970 on he is Denny. He's got an airbrushed Braves hat on.

#97 - Buddy Bradford The Sox outfielder is taking a cut a Payne Park in Sarasota.

Overall Set Totals (player cards only)
Hall of Famers - 7
Hatless - 23
Airbrush - 23
Cubs (includes past, present, or future) - 16

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