Wednesday, October 2, 2013

DEDICATED "ROOKIE CARDS" #1: 1977 ANDRE DAWSON

I was never a fan of multi-player rookie cards.
They always had pictures that were too small and had basic or no info on the backs. Thus the cards were pretty much useless for fans who liked to study stats or keep track of all the guys on their favorite teams (even if they ended up not sticking around long).
The worst part of those cards were when one of the players ended up becoming a superstar, making for quite the "rookie" shortcoming as far as collecting was concerned.
Today I post the first design of what will be a short thread on this blog: cards of future Hall of Famers who had their rookie cards in the 1970's on one of these multi-player issues.
I say "short thread" because there were only about six players that fit this criteria as far as I can tell: Gary Carter, Jim Rice, Carlton Fisk, Paul Molitor, Mike Schmidt and today's subject, Andre Dawson.
Dawson's actual rookie card from the 1977 set sucks, plain and simple. Sharing a card with three other players who didn't really set the Majors on fire makes for a forgettable piece of cardboard.
So let's jazz things up a bit by giving Dawson a dedicated "rookie card".
First off, let's remind ourselves what his actual issued rookie card (#473) looks like:

It doesn't get any more boring than this!
OK. Now allow me to post up my design for a dedicated 1977 Andre Dawson card:

Dawson on his way to "Rookie of the Year".
Would have been nice to have a rookie card like this for "The Hawk" instead of what was issued by Topps.
Oh well, at least it's fun designing these decades later.
Dawson ran and slammed his way to a Hall of Fame induction in 2010 after a fabulous 21 year career with the Expos, Cubs, Red Sox and Marlins.
By the time he hung up the cleats he posted the following: 2774 hits, 438 homers, 1591 runs batted in and 314 stolen bases.
Throw in a Rookie of the Year award in 1977, an M.V.P. award in 1987, eight Gold Gloves and four Silver Slugger awards, and you see why he was such a force on the baseball diamond.
And let us not forget: if he didn't tear his knees up on that Montreal artificial turf, who knows WHAT he could have added to his final numbers.
Anyway, keep an eye out for the "dedicated rookie cards" of the remaining five players listed above in the future.

3 comments:

  1. I could not agree more with you about these multi-player 'rookie' cards. Shared cards like this, for the most part are (to me) garbage.
    I think your '77 version of AD is awesome, BTW.

    Personally, I don't care what the 'industry' says, AD's true RC (for me) is his 1978 card, (one I can more than live with with that cool Rookie Cup on it).
    As far as I'm concerned, the industry doesn't tell me which card is a RC, I decide that for myself, and those awful multi-player cards (every last one of 'em!) are NOT.

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    1. Hey Rob!
      Thanks for the kind words about some of my posts. I'm just having way too much fun with this!
      Yeah, it's a shame Topps didn't think "out of the box" too often when they were putting these sets together. It seems competition lit a fire under their butts years later when they had those "super rookies" of "#1 draft pick" cards.
      I still say the BIGGEST omission Topps ever made was not producing a Thurman Munson card in 1980 as some sort of memorial.
      Oh well. Maybe I'll start an "80's baseball card blog" after this one!

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  2. You absolutely nailed this one...am making a wall of cards that should have been from the ones you are doing, this will 100% be on that pix! well done!

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