Sunday, April 13, 2014

RANDOM QUICKIE: 1970 TOPPS ZOILO VERSALLES

Today I want to focus a little bit on the 1970 Topps Zoilo Versalles card (#365).
Take a look at it here:


Man, first off the man looks pissed. 
What was going on when this picture was snapped? And why on earth was this shot deemed just right for a baseball card?
To make it that much more of an unique situation, this is the very same photo Topps used for Versalles on his 1969 card as well (#38)!
Check it out:


Hilarious!
Perhaps the look on his face just showed his frustration with his career, which was quickly coming to an end after a split season in 1969 with the Cleveland Indians and Washington Senators.
For the year the former Most Valuable Player hit .236 with a homer and 19 runs batted in over 103 games and 292 at-bats.
1970 would not be any better for him, as he didn't even suit up for a Major League game that year, and would play his last Major League games in 1971 as a member of the Atlanta Braves at the ripe old age of 31.
And as a side note: even though his 1969 card has him depicted as a San Diego Padre, he never played for the team, as he was drafted by them in the expansion draft before they then used him in a trade with the Indians a couple of months later.
Yeah, I guess I'd be pissed as well!

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