Saturday, July 19, 2014

"IN ACTION" HUH? I BEG TO DIFFER MY FRIENDS...1972 BOB BARTON IN-ACTION CARD

Seriously…"In Action"?!
One of my all-time favorite laughers of a card is the 1972 Bob Barton "In Action" specimen.
Take a look:


Now folks, that is SOME action going on here! Ha!
Can anyone out there NOT focus on the grandfatherly security guy in the stands following the flight of the ball?
Absolutely riotous!
I remember the first time I saw this card in some bin at a flea market in the early-80's and HAD to buy it immediately.
Just too good of an image to pass up for a ten/eleven year old boy…
As for Barton, he did forge out a ten year career as a spot catcher for the Giants, Padres and Reds.
The only season he played somewhat "full-time" was in 1971, appearing in 121 games, good for 413 plate appearances and a .250 average with five homers and 23 runs batted in.
He played his last Major League season in 1974 at the age of 32 before leaving the game for good.
But wow, what a great card for all of eternity...

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