Wednesday, March 25, 2015

MISSING IN ACTION- 1976 TIM BLACKWELL: "1976 PROJECT"

For today's "1976 Project" card, we have a guy who was all over the place as far as Topps goes: former catcher Tim Blackwell.
Check out the card first:


Blackwell was actually "missing" from both the 1976 AND 1975 sets (I'll be tackling that one in the future).
The guy posted over 135 plate appearances both seasons, yet Topps didn't have him on a card until the 1978 set, which is ALSO strange since in 1977 he only appeared in 17 games, good for only 25 plate appearances (???).
So weird…
For the 1975 season, (relating to the card here), Blackwell played in 59 games, good for 157 plate appearances, which saw him hit .197 with 26 hits, 15 runs scored and six runs batted in while filling in for Carlton Fisk and the Red Sox.
We'd soon get familiar with Blackwell once he took his catching gear over to Chicago's North-side, along with his "Macho-Man" mustache that would have made ANY of the guys in the Village People proud.
Blackwell carved out a 10-year career in the Major Leagues, playing for Boston, Philadelphia, Montreal and the Chicago Cubs, before retiring after the 1983 season.

8 comments:

  1. They had Andy Merchant, another Redsox catcher, on a rookie card but no Blackwell... Maybe Tim was black balled... Ouch!

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  2. He looks like Rick Burleson. Also didn't Mr. Blackwell sport the big 'walrus" mustache at some point?

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    1. WOW! He DOES look like him! So much I just double-checked to make sure I didn't make a mistake! But alas, it IS indeed Blackwell here. And yes, he went on to have a killer 'stache in his later years!

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  3. It's Blackwell. And great concept for a card my man.....great work as usual!

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  4. I remember Blacwell. Not bad defensively. Tough to get time behind Fisk and Montgomery

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  5. Cool. How about other 75 Sox like Bob Heise & Diego Segui who spent the whole season on the roster and were omitted as well.

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    1. Well, just so happens I have the Heise already done and written up. Should be posted in about two to three weeks. Thamks for the tip on Segui! Put him on my radar as well!

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    2. Thanks, Can't wait. Love any 76 cards. This was the 1st set I ever completed so I have great affection for those cards.

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