Wednesday, April 15, 2015

MISSING IN ACTION-"IN ACTION" #34: 1972 SAL BANDO

Today we give former Oakland A's star third baseman Sal Bando a "missing" in-action card in the 1972 set.
Take a look:


It's so easy to forget that Bando was such a solid player throughout the decade.
You look at the fact that he finished in second place for MVP in 1971 (behind teammate Vida Blue), fourth place in 1973 (behind teammate Reggie Jackson), and third place in 1974, and he really could have been remembered as one of the best of the wild-70's.
One of the anchors of the Oakland A's dynasty during the decade, he easily get's lost behind former teammates Jackson, Rudi, Campaneris, Hunter, Blue et al.
A four-time all-star, Bando moved on to Milwaukee after 1976 during the Oakland "exodus" of stars and put together a few more solid years before his career petered-out by 1979.
He retired after a 16-year career in 1981, with 1790 hits, 982 runs scored, 242 homers, 1039 runs batted in and a .254 batting average.
And thanks to blog follower Joe, I've now realized that he was denied an all-star card in the 1970 set! So what for that card in the near future…

6 comments:

  1. This is one of your best! Love the 72 in action cards! You do them better than Topps did!

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  2. Great card. As much as I liked the A's unis from the 70's, I always liked the vest version too. He was an underrated player for sure.

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  3. I wasn't expecting this one, although I indeed like Bando. I wonder, which A's player from the '72 set will be next to receive an IN ACTION card?

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  4. Love this card. I predict Joe Rudi as the next A in action card.

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  5. Cool Card of another Former ASU Sun Devil, Yes!

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  6. Bando deserved a card much more the Curt Belfrey.

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