Wednesday, July 27, 2016

MISSING IN ACTION- 1972 FRANK TEPEDINO

Here’s a “missing” 1972 card for former first-baseman/outfielder Frank Tepedino, who put together an eight-year career in the Major Leagues between 1967 and 1975:


Tepedino appeared in 59 games during the 1971 season, split between the New York Yankees and Milwaukee Brewers, batting .188 with 21 hits over 112 at-bats.
After playing in only eight games the following year for the Bronx Bombers, he would move on to the Atlanta Braves, where he would play the final three years of his pro days, seeing the most action of his career, helping out at first base as well as pinch-hitting.
He would end up batting .241 as a Major League player, totaling 122 hits in 507 at-bats in 265 games, with 50 runs scored and 58 runs batted in.

6 comments:

  1. At one time, Beckett listed Frank Tepedino's 1975 Topps card for $1.00 -- instead of 60 cents, which is what commons from that set basically list for. Can anyone explain to me why he's supposedly worth more than he should be?

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    1. I saw it was card #9 in the set so I thought it might be the first card after the Highlights subset, which maybe could have translated into it being the first player card with potential "rubber band damage", but alas good old Rogelio Moret is in that spot #8 with 7 Highlight cards to start the set. The only other reason I could think of is maybe Frank's card was located in a place in the uncut sheet that made it unusually susceptible to damage of miscut (which would increase its Near-Mint value). But when I look at images of the uncut sheets, Frank is on the 2nd to last row, right in the middle of the row, so that would NOT lend to unusual damage, like there could be at the corner/edge of an uncut sheet.

      Sometimes New York Yankee commons hold a premium value but Tepedino is a Brave on the card and had not been a Yankee for a few years and certainly was not challenging Mantle/Murcer/Munson in popularity during the era, so that would be a huge stretch also.

      Long story short (too late) I have no idea why his card would be worth more than any other common, unless Frank was related to Beckett somehow.

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    2. Fascinating. Which Topps cards from 1970-79 do you know of that generally fall into the miscut category. I can think of three: '72 Topps W. Mays In Action, '75 Topps R. Carty, and '79 Topps O. Smith.

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    3. The 1979 Ozzie Smith you mention is the only really egregious one I can think of...probably because I have had 5 of them and they were all at least 70/30 off center :)

      But obviously that is not a common card so my argument is theoretical. But just like the Tango, it takes two cards to have a miscut, so whatever card is just above/below Ozzie could have a similar problem.

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  2. It could be because of the fact that Frank later became a NY Firefighter and was one of the 9/11 first responders. Here's a good article on his life after baseball and the 9/11 attacks.

    http://www.hardballtimes.com/card-corner-1971-topps-frank-tepedino/

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    1. THANKS! Did you already know this or did you have to do a search? I'm a New Yorker and I never heard of his connection to 9/11.

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