Saturday, September 5, 2015


OK, so let's take a gander at what I consider one of the funnier cards out there during the decade: the 1972 Bob Barton "In Action" card.
Now in this case "In Action" MUST BE quoted since the photo is about as NON-action-packed as you can get.
Take a look:

Barton looking around while at the backstop, probably after watching a foul ball head that way.
My favorite is the elder security guard/police officer looking up, probably watching the flight of the ball.
Just awesome!
I swear that officer is more of a prominent figure in the card to me than the player himself!
As for Barton himself, he put in 10-years as a Major League catcher, playing for the Giants, Padres and Reds before his time was up after 1974.
His best year was easily 1971 when he played in 121 games for San Diego, hitting .250 with 94 hits over 376 at-bats, with 17 doubles, two triples and five homers to go along with 23 runs batted in.
He never played in more than 61 games in any other year during his career.
He'd retire with a lifetime .226 average, with 237 hits over 1049 at-bats, nine homers, 34 other extra base hits and 66 RBI's for his troubles.
And one awesome classic "In Action" card in 1972!


  1. On the contrary, this is probably as much action as Barton saw during his journeyman backup career. :)

  2. I always used to wonder about the "Action" quality of this one. I guess, given that Topps was still just a couple years into offering ANY on-field, game time images, this could count at the time. You could also write an essay on how Topps decided to include some "Stars" in its In Action subset, while others were excluded. Included were - Jerry Johnson, Steve Renko, Ray Sedecki, Tito Fuentes, Barton, Curt Blefary, Alan Gallagher and Pat Corrales. Excluded were Frank Robinson, Tony Perez, Bill Mazeroski, Bob Gibson, Joe Morgan, Lou Brock, Gaylord Perry, Jim Hunter, Fergie Jenkins and Brooks Robinson. I suppose that in the end it came down to looking through their files to see who they actually had action shots of. But still, it makes you shake your head.

  3. Some players are more well-known (or "remembered") than they probably should be because of specific baseball cards...I'm looking at you Kurt Bevaqua!

    Bob Barton fits into this category for me. Nothing really sets him apart from the 100's of journeyman Catchers over the years, except for his getting on a 1972 Topps In Action card, and thus being a little more special than those other guys (in my mind).



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