Tuesday, November 24, 2015


Here’s a 1970 “Dedicated Rookie” card for former Oakland A’s pitching ace Vida Blue, who was about to explode onto the baseball world a year later.

Blue made a handful of appearances in 1969, and even less in 1970 before absolutely dominating the Major Leagues in 1971, posting a 24-8 record with 301 strikeouts and a 1.82 earned run average, allowing him to take home not only a Cy Young Award, but the American League MVP as well.
He would go on to post two more 20-win seasons, while also starting an all-star game for both the A.L. (1971) and N.L. (1978), with six seasons of sub-3.00 ERA as well.
By the time he retired after the 1986 season he was the owner of over 200 career wins (209), with a nice 3.27 ERA and 2175 K’s.
In addition to his Cy Young win in 1971 he also posted a third-place finish in 1978, and was named to six all-star games, while leading the Oakland A’s to three straight World Series championships between 1972-1974.
Not a bad career at that!


  1. Normally, I don't like your Dedicated Rookie cards. However, I think that this card turned out great. Vida Blue was a superstar, but then things went downhill majorly after he was traded to the Kansas City Royals. Remember, Topps did not issue cards for him in 1984 and 1985, but he does have cards in the 1986 and 1987 sets. Superstars should never be forgotten, even if they screw up later on.

  2. Beautiful card. Love that vest uniform, and the framing of it really spotlights that look.

  3. Not Bad Numbers, But he could have been so Much Better.



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