Let’s go and give future 200-game winner Jerry Koosman a 1979 “Traded” card.
Check out my design:
“Kooz” spent the first 12 years of his Major League career as a New York
Met, and performed marvelously, posting solid seasons which saw him
finish behind Johnny Bench in 1968 for National League Rookie of the
Year in 1968, and in second-place for Cy Young in 1976 when he won a
career high 21 games to along with a 2.69 earned run average and 200
But over the following two seasons, and not entirely HIS fault, Koosman
posted a combined 11-35 record, even though his ERA was around 3.62 and
he struck out 352 batters.
That was enough for the Mets to ship him to Minnesota on December 8th,
1978 for a relief pitcher that would pay off years later, Jesse Orosco.
Koosman immediately made an impact in Minnesota, posting another 20-win
season (at the time one of the few to do so in both leagues), while
posting a 3.38 ERA and 157 strikeouts.
By the time he retired after the 1985 season he’d win 222 games, while
collecting a nice 3.36 ERA with 2556 strikeouts and 33 shutouts over 612
games, 527 of which were starts.
I remember hearing years ago that Koosman loved to tell people how his
“rookie card” was worth a lot of money and was the hottest card in the
1968 set, only to follow up and casually mention that “Oh yeah, some guy
named Nolan Ryan is on there too.”