Tuesday, December 5, 2023


Today on the blog we take a look at another OPC/Topps image variation in the 1977 sets, this time for Dave Cash of the Montreal Expos:

OPC version
Topps version

Obviously, as with so many others, the OPC Cash has a nice posed shot as opposed to the Topps airbrush monster you see here.
Cash, who played the first five years of his Big League career with the Pittsburgh Pirates, came over to the Philadelphia Phillies in October of 1973 in a trade for pitcher Ken Brett, and did not disappoint the Phillie faithful, having his three best years as a Major Leaguer between 1974-1976.
In those three seasons Cash averaged over 200 hits a season, along with a .300 average while playing pretty much every single game, even setting the MLB record (since broken) of 699 at-bats during the 1975 season.
He’d sign with the Montreal Expos in the Winter of 1976 as a Free Agent, and would have one more very good year in 1977 before quickly having his career turn South.
In his 1977 season, Cash would collect 188 hits, with 42 doubles and 21 stolen bases while hitting .289 in 650 at-bats.
The following year he took a bit of a dip, hitting only .252 with 166 hits, scoring 66 runs with 12 steals, though he did appear in 159 games.
After an injury-plagued 1979 season he found himself with the San Diego Padres in 1980, where he hit .227 over 130 games, before retiring at only 32 years of age.
All told, Cash finished with a very nice .283 career average, with 1571 hits over 5554 at-bats and 1422 games between 1969 and 1980, stealing 120 bases and scoring 732 runs.


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