Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Recent Acquisition: Garry Maddox rookie card

I recently sent a few cards out to PSA for grading for the first time.  These cards came from my album of favorite cards, and as a result, it opened up a few spaces in the album, clearing the way for a few acquisitions.  I am delighted to have just added a Garry Maddox 1973 Topps rookie card to my collection.
1973 Topps Garry Maddox rookie card

While he started out with the Giants, Maddox was an integral part of the great late 1970s/early 1980s Phillies teams.  He was with the Phillies on their 1976, 1977, and 1978 NL East division winning team, their 1980 World Championship team, the 1981 first-half NL East champions, and their 1983 NL Pennant-winning team.  While he was certainly a good hitter, his nickname as the Secretary of Defense shows what he was really known for.  The famous saying, due to the great Harry Kalas, apparently, is "Two-thirds of the Earth is covered by water, the other one-third is covered by Garry Maddox."  As someone who grew up in the Philadelphia media market in this era, this is a nice card to have picked up.

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