Saturday, December 5, 2020

Venn Diagram: 3 short-time Pirates, 3 1984 Fleer Update, 5 cards total

 I finally received my COMC box that I requested shipment of in July.  I won't get into how I haven't posted in months, and I'll just jump right into a post of 5 cards from the box.

Luis Tiant of the Pirates.
I posted once about folks I hadn't realized were ever Pirates.  I covered Bobby Shantz, Maury Wills, Amos Otis, and George Hendrick there. In the comments I was pointed to a post of Dime Box Nick, in which I learned of a few more.  I didn't want all of them for myself, but Luis Tiant was too good for me to pass up.

Goose Gossage of the Pirates.
I hadn't known that Luis Tiant was ever a Pirate, but I did know about Goose Gossage.  I think the story of the airbrushing on his 1978 Topps card is well-known.  I looked into whether there were any cards (from the time, not modern cards) of him with the Buccos, and this one came up.  It's always good to have another old Hostess, too.
Pete Rose of the Expos.
Along the same lines, but without the Pittsburgh connection, is this 1984 Fleer Update of Pete Rose with the Expos.  Of course Pete Rose is an extremely problematic individual, and I wouldn't usually go out of my way to get another card of him.  But Pete Rose with the Expos is kind of like Reggie Jackson with the Orioles, and it feels like it needs commemoration in my collection.  For Reggie the best I have (at present) is the 1988 Score card.  This is a bit better to me since this is actually from the time that he was with the Expos.

Shane Rawley.
I got a couple more 1984 Fleer Update cards.  I went to a lot of Phillies games with Dad in the late 80s/early 90s.  This was the period firmly between their 1983 and 1993 pennants.  They were generally quite bad in that interval.  Shane Rawley was the ace of the pitching staff for a couple of years, around 1987.  He came to the Phils after time with the Mariners and Yankees, and finished his career in 1989 with the Twins.  He put together a 111-118 career record with a 4.02 ERA.
John Tudor of the Pirates.
So who is at the intersection of this Venn diagram?  Short-time Pirate John Tudor on a 1984 Fleer Update card.

 Thanks for reading!  We'll see if I can post a little more in the next couple of months.


  1. Looks like I helped inspire you to pick up a card of the great El Tiante! Happy to spread the word. Hope you enjoyed Nick's post.

  2. Great Tiant. I don't have a card of Tiant as a Pirate yet, so I should get on to that soon.

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    1. Indeed. I'll see if I can keep it up for a while again.