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Wednesday, January 4, 2012

1981 Topps–Frank Tanana #369

I’m collecting the 1981 set, slowly but surely. This post is the latest in my quest for the completion.

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  • Card Facts – Frank Tanana – California Angels – Card #369
  • Purchase Price – $0.05 (part of a lot – 100/$4.99)
  • On the back (toon, bottom left) – Led American League with 269 strikeouts in 1975.
  • On the back (toon, bottom right) – Topped junior circuit with 2.54 ERA during 1977 seasons.
  • Drafted by the California Angels in the 1st round (13th pick) of the 1971 amateur draft.
  • Debut – September 9, 1973.
  • 1973-1980 (Angels), 1981 (Red Sox), 1982-1985 (Rangers), 1985-1992 (Tigers), 1993 (Mets), 1993 (Yankees)
  • Born in Detroit, MI

Was a 3 time All-Star (1976-1978). Frank led the league in ERA in 1977 (2.54). Led the league in strikeouts in 1975 (269) and was in the top 3 in 1976 (2nd, 261) and 1977 (3rd, 205) too. In 1977 he led the league in shutouts with 7.

  • Cards I have posted in this set – 13
  • Total price paid – $1.19
  • Average price per card – $0.09
  • Cards left to post – 713

When I hear Frank Tanana, I think of his 1985 Topps when he played for Detroit. I remember him from the mid 80’s on.

3 comments:

  1. I always think of his 86 Topps first followed by his 75 Rookie Cup card.

    He was a better pitcher than is remembered or chronicled.

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  2. BTW, wasn't Tanana on the Rangers in 85 Topps?

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  3. Apparently he was, so I don't know what card I was thinking of. Oops.

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