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Monday, February 13, 2012

1981 Topps–Jim Sundberg #95, JR Richard #350

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 – Jim Sundberg – Texas Rangers – Card #95
  • Purchase Price – free (Trade with “Royals and Randoms”)

I remember Sundberg and I remembered he was a catcher, so I’m guessing he has a card somewhere that I remember where he’s wearing his catching gear.

81topps-jrrichard350

    • Card Facts – JR Richard – Houston Astros – Card #350
    • Purchase Price – free (Trade with “JABO’s”)

Don’t know an enormous amount about JR Richard.  I want to say he was really good or really bad.  I want to say that he had a consecutive loss streak but I think that happened in the late 80’s so I’m not sure if it was even him.  Basically, I don’t know crap and am just throwing this out there.

  • Cards posted in this set – 46
  • Total price paid – $1.89
  • Average price per card – $0.04
  • Cards left to post – 680
  • Percentage posted – 46/726 (6% posted)
  • Percentage completed – 483/726 (67% completed)

Percentage completed is up to 67% from 59% with the trade cards from Josh at “Royals and Randoms”.

6 comments:

  1. Two great cards of under appreciated guys.

    J.R. Richard is a very sad story. He was one of the best pitchers in the National League throughout the late 1970s. In 1980, when he was 10-4 with a 1.90 ERA he was playing catch before a game and suffered a stroke at age 30. It in effect ended his career at that moment. It's just a shame, because he could have been one of the all time greats. Happily he survived and continues to live to this day, but he could've been a HOFer if his body didn't go out on him.

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  2. BTW, the consecutive loss streak was Anthony Young of the Mets.

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  3. At one point he was homeless and living under a highway overpass in Texas. It lead to major changes in the MLBPA's retirement/pension plan/program.

    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/217945-from-unhittable-to-homeless-the-jr-richard-story

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  4. Now that I hear the story, and the name Anthony Young, all that sounds familiar. Even the homeless part and being linked to changes in the pension program. Apparently my memory only works when reminded. That doesn't bode well since I'm not quite 40 yet. Yikes!

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  5. Sweet! Glad I could help boost that completion percentage.

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  6. http://royalsandrandoms.blogspot.com/2012/05/my-late-obsession.html

    I finally got around to posting your end of the trade. Thanks again! I like those cards a little bit more every time I look through them.

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