Friday, October 23, 2009

#8 - Rogelio Moret

Card fact: This is the first "player card" of the set. This is also the second color combination of the set: yellow-light blue.

What I thought about this card then: My brother had this card. He was and is a Red Sox fan. Red Sox cards automatically went to him. That was a rule of card collecting in our household (all Dodgers went to me, so I was cool with it). I remember the Moret card he had was the mini card.

What I think about this card now: The one disturbing thing to me now is that I had no idea how to pronounce Moret's name then, and I have no idea how to pronounce his name now. First and last name. No clue. Still. I am so glad I didn't pick broadcasting for a career.

Other stuff: I don't remember watching Moret pitch when I was a kid. What I do remember is the end of his career, in 1978, when he was found in the locker room in a catatonic state, holding out a shower slipper. I didn't know what "catatonic state" meant. I had to look it up, and when I figured out what it was, it freaked me out. Keep in mind, there was no internet then. So I was probably freaked out 3 weeks after the fact.

Back facts: The first cartoon of the set! Yay! It says that 100 players named Smith have played in the majors. According to, that total has ballooned to 145 players.

This card also shows the first example of the green type on the red/pink background, which can be difficult to read, especially the vital statistics area at the top.

Other blog stuff: In my first attempt to define one of the designs in the '75 Topps set, I'm going with the "candy-corn" design for the title of the orange-brown combination. That's open for debate or reconsideration, as I have 651 more cards before I put this blog to bed.


Jim said...

The set and the set's colors have always reminded me of Saturday morning cartoons. 75 Topps, Scooby-Doo and Super Friends - so much in common and so many hours of happiness.

Fastforward many years, and this particular color scheme makes me think of printer ink - cyan, magenta, yellow.

night owl said...

Being around newspapers much of my life, I think you're spot on with the printer ink color scheme, Jim. That's perfect!