Card fact: I'm going out on a limb here, because I don't feel like going through every card in the set right now, but I'm going to say this is the only card in the set with a player blowing a bubble. (Interestingly -- or not so interestingly -- I just posted the Ken Reitz card a few days ago. Reitz is blowing a bubble on his 1974 Topps card).
What I thought about this card then: Didn't see it. But I would have loved it if I did. This is my favorite color combo in the set.
What I think about this card now: My goodness, look at the dungeon they made the Twins sit in during games. Look at the walls. Look at the hooks. Blyleven is pictured in something out of a horror movie set.
Other stuff: A comment on the previous post mentioned Dave Parker and the Hall of Fame. Well, here is a player that a lot of bloggers believe should be in the Hall of Fame. I'm not 100 percent positive he should be there. I remember him being quite good with the Pirates. I also remember him giving up a lot of gopher balls. I think my view is skewed because he pitched for some lousy teams.
Back facts: "Rikalbert" is an awesome middle name. And "Zeist, Holland" is an awesome birthplace.
Also note Blyleven's 325 innings pitched in 1973. No one has pitched more than 300 innings in a season since 1980.
Other blog stuff: I very nearly made a big blooper in the posting of the card. For the longest time, I have had Dusty Baker in the sleeve that holds #30 in my '75 Topps binder, and Blyleven in the #33 sleeve. I have no idea why. I was ready to post the Baker card, but upon posting the back of the card, I noted that the card number was #33. Whoops.
Ramblings ... with a contest winner at the end
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