Card fact: Only the second card in which the signature differs from the name line ("Fred," "Freddie"). The other was Dave Concepcion ("David," "Dave").
What I thought about this card then: Did not see it. But a year or two later I would get to know all about Freddie Patek, because a kid from Kansas moved into the neighborhood. We became friends and he was a Royals nut. Loved the team. It was a good time to be a Royals fan, because the Royals were an excellent club, unlike now.
What I think about this card now: Patek is known for being short. He's 5-foot-4. So, I've studied his card looking for signs of diminutiveness (it's a word, I looked it up). The only thing I can tell is his hat appears too big for his head.
Other stuff: I think I'm going to have to start counting powder blue uniforms, too. Believe it or not, this is the sixth one featured so far.
Back facts: That looks nothing like Bowie Kuhn. ... Also, it was a very different world then, when they let 5-foot-4 people who hit .225 bat 537 times in a season.
Other blog stuff: Up to 441 cards in the set scanned. I'd love to have them all scanned by Christmas. Then, maybe, I'll have a new scanner and I won't have to hold my breath every time I turn the thing on anymore.
Too distracted by my pull of the year
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