Card fact: There are two players with the last name of Jones in this set. This is the first. A free pet rock to those who can guess the other player. And by free I mean, go to the park and get one yourself.
What I thought about this card then: A friend of mine had this card. He was one of those kids that you find in New York state who had to own everything that featured a Yankee or Met logo on it. He was an only child.
What I think about this card now: Jones is a former Cardboard Appreciation subject. As I mentioned in that post, Jones seems to feature a harder edge on his cards as his career goes along. This is one of the cards I was thinking of when I wrote that post.
Other than that, Jones is going to have a hard time running the bases on that field behind him, where a dash to third base is all uphill. Also, the fans will have to tilt their head to the right to read the scoreboard.
Other stuff: Mets cards were so cool when I was a kid. I'm not sure why I didn't end up being a Mets fan, because I really liked '70s Mets cards.
Back fact: You can see the decline in Jones' stats after he hit .340 in 1969. He had a strong season in '71 and then some struggles. The 1975 season actually was a very difficult one for him. He was arrested and then released by the Mets. This is Jones' final card featured during his career.
Other blog stuff: Approaching 400 cards scanned. Woo-hoo!
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