Card fact: As anyone who collected Topps cards during the the 1970s knows, cards with century numbers -- 100, 200, etc. -- were reserved for the superstars of the day. Topps kind of follows that formula today, but it's not nearly as strict as it was during the '70s and '80s.
What I thought about this card then: I never held it in my grubby, Pop-Rocks-stained hands.
What I think about this card now: "Pops" seems positively svelte here. I'm more accustomed to the late '70s, beefy "Pops."
Other stuff: I loved the Pirates Fam-i-lee teams. I rooted for the team vigorously in 1979. But I hated that Stargell has hit two of the four home runs hit completely out of Dodger Stadium. One off Alan Foster and one off Andy Messermith. Average home run length of the two? 499 1/2 feet.
Stargell died of stroke-related complications at age 61 in 2001.
Back facts: The cartoon doesn't tell you why Billy Meyer or the 1952 Pirates are significant. Meyer managed that 1952 team to a 42-112 record. They were god awful. The thing I find funny is the Pirates have retired Meyer's number.
Other blog stuff: OK, it's time to take inventory after 100 cards. Let's see what's going on in the various categories.
1. COLOR COMBINATIONS
There are 18 color combinations. Orange-brown leads the way on the strength of the Highlights cards, which were the first seven cards of the set. But green-light green has pulled within one thanks to the Stargell card. (By the way, I am not including the All-Stars in the yellow-red category. I'll keep them separate).
Green-light green: 10
Yellow-light blue: 7
Light blue-green: 6
Tan-light blue: 2
2. POWDER-BLUE UNIFORMS
Thirteen, so far. A lot of Brewers, Royals and Twins.
3. LOOKING UP
Five cards of players contemplating the sky. I would've thought there would have been more.
4. DUDE LOOKS LIKE A LADY
Only two guys that I thought looked like chicks when I was a youngster. That will definitely change as the set progresses.
With the addition of Stargell, 11 players are no longer on this earth. Manager Danny Ozark has also passed.
Sadly, only one guy (Joe Coleman) featuring a chaw. That is so disappointing.
7. MLB SONS
Five players thus far have had kids who played in the majors, too.
8. ROOKIE CUP/ALL-STARS
9. MOST POPULAR FIRST NAME
Dave, by a landslide. Eleven players, so far, are named Dave/David.
Of the first 100 cards, I have 17 in mini form. That's about one-fifth, which is around what I have for the entire set.
OK, enough looking back. Time to move ahead. Next up: a team that doesn't exist anymore.
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