Card fact: This is the Undisputed King of all "dude looks like a lady" cards. An absolutely classic card.
What I thought about this card then: One of my friends had the mini card and we thought this guy was a freak. The regal look. The long mane flowing behind him. We found it quite disturbing.
What I think about this card now: You see a lot in 30 years time. The photo doesn't disturb me anymore. Heck, I think Timmy Lincecum might have him beat.
Other stuff: I always wanted Simmons to get more attention than he did. Everything was Johnny Bench this and Johnny Bench that. But Simmons was about as fine a hitting catcher as you will see. If it wasn't for the last few seasons of his career, he would have hit .300 lifetime, which isn't easy for a catcher.
Back facts: Simmons had 619 at-bats in 1973 and 599 in 1974. The vast majority were when he was catching, rather than playing first or elsewhere. I wonder if anyone talked about him wearing down as the season went along like they do with Russell Martin.
Other blog stuff: I know purple-pink is a favorite for the color combo that appears most in this set. But right now it is far behind orange-brown. We'll see what happens when the MVP subset arrives, though. There are purple-pinks all over the place then.
Living in the present
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