Card fact: This is the last player card featured on this blog for the next three weeks. We are about to begin the second subset of the 1975 set!
What I thought about this card then: I do recall having this card and trading it away in that deal for some '75 minis. I didn't think much about the card front, but I did have thoughts on the back. More on that in a bit.
What I think about this card now: This card basically symbolizes my card-collecting philosophy. I referred to it in my first blog bat-around post.
Also, if I didn't know any better, I'd say that guy in the background is on his cell phone.
Other stuff: Tom Griffin delivered an eye-popping rookie season in 1969, striking out exactly 200 batters in 31 games started and leading the league in strikeouts per game (9.6). He didn't come close to matching those figures the rest of his career, but did manage to pitch 14 years for the Astros, Padres, Angels, Giants and Pirates.
My guess (in my very brief bit of research I didn't turn up much) is he suffered some sort of injury in 1971 as he pitched in only 10 games and was 0-6. The next two years he worked as a reliever before returning to a starter role in 1974. The end of his career was dominated by relief roles.
Griffin had a strong year at the plate in 1974, hitting .294 in 68 at-bats with two homers and eight RBIs.
Back facts: There you can see the 200 strikeouts in Griffin's first season. That number leapt off the cardboard at me when I was a 9-year-old. As I said before, I wondered what happened to him after that. I still wonder. It's card backs like this that keep me interested in set collecting. Each player, not just the stars, has a story to tell on a piece of cardboard. That's one of the big reasons I still define myself as a set collector.
Other blog stuff: Tomorrow, I will begin featuring the MVPs subset from the '75 set. I don't plan to do anything different with these cards in terms of the subjects I cover. But if anyone has anything they'd like to see with these MVP cards, I'd be more than happy to take suggestions.