Wednesday, November 10, 2010
#367 - Craig Robinson
Card fact: This is the last Topps card of Craig Robinson issued during his career. He only had two -- '74 and '75.
What I thought about this card then: I had the mini card. I thought he looked strange. I know it was because of those glasses.
What I think about this card now: That's an awfully regal pose for someone wearing those glasses and that uniform get-up.
Other stuff: Robinson was a backup infielder for the Phillies, Braves and Giants between 1972-77. He enjoyed one year of full-time duty, which was the primary reason why he received a card in this set. He played in 145 games and batted 504 times for the '74 Atlanta Braves. But he hit only .230.
The following year, he endured a season in which he hit a combined .065 for two teams. Topps must've thought "enough of that" and stopped issuing cards of him, even though he career lasted through the 1977 season.
Back facts: This cartoon always confused me. Why is Billy Martin receiving a trophy of a giant thumb? Is it because he got thrown out of a lot of games? I'm guessing that's it, but I'm sure it stumped a few people.
UPI, by the way, is United Press International. It used to be as big a deal as the Associated Press. It ain't anymore.
Other blog stuff: This is the third "blue-orange" bordered card in the last five cards. These color combinations tend to come in clumps. I'm not familiar enough with 1970s printing habits to know why that is, but I'd sure like an answer if anyone knows.