Card fact: The first pink-yellow rookie card also is one of the more coveted rookie cards in the entire 1975 set, as it's Jim Rice's rookie card.
What I thought about this card then: I vaguely recall seeing it. But not because of Jim Rice. I only recall the two guys on the top, Dave Augustine and Pepe Mangual.
What I think about this card now: This card wasn't terribly difficult to obtain. There is another rookie card coming up that was more of a chore finding.
Other stuff: Each player's first solo Topps card:
Dave Augustine, Pirates: Never had one.
Pepe Mangual, Expos: 1976 Topps
Jim Rice, Red Sox: 1976 Topps (with a rookie cup)
John Scott, Padres: 1978 Topps (his only one, as a member of the Blue Jays)
Most successful player: Rice is in the Hall of Fame.
Most awesome middle name: Jose "Pepe" Manuel Mangual seems like a mouthful. I'll go with that one.
Other blog stuff: Former Mets pitcher Victor Zambrano was born on this date in 1975. Remember him?