Sunday, December 9, 2012

Dale Murphy Box Bottom Card

Came across this card in a pile of cards just sitting around:

As you can see it is not the regular issue card of Murph from 1987 Donruss but is actually one of the cards on the bottom of the wax boxes.

I consider the regular version to be the best card in the set:

It has that Mantlesque pose to it.

The back of the box bottom card:

Obviously a different stock of paper but it brought to mind how cheap Topps stock was back then compared to the other companies.

Wouldn't it have been nice to have had Topps cards that had nice bright stock, like their traded sets?

If you have ever held 1987 Topps and 1987 O-Pee-Chee next to each other and looked at the backs it really makes you hate Topps for stiffing us on the quality for so many years.

The O-Pee Chee backs are really neat since they almost look like currency when you look real close at them. They have squiggles and specks of color in them like a dollar does.

Unlike Topps stock, Murphy's chances at the Hall will hopefully rise as the voting gets closer. His family is pushing for it hard this year and I hope he gets in.

He wasn't a great for 15 years. It was actually about 6 or 7, but look at some of the hall of famers in the Hall and see how many of them are in there just for a few great years. Hal Newhouser(who did his damage while the greats were fighting a war), Dizzy Dean, Joe Gordon, Lloyd Waner, Jim Bottomley, Ross Youngs, Chick Hafey, High Pockets Kelly, Travis Jackson, Freddie Lindstrom, and quite a few others only had 2-5 year runs that got them in. If any of these guys are in than Murphy belongs as well.

The Hall needs to figure out what the Fame part means.

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