A cool think in 1987 Topps Traded is that they got in some early 1987 highlights on the card backs. The weirdest was on Dion James's card - "At Shea Stadium, 4-12-87, Dion's batted ball struck a bird in flight and fell for a Double vs. Mets."
I remember watching that play on TV, though I don't remember whether it was live or on a reply. The New York Times account of the play has a couple of odd quotes. James says that "The bird died a hero," a phrase usually referred to bats, not living things. And the paper also notes that Mets shortstop Rafael Santana gave the bird to the "reluctant" ballgirl, even though he said "the girl looked like she was upset." Real chivalrous, Rafael. Nothing says gentleman like giving a girl a dead bird.
What's even cooler about this card is that James's photo was taken at Shea, which means it had to have been taken that day or at least that weekend.
Tommy Helms and Dick Tidrow
1 hour ago