Wednesday, September 26, 2018

1981 Topps Aurelio Rodriguez

The front: Bunting at Yankee Stadium. He had eleven sacrifice hits in 1980.
The back: Seems like they could have made the print a little bigger, considering the amount of blank space above and below the stats.
The player: In over 2,000 games Rodriguez put up only fair offensive numbers (.237, 124 HR, 648 RBI) but was considered the best fielding third baseman in the American League not named Brooks Robinson. He was particularly known for a cannon arm.
The man: Rodriguez was beloved in his native Mexico. When he was killed by a driver with a suspended license in Detroit in 2000, thousands attended his funeral, including Mexican President Ernesto Zedillo.
My collection: I have 14 of his cards, from 1974 to 1984. I would be interested in trading for 1969 Topps #653 (the famous batboy card); 1970 Topps #228; 1971 Topps #464, 1972 Topps #319, 1973 Topps #218, 1976 Topps #267, and 1977 Topps #574.

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