Wednesday, June 19, 2019

1981 Topps Gary Allenson

The front: Looks like Memorial Stadium in Baltimore.

The back: According to this 1979 New York Times profile, Allenson was a pitcher-shortstop until college.

The player: Allenson spent six seasons as a backup catcher for the Red Sox, as well as one short stint in Toronto. (The Times article actually gives a really interesting look into the life of a rookie trying to make the team in such a thankless role.) In 416 major league games he hit .221 with 19 HR and 131 RBI.

The man: Allenson was a minor league coach for many years but appears to have retired after being let go by the Blue Jays organization after the 2017 season.

My collection: I have 13 of his cards, from 1980 to 1985. I would be interested in trading for 1988 ProCards #2064.

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