Thursday, December 26, 2019

1981 Topps Duffy Dyer

The front: Very serious-looking baseball pose. Looks like the Yankee Stadium press box in the background.

The back: The stat line goes back to 1968, leaving no room for a cartoon or blurb.

The player: Duffy Dyer was a good-field, no-hit backup catcher for four teams over a fourteen career, most prominently as a rookie backing up Jerry Grote on the 1969 Mets. Overall, in 722 games, he hit .221 with 30 HR and 173 RBI.

The man: Dyer was known during his career for his hobby of flower arranging. Since his career he had been a long time coach and manager at the major and minor league level. Since 2013 he has managed the independent Kenosha Kingfish.

My collection: I have 11 of his cards, from 1971 to 1981. I would be interested in trading for 1969 Topps #624, 1970 Topps #692, 1972 Topps #127 and 1974 Topps #536.

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