Friday, January 31, 2020

1981 Topps Derrel Thomas

The front: Simple headshot in the spring training sun.

The back: Thomas caught in five games in 1980 and another one in 1985.

The player: A true utilityman, Thomas played in 1,630 games over 15 major league seasons, including over 300 games each at 2B, CF and SS. He played for six different teams, primarily the Dodgers, Padres and Giants, hitting .249 with 43 HR, 370 RBI and 140 SB.

The man: Thomas had a lot of personal problems before and after his career, including cocaine-related arrests in 1989 and 1997. He seems to have turned his life around, and his Derrel Thomas Foundation provides mentorship programs to challenged youth.

My collection: I have 25 of his cards, from1972 to 1986. I would be interested in trading for 1984 Fleer Update #116.

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