Tuesday, January 28, 2020

1981 Topps Jim Palmer

The front: Nice shot of Palmer’s delivery at Memorial Stadium, with another Hall-of-Famer, Eddie Murray, visible in the field.

The back: Sixteen years in the major leagues doesn’t leave room for a blurb.

The player: One of the greatest pitchers of all time, Palmer won at least 20 games for eight out of nine seasons from 1970-1978. He twice led the league in ERA, and his 2.86 career ERA is third lowest since 1920. He was a six-time All Star and won three Cy Young Awards. In his 19-year career he never allowed a grand slam or back-to-back home runs. In 558 games he went 268-152 with 2,212 strikeouts.

The man: Well-known for a variety of advertising and commercial appearances, most notably for Jockey, Palmer has been an Orioles and national TV announcer since his 1984 retirement.

My collection: I have 28 of his cards, from 1971 to 1984. I would be interested in trading for 1966 Topps #126, 1967 Topps #475, 1968 Topps #575, 1969 Topps #573 and 1970 Topps #449.

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