Friday, January 6, 2012

1974 TOPPS DAVE KINGMAN

KONG GONE OR JUST A SWING AND A MISS?
CAN'T SPELL KINGMAN WITHOUT A K.

THE FRONT PAGE

  • Great image of Dave Kingman. Would make a kick-ass 24x36 poster. Maybe Spencer's at the mall could sell a blacklight version.

THE BACK PAGE

  • Kong is the grandfather of the high-power, low-average player. Or, in other words, he was ahead of his time.
  • Neat cartoon noting how far this guy could drive 'em when he did make contact.

PHOTO PLAY

  • That cool blurry crowd background is what photographers call bokeh (pronounced boo-kay), the rendering of the out-of-focus points of light. Photography lesson over, we now return you to baseball cards.

EXTRA, EXTRA

  • Kingman was known either as a great practical joker or a class-A jagoff. To sportswriters, probably the latter as he once sent a live rat in a pink box to a female sportswriter in the press box while with the A's in 1986.
  • Chicago Sun-Times columnist Mike Royko hated Kingman so much when he played with the Cubs he nicknamed him "Ding Dong.'' 
  • When I see Kong's full name on the back, I always think it says "David King Arthur.'' 
  • This card was part of a starter lot I bought on eBay. Finished the set last year.

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