Wednesday, March 27, 2013

AUTOS FROM THE ARCHIVES: BAKE McBRIDE


GREAT NAME, EVEN BETTER AUTOGRAPH.



CERTAINLY EASIER TO READ THAN THE ORIGINAL.


THE CARD

  • Bake McBride actually played for the Cardinals in 1975, but that didn't stop Topps from backdating this Phillies shot. McBride's '75 card also had a Rookie Cup, and he wasn't traded to the Phillies until '77. While it drives me crazy Topps often can't accurately reprint its cards, the failure on the '75 design makes me appreciate the originals even more. Just goes to show you can't duplicate a classic.

THE AUTOGRAPH

  • Now that's an artsy autograph, something I'll bet McBride practiced until he got it just right. You could study it for hours. I think I have.

THE PLAYER

  • In '75, McBride was coming off an NL Rookie of the Year performance, hitting .309 with six home runs, 56 RBI and 30 steals. 
  • He had his best season for the '80 World Champion Phillies, batting .309 again with nine homers and a career-high 87 RBI and finishing 10th in MVP voting. He hit a game-winning three-run homer in Game 1 of the World Series.
  • I remember him most for his big Afro when his helmet or hat would fall off and for the way he settled into the box, scraping away the chalk lines. 

BIG EDGE TO THE ORIGINAL.


YOU COULD SAY THIS LOOKS MORE VINTAGE.

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