Wednesday, April 24, 2013

ODDBALL ROLL CALL: 1987 B/B MIKE SCHMIDT


A RUN MIGHT HAVE BEEN PRODUCED HERE.



I LOVE THIS SET CONCEPT.


WHY I LIKE IT

  • This Mike Schmidt card is from a boxed set that's part flash cards, part baseball cards. I think this was the first time a sabermetric stat was featured. In fact, the entire 33-card set was built around Runs Produced, which of course measures a hitter's run production efficiency. The Topps formula (Runs + RBI/Games Played = Runs Produced Average) doesn't subtract homers, which the traditional stat does to compensate for the batter getting credit for a run and at least one RBI for each HR. A better way to calculate RP is Runs + RBI/2, that way the run scorer shares credit with the player who drove him in.
  • From '80-'86, Schmidt (1.368) was the career RPA leader of this set, followed by Eddie Murray (1.336) and George Brett (1.320).
  • The top-three single-season leaders from this set during that period were George Brett in '80 (1.752), Schmidt in '81 (1.657) and Don Mattingly in '85 (1.585).
  • For what it's worth.

WHAT'S THE STORY?

  • Topps created this collection for Boardwalk and Baseball and subtitled it Top Run Makers. 
  • Could've done without the use of pink on the front and back and that obtrusive B/B logo, but the photo quality is good for '87.

HOW I ACQUIRED IT

  • On one of my frequent visits to the central Florida park, along with a bunch of other chotchkies that I still have.

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