|GET QUALITY CONTROL ON THE LINE PRONTO.|
|WON 18 GAMES WITH A 2.35 ERA IN '76.|
- Although the photo is from the wrong era -- either the late 1960s or early '70s -- Vida Blue's threads are the highlight of this Archives Fan Favorites card. It helps make up for the utterly feeble attempt to recreate the '76 Topps design: The typography is off, team name wrong and the AL All-Star Pitcher icon missing. Oh, and that gigantic and idiotic "TM.'' Other than that, perfection, capturing Blue's distinctive windup.
- Stylish, like the pitcher, and goes a long way to right the card design's faults.
- As much as any player from the Swingin' A's, Blue embodied the essence of that team and the '70s. He was the Cy Young winner and AL MVP in '71 and helped the franchise win three consecutive World Series titles from '72-'74.
- Blue was the first pitcher to start All-Star Games for the AL ('71 A's) and NL ('78 Giants). Roger Clemens, Randy Johnson and Roy Halladay later would follow suit.
- Blue was a six-time All-Star who won 20-plus games three times.
- Finished his 17-year career 209-161 with 3.27 ERA and 2,175 strikeouts and a 108 ERA+.