Monday, December 1, 2014

AUTOS FROM THE ARCHIVES: STEVE ROGERS

SHOULD BE CONSIDERED MR. EXPO.


PITCHED WELL FOR SOME BAD TEAMS EARLY ON.



As has become a recent tradition on Black Friday, I scored some great deals on four 2012 Topps Archives Fan Favorite autographed cards on COMC. To celebrate, let's do a week's worth of Autos from the Archives from my collection.


THE CARD

  • Expos ace Steve Rogers takes aim in those rockin' baby blues from north of the border. The clean 1983 Topps design enhances the photo, but that action-shot-turned-mug is terrible. Topps likes to do this on all of its redux cards because I guess it's simpler than searching for a mugshot. A real half-assed effort that's become the norm with Topps.

THE AUTOGRAPH

  • One word: Fantastic.

THE PLAYER

  • Rogers averaged 14 victories a season from '74-'85 and helped pitch the Expos to their first postseason appearance in '81.
  • In '83, he was coming off his best season with a career-high 19 wins and NL-low 2.40 ERA.
  • Rogers had a stiff delivery that looked like he was compensating for an injury. It worked for him. He won 158 games in 13 years, all in Montreal.

THAT'S A MAJOR LEAGUE MUSTACHE.


HIS '77 SEASON WAS PRETTY AWESOME.

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