Sunday, February 6, 2011
A few months ago, GCRL, who runs an awesome site devoted to O-Pee-Chee cards, oh my o-pee-chee! gave me a checklist of all of the variations in the o-pee-chee sets. I forgot to add these in when compiling my ultimate 1983 set, and there are four cards that we can add to the set:
24, Steve Mura....played for the White Sox in 1983, but did not have a card in the Topps Traded set. This is the only 1983 card recognizing him for playing for the White Sox.
29, Randy Jones....1976 NL Cy Young winner, by 1983 arm troubles forced him out of the game. He played for the Mets in 1982, his Topps card showing him as a Met. He signed with the Pirates prior to the season, and was cut at the end of spring training, ending his major league career. Outside of spring training, he never appeared in a game as a Pirate in the majors or minors. This is the only card showing any signs that he ever was associated with the Pirates. I couldn't find a picture of this card, but I have seen several places that says he has the "now with Pirates" text on this card and the transaction register for Randy Jones on baseball-reference.com verifies he was with the Pirates.
47, Wayne Nordhagen....played for the Cubs in 1983, but did not have a card in the Topps Traded set. This is the only 1983 card recognizing him for playing for the Cubs.
59, Al Woods....he hit a home run in the very first Blue Jays game ever back in 1977. After the 1982 season, the Jays traded him to the A's for Cliff Johnson. He was cut by the A's at the end of spring training in 1983, and signed back with the Blue Jays, staying in their minor league system through 1984. He finally made it back to the majors with the Twins, playing in 23 games in 1986 and calling it a career. This is the only card showing that he was ever associated with the Athletics.