Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Card of the Week

1988 Topps Traded Rick Cerone #27T

If last week’s card of Bill Hall was a wonderful card, this one is not so much. It’s simply a filler card to make sure everyone was represented in the set.

I’ve said before that I’ve always liked the design of 1988 Topps. I love that the player’s picture overlaps the team name at the top. In this case, both Cerone’s head and bat cover up the name. (Although, that looks to be Dwight Evans’s bat, not Cerone’s?) I also love the ribbon effect for the player’s name. It makes the picture seem bigger than it is.

Once you get by the design elements, there’s not much to talk about. Cerone is looking off towards something in the distance. He looks like he couldn’t be less interested in taking pictures. He just grabbed the first bat he found, ran into an empty stadium, and waited for the session to be over. This is the kind of picture that makes you wonder what the other pictures from the session that they threw out looked like.

The card filled its purpose, though. People could get a card of Cerone to add to their Red Sox collection. It’s interesting, though, that if Topps put this card out today, people would while forever about how the Topps monopoly made them just mail it in. Of course, in 1988 there were three other companies making cards for the first time ever. If this is the card they put out when facing their most competition ever, maybe the exclusive license isn’t make them lackadaisical.

Maybe, sometimes, you just toss a dud up there.


  1. That is Dewey's bat! As for the date: It's Tiger Stadium. The Sox only played there in April and August in '88, and there ain't no turtlenecks in August, not even in Detroit. The April series was Tuesday and Thursday, 4/19 and 4/21 with a scheduled day off in between. The Tuesday game was at night. That means this photo was taken before the Thursday afternoon game, April 21st, 1988, in Detroit's Tiger Stadium. Cerone would go 2 for 4 with 3 runs scored in a 12-3 battering of the Tigers. The big story of the day was Ellis Burks returning to the lineup with a monster day, 4 for 6 with 4 ribbies.


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