Vintage Cheaper Than Heritage, Part 2

Last week I shared five 1970 cards I got for a quarter apiece. Today I’m sharing the other 5 cards from that virtual pack which cost me $2.50… one card more and $0.49 lesss than a pack of 2014 Heritage.

Aurelio Rodriguez was a defensive standout at third base, but also shared the misfortune of being a contemporary of Brooks Robinson, otherwise he may have won more than his one Gold Glove.
1970 Topps Aurelio Rodriguez
I love how Topps rotated the photo so that it looks like Yankee Stadium is about to slide into the Harlem River.

Although this isn’t Aurelio’s rookie card, it is his first appearance on a Topps card;  his 1969 rookie card featured a picture of the Angels’ batboy.

He didn’t spend much time with the Angels in 1970; he was traded to the Senators on April 27th of that year. He also didn’t last long in Washington, because in October he was traded to the Tigers in a trade that included  Denny McLain, Elliott Maddox, Jim Coleman and Eddie Brinkman.

Rodriguez never appeared on a card as a Senator;  his 1971 card had him as a slightly-airbrushed Tiger.

Trivial little detail I just noticed about Rodriguez’ card: Because his name is so long, the “3RD BASE” text is smooshed and there’s no little white vertical bar separating his name from the position.

Bill Stoneman no-hit the Phillies in just the 9th game of Montreal Expos history… and the Mets waited how long for their first no-no? And did the French-Canadians call his feat a “non-non”?
1970 Topps Bill Stoneman
In 1972, Stoneman also no-hit the Mets… thanks, dude… and later became the GM of the Expos and Angels.

I kinda like how the photo is a bit off-center to allow room for “EXPOS” at the top.

Bill Sudakis had power. Bill Sudakis also had bad knees.
1970 Topps Bill Sudakis
He was the starting third baseman for the Dodgers in 1969, but ended up wandering around the diamond and the Majors after that. Sudakis managed to get on two different baseball cards as a Met, even though his Mets career consisted of 18 games in 1972.

Sudakis had a tendency to screw up Topps; in 1973 Topps showed him with the Mets, but he played for the Rangers. In 1974, Topps showed him with the Rangers, but he played for the Yankees (and appeared on a 1974 Traded card as a badly-airbrushed Yankee). In 1975, Topps showed him with the Yankees, but he played 50 games combined for the Angels and Indians. In 1976, Topps breathed a sign of relief because there was no good reason to include Sudakis on a card.

Billy Wilson was a reliever for the Phillies from 1969 to 1973.
1970 Topps Billy Wilson
In 1969 he tied for the most saves on the Phillies with 6… Did I mention the Phillies were 63-99 that year?

Billy Wilson is also missing the vertical white bar on the bottom of his card, but in this case it looks like an oversight.

Speaking of pitching for bad teams, Camilio Pascual was a very good pitcher whose accomplishments got obscured by the teams and the cities in which he pitched.

1970 Topps Camilo Pascual

From 1959 to 1964 while pitching for the original Senators and Twins, he had:

  • Four seasons of 200+ strikeouts
  • Three seasons leading the league in K’s
  • Five All-Star games
  • Three seasons leading the league in complete games
  • Three seasons leading the league in shutouts
  • Two 20-win seasons.

During that six-year span, his teams were 90-game winners in 1962 and 1963, but the other four years his teams had a losing record and finished no better than 5th.

Pascual pitched only 5 games for the Reds in 1969…  In 1970 he appeared in 10 games for the Dodgers.



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