Are We Not Stars? 1980 Topps Rangers Future Stars

…Answering the age-old question, “Who are these guys?”

1980 Topps Rangers Future Stars Allard Gleaton Mahlberg

Brian Allard

On December 12, 1980 Allard was involved in a blockbuster 10-payer trade between the Rangers and Mariners, a trade that also involved Richie Zisk, Rick Honeycutt, Willie Horton, Mario Mendoza and Leon Roberts.

Alllard pitched 19 games over 3 years with the Rangers and Mariners and ended with a 4-6 record.

Jerry Don Gleaton

On December 12, 1980 Gleaton was involved in a blockbuster 10-payer trade between the Rangers and Mariners, a trade that also involved Richie Zisk… and… Rick… I’m sorry, I have this terrible feeling of deja vu!

Jerry Don Gleaton, whose full name is Jerry Don Gleaton, pitched for 12 years with 6 teams.  From his stats, it looks like Gleaton spent 12 years pitching just well enough to stay in the Majors.  He was an All-American with the University of Texas at Austin,

Greg Mahlberg

Mahlberg was a catcher who played in a handful of games in 1978 and 1979… By the time this card came out, his Major League career was already over (not that anyone knew it at the time).  He would go on to play a couple of more seasons in the minors, and then manage for 15 years in the minor leagues.

Closest To Being A Star:  Jerry Don Gleaton’s career lasted far longer than his two cardmates, so he is the king of this card.

Advertisements

2 thoughts on “Are We Not Stars? 1980 Topps Rangers Future Stars

    • That would be interesting to know. I’m sure it would be a low percentage, especially if you allow cards from after the point in the 1980’s and 1990’s where anyone who showed even a glimmer of promise got a “PROSPECT!!!!” label.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s