Today’s four cards will go from “Not an oddball” to “pretty durn odd”.
We’ll start with this 1970 Topps Curt Motton. Motton was a 4th outfielder and pinch hitter with the Orioles from 1967 to 1971, and also had brief cameos with the O’s in 1973 and 1974.
Motton was traded twice within a year for a pitcher named Reynolds. In December, 1971 he was traded to the Brewers for a PTBNL who ultimately became Bob Reynolds. In May, 1972 the Brewers traded him to the Angels for Archie Reynolds.
This next card was a tiny, little white whale for me. Back in 1994, Topps had the “ToppsGold” parallel set… but rather than make a gold foil parallel of the checklist cards, they introduced several new players into the ToppsGold set. Mike Cook is one of those, and it took me a couple of years to track this one down.
Appearing on a ToppsGold card is probably the most impressive thing to come out of Cook’s time with the O’s. He pitched 3 innings over two games in 1993, striking out three, walking 2, giving up one hit and no runs. His cup of coffee in 1993 came 4 years after his previous Major League games and ended up being the end of his Major League career.
In 2004, as part of the 50th anniversary of the Baltimore Orioles, the Maryland Lottery issued a set. I’ve shown a couple of these before, here’s the Rick Dempsey that I got earlier this year.
The first time The National was in Baltimore I saw a guy sitting at a booth and I thought “That guy looks like Rick Dempsey”. I took a closer look at the guy and at the booth and realized it was Rick Dempsey. If I remember correctly, the booth was there to raise money for the Rick Dempsey foundation. The things you see at The National…
Buddy Groom appeared in 330 games for the Orioles over 5 years, all of them in relief. During that period, he became a favorite of mine, but since middle relievers don’t get that many cards, I’ve been limited in the number of Buddy Groom cards I can acquire.
This card is from the 2004 MLB Showdown collectable card game.