Wednesday, February 20, 2013

1977 Topps Baseball #465 - Rico Carty


  1. FYI, the 1977 O-Pee-Chee card of Rico Carty went into production after he'd been traded back to the Indians, so they used the original un-airbrushed photo.

  2. The (est?)strange(d) saga of Toronto and Rico continues in later years;

    March 15, 1978: Traded by the Cleveland Indians to the Toronto Blue Jays for Dennis DeBarr.
    August 15, 1978: Traded by the Toronto Blue Jays to the Oakland Athletics for Willie Horton and Phil Huffman.
    October 3, 1978: Purchased by the Toronto Blue Jays from the Oakland Athletics.
    November 2, 1978: Granted Free Agency.
    January 11, 1979: Signed as a Free Agent with the Toronto Blue Jays.
    March 29, 1980: Released by the Toronto Blue Jays.

    Basically in the first 4 years of Blue Jays exsistence, Rico is with them 4 separate times but only plays with them in 2 seasons. Carty is a contradiction, maybe one of best hitters of the late 60's and still good mostly into the 70's, medical issues took out a couple of seasons, a so-so fielder, and some clubhouse conflicts (leading to off season) greatly diminished his value.