Monday, October 21, 2013
707th Place - Chris Brown
There are so many treasures in this card - let's begin.
The hefty bag shirt under the jersey. This is one of the fashion mysteries of 70's/80's era baseball. Can you imagine wearing that in San Diego in the middle of summer? You'd have a heat stroke.
The wristbands. These were another staple of late 80's/early 90's diamond style. They were charity related - here's a fun look back at them.
The jersey number necklace. I poked around on his Baseball-Reference page and it looks like he wore #35 on every team he played for. I was wondering if this might be an airbrush since many of the players involved in Brown's mid-1987 trade suffered that fate in this Topps set. The necklace doesn't provide any clues on that front.
The primary reason I have Brown ranked so low is how poorly the picture is centered. I'm assuming he's down a foul line at old Jack Murphy Stadium. That green concrete wall adds nothing to the card. Sadly, after a failed professional career, surviving the Iraq war as a contracted driver, and setting his house on fire, he died of burns back in 2006. At least he wasn't the worst guy out there with the name Chris Brown.