Monday, October 21, 2013

707th Place - Chris Brown

Card #568

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.

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