Sunday, May 23, 2010

Dick Allen Baseball Card Project: 1970

Goodbye Philadelphia. Hello St. Louis.

In October 1969, the Phillies finally agreed to set Dick Allen free, sending him to St. Louis in a seven player deal. One of the players sent from the Cardinals was Curt Flood. After what he had seen the Phillies fans do to DA, Flood was not interested in playing in Philadelphia and refused to report, setting into motion a chain of events that eventually led to the modern day era of free agency. Every player in major league baseball should get down on their knees and pray for the soul of Curt Flood every two weeks when they get their paychecks. WIthout Curt Flood, the majors would be a much different place than it is today.

The original Topps card from 1970 is simply pathetic. It reminds me of the side view of a police mug shot. They used this picture because it has him in a red hat, beyond that - basically has zero character. I used one of the original Dick Allen negative picture that I bought on eBay for this redux card.


Shawn said...

Now that is a sharp card that would look great in any Allen collection!
Maybe Topps should ask your permission for the next version of throwback cards!

Anonymous said...

Super card! Still can't believe we traded Dick Allen for Ted Sizemore. Somebody get me an aspirin!

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