Carlton Fisk Countdown: #2

Two more cards to go. Today’s card is the 1972 Topps Red Sox Rookie Stars card of Carlton. This card was signed with the previous two cards on the countdown. I used to have two of these, but one of them was stolen by someone who was a good friend at the time. Needless to say I do not talk to them anymore. They stole some other cards that were worth some money, but it really burned me that he would take my favorite players rookie card. That one was not signed, but it still meant something to me. I picked this card up at the Shipshawana flea market in Nappannee, Indiana. The guy just had a shoebox full of cards from the seventies very cheap. I picked up this card and the 1978 Topps card from him. Towards the end my collecting days this card went from booking at around $10 to being worth anywhere from $150-$200. Now it is worth about $80 according to the books. It sells for much less on eBay though.
Carlton appears with two other players on this card. The first is Mike Garman. Garman appeared in 303 games in his career over nine years for five teams. Mike pitched for the Red Sox, Cubs, Cardinals, Dodgers, and finally the Expos. He was 22-27 in his career with a 3.63 era. Except for a couple of years in the middle of the decade with the Cardinals he just hung on with a few teams to stay in the show. Cecil Coooper is a little more well known. Currently he is the manager for the Houston Astros. His career spanned from 1971-1987. I knew him best as a Brewer because that is where he spent the majority of his time. He was drafted by the Red Sox, but taken in the Rule 5 draft by the Cardinals. In 1971 he was given back to the Red Sox. He played there until after the 1976 season when he was traded to the Brewers for George Scott and Bernie Carbo. He was a five time all-star who did most of his damage in the early 80’s. He was a solid first baseman for the Brewers. The third guy on the card is the one that has been talked about on here for the last month and a half. You might have heard of him.
My guess is that unless you have read this blog and know baseball cards you will never guess the number one card. I would venture to say that you will not guess the card anyway. If you can guess the number one card, you can have one of them. There is a story on the blog that corresponds to the card that sits at #1. I would be shocked if someone guesses it. Like I said though, if you guess it you own it.


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