Today's card shows the face of high expectations, a young player brimming with promise. Would he become a face of success? A team fixture for years to come? An answer to the trivia question, "who was the highest catcher chosen in 1976's amateur draft?" To at least one of those, the answer is yes.
Cleveland picked high school star Tim Glass with 1976's 14th selection, making him the first of two catchers chosen in that year's first round; LA picked up Mike Scioscia five spots later. Both spent upwards of a decade with their franchises, but Mike found big-league success as everyday backstop for two World Champion Dodger teams (1981, 1988) and manager of Anaheim's only title-winner (2002).
It's been 35 years since 1976, but history has a way of repeating itself. Would you believe the 2011 MLB draft class includes both Brennen Glass and Matt Scioscia, respective sons of Tim and Mike? To quote Yogi, "it's deja vu all over again."
Value: Tim cost $2 on Beckett Marketplace, about the same as other 1980 TCMA singles. Some team sets use black-and-white photos, while others went with color, depending on how much the franchise wanted to spend on their cards.
Fakes / reprints: Haven't seen any in the marketplace.