Friday, September 30, 2011

1977 Sussman Fort Lauderdale Yankees Baseball #5, Mark Theil

Check out Fort Lauderdale catcher Mark Theil, moments after he ate everything in the ballpark. What choppers!

1970s collector and Florida-based baseball writer Neil Sussman published these sets of local single-A teams, some for the Fort Lauderdale Yankees and others for the West Palm Beach Expos (profile to come). While their design lacks Topps-level detailing, just about any mid-70s minor league set offers a rare glimpse of players and ballparks long since retired.

Keith Olbermann's 2010 seasonal wrap-up, Expectations and More Minor Leaguers, showed Theil's teammate and future MLB manager Doug Melvin on a Sussman card, sporting the best monobrow since Wally Moon. His article also features Moneyball leading man Billy Beane in Portland Beaver gear.

The 2011 movie stars Brad Pitt as Beane, a pretty decent visual match. Anyone you'd have cast instead? Scott Bakula circa 1990?

Value: This #5 cost $3 at, about what other mid-70s players go for.

Fakes / reprints: Haven't seen any in the marketplace.


The Angels In Order said...

Nice blogging! I especially like all the scarce minor league cards. Its refreshing.

Matthew Glidden said...

Thanks, much appreciated! Agreed that those minor league sets hold many unusual treasures.