Wednesday, October 5, 2011

1975 Sussman West Palm Beach Expos Baseball #5, Mark Ewell

This is another of Neil Sussman's sets of Florida minor league teams, preceding the already profiled Fort Lauderdale Yankees from 1976 and 1977. All of Sussman's sets share this basic design, with black-and-white fronts and blank backs. Today's set numbering maxes out at 30, but two checklist variations bring it to 32 cards total.

This Mark Ewell picture's so completely grey, it begged for pastel Miami Vice revitalization.


So much cooler. That's a card that knows the thrill of riding in a convertible and busting South Beach drug dealers.

Value: This #5 cost $3 at, who supplied a bunch of my 1970s minor league cards. Few of Mark's 1975 teammates made the big leagues (team roster at; best-known were Shane Rawley and Tony Bernazard, who might cost a little more. (As of writing, you can buy most of the set on eBay for $8.)

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

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