Wednesday, March 10, 2010

1967 Coca-Cola Orioles Baseball #5, Jim Palmer

Today's profile marks my 4th 1967 Coke cap and 2nd Hall-of-Fame pitcher, following the Dodger set's extremely young Don Sutton.

Aside from his memorable career in underwear (Google Image Search), Jim Palmer could pitch a little. In fact, he's the only moundsman to win championships in 3 decades, 1966, 1970, and 1983. (No coincidence that his career bridges 2 of the greatest Orioles hitters, Frank Robinson in 1960s and Cal Ripken in the 1980s.)

Cap inside

Wish I could say better things about Jim's condition, but the pockmarks and yellowing resemble both bad skin and jaundice. This cap liner aged poorly compared to the "ring" style used on some others, which leaves the player image untouched. (Compare the set scans at Philly Sports Cards.)

Cap top

In 1991, the year after his HOF induction, Palmer traveled to Orioles' spring training and worked on a big-league comeback. He pitched just a pair of "live" innings--giving up 5 hits and 2 runs--before electing to stay retired.

Value: In most Coke sets, mid-to-low grade caps cost as little as $1. (Team HOFers Palmer, Frank Robinson, and Brooks Robinson will cost several dollars more.)

Fake / Reprints: I'm pretty sure no one's faked a Coke cap. Let me know if you've seen otherwise!

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