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 MinorLeagueSingles.com, about what other mid-70s players go for.
Fakes / reprints: Haven't seen any in the marketplace.
Nice blogging! I especially like all the scarce minor league cards. Its refreshing.
Thanks, much appreciated! Agreed that those minor league sets hold many unusual treasures.
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