Friday, June 29, 2012

1979 TCMA Lodi Dodgers Baseball #5, Skip Mann

Right now, my hair looks a lot like Skip's on this single-A Dodgers card and that's why I scheduled a haircut for 5:30pm. Maybe they can trim its unkempt sides and fashion me his mustache.

Add "Skip Mann" to the roll of great baseball names, especially good for its connotation of being The Man. Skip Mann does for the 70s what "Bobo Newsom" did for the 30s and 40s.

More recently, St. Louis Softball inducted Skip into their Hall of Fame. Congrats!

I like the flower and MLB baseball tie on Mr. Mann, Cubs and Rangers logos most visible. Can't find that specific tie for sale online, but there are plenty of good options out there.

This TCMA Dodgers checklist includes 20 players and the manager, Stan Wasiak. (An 18 year-old Fernando Valenzuela made three starts for Lodi, his first pro pitching, but must've arrived too late for a card.)
  1. Rod Kemp
  2. Augie Ruiz
  3. Paul Bain
  4. Alfredo Mejia
  5. Skip Mann
  6. Mike Marshall
  7. Rocky Cordova
  8. Steve Perry
  9. Jesse Baez
  10. Jim Nobles
  11. Larry Powers
  12. Johnny Walker
  13. Bill Swoope
  14. Stan Wasiak, Manager
  15. Miguel Franjul
  16. Jerry Bass
  17. Bob Foster
  18. Chris Malden
  19. Brian Hayes
  20. Hank Jones
  21. Evon Martinson

Value: Skip's #5 cost $2 at and most of his teammates would run the same.

Fakes / reprints: Mike Marshall made a splash for LA in the 1980s, so he's the highest risk for fakery. (Haven't seen any in the actual marketplace.)

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