This is my first 2004 Topps Cracker Jack card. Sure, it's a Mark Teixeira card, but it's a near priceless white swatch of jersey. This is sort of a "mini" card.
This 2005 Donruss Throwback Threads Michael Young is another new addition to the collection. I hope the Rangers can keep Michael a Ranger his whole career.
Recent postings by Night Owl and the Collective Troll, both excellent bloggers, got me wondering if there were any Rangers in the Drake's series. Without ever asking the question, I find the answer with this 1981 Drake's Al Oliver. You can see their great posts on the subject by clicking on their names above.
2000 Upper Deck Doug Davis--my first Doug Davis auto of any kind.
1986 Fleer Bobby Witt
One of my top 5 all-time favorite Rangers, Rusty Greer on a 1997 Fleer card. Very nice.
1980 Topps Pat Putnam. Pat played 8 years in the Majors, 6 with Texas. His best year was actually in the minors for Asheville in 1976 when he hit .361 with 24 homeruns and 142! rbis in 138 games. The numbers didn't translate to the Show where he had 63 career homers and 255 rbis in his 8 seasons.
I would love to feature each of these cards individually because they deserve it, but I really want to leave the epic posts to the Troll. He does them so much better than I do...that's not a shot at him either, his long posts have helped me through many a long, boring night at work. Featured here are Al Oliver, Len Barker, Toby Harrah, Juan Beniquez, Jon Matlack and Bobby Bonds, circa 1979 Topps.
Here we have a couple of 1978 Topps Rangers. Manager Billy Hunter was the fourth of four Rangers managers in the 1977 season. Frank Lucchesi (31-31), Eddie Stanky (1-0), Connie Ryan (2-4) preceded him and Hunter finished the season 60-33 for 2nd place. He led the Rangers to a 86-75 record in 1978, good enough for 2nd place. Pat Corrales managed one game in 1978, going 1-0 and replaced Billy Hunter as manager for the 1979 season.
Finally, we get to three 1974 Topps Rangers. It looks like Jeff Burroughs is questioning a call, Dave Nelson looks like he's looking to Heaven for an answer to his hitting woes. Toby Harrah just looks annoyed at having to pose in front of the batting cage. If you've read this far, bless you, and I'm sorry. I actually left out a number of cards I wanted to post. I didn't send Shane nearly enough cards for what he sent me. Thanks Shane!