|Card (box) front|
Pitchers and catchers report first to spring training, so this blog's happy to don the tools of ignorance for one of the disco era's best, Thurman Munson. He played for only ten years before dying tragically in a 1979 plane crash, but appeared on several #5 cards. (Links below go to their set profiles.)
- 1971 Milk Duds (today)
- 1971 O-Pee-Chee (all-time great card photo)
- 1971 Topps (profile still to come)
- 1975 SSPC New York Yankees (team set)
- 1977 Hostess (snack cakes)
- 1977 Hostess (Twinkies panel)
Munson started growing his signature mustache in mid-1972 and added a beard in the late 70s, so this card photo (taken during spring training?) features his last clean-cut look.
|1972 Topps #441|
Milk Duds re-used numbers for multiple players, with LA Dodger Billy Grabarkewitz and California Angel Andy Messersmith also sharing #5 with Munson. Andy's card profile goes into detail about the baseball set; today's post will note that Amazon.com currently offers a sweet deal (har) on 24-packs of the selfsame candy at $11 + free shipping.
|Card (box) back|
Value: This complete box cost $35 on eBay, which is well over the price of individual panels. Cut-away players run a few dollars, but most boxes go for over $10.
Fakes / reprints: Haven't seen any Milk Duds reprints in the marketplace.