Today is a great day! I've dreamed of owning this card since I was a kid. It's been a long time coming, but now it's mine!
A Cecil Cooper rookie card!
The corners aren't perfect, but not too bad. And by this card's notorious standards, the centering is actually pretty decent. At 6050 Listia credits, not a bad deal.
From the mid 70s to the mid 80s, Cooper was among the game's elite. A couple RBI crowns. A couple doubles titles. Would have won the batting title in 1980 (.352) were it not for George Brett's stupid .390 clip. He was money in the field, too, bringing home a couple Gold Gloves. He didn't stick around long enough to quite compile Hall-worthy numbers, and has sadly faded from the memory of many fans.
He obviously shares his RC with another notable ballplayer.
That's right, Mike Garman put up a very respectable 3.63 ERA over 9 big league seasons.
But back to the big draw here: Cecil! I also picked up a Cecil Cooper certified auto for a couple bucks a few weeks back.
That's a sweet card! It's a Topps Archives card from 2012, utilizing the 1981 Topps design.
I also have his real 1981 Topps card, getting it recently in that big Vintage-ish lot off Listia.
Love ya, Cecil!