Friday, December 2, 2011

1974 Topps Traded Orlando Cepeda

This is my first attempt at the airbrushed cap that Topps did so well in the '70s. (Ok maybe not well but often) 

The former Rookie of the Year injured his knee in 1971 with the Braves and his numbers began to decline. He was traded to the A's in 1972 where he played in 3 game without a hit then underwent another surgery to his knee. 

When the MLB created the designated hitter, Cepeda was signed by the Red Sox as the first player contracted to DH exclusively. He played one more year in Kansas City playing part time and retired at the end of the season.

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