1969 Topps Tony Conigliaro

Here is another Vintage card, this one is brought to you via an ebay purchase made by my wife.

It was all very innocent in the beginning of my collecting.  She bought me a Red Sox team pack of 2011 Topps, which led to a few ebay purchases for my birthday.

I asked for, and received, a vintage card of each of my favorite Boston Red Sox, and the rest is history.

1969 Topps #330, Tony Conigliaro

1969 Topps Tony C-Front

I don’t like this card very much.  The pink circle and yellow lettering don’t go with the picture or team colors.  Posing for this portrait at what appears to be Spring Training, Tony C  is in his batting stance looking very determined.  And why wouldn’t he be?  He was out of baseball for close to a year and a half after getting hit in the face with pitch, which fractured his cheekbone and severely damaged his retina.

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Although he was able to return to baseball in ’69 (he won the comeback player of the year award that year), ultimately the eye injury cost him his career.

1969 Topps Tony C-Back

The back of the card has a horizontal layout, which includes biographical information and stats.  There is also some player trivia.  Tony C had such a promising career in front of him.  At the time of his injury, he was the youngest player in AL history to reach 100 HR’s.  Had he been able to continue playing at the level he was at before the injury, there may have been a another pennant or two flying above Fenway park.

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