It has been awhile since I last posted about my favorite player. What better way to bring the focus back to him, than by showing off his rookie card, which just happens to be from one of the greatest sets of all-time, 1972 Topps.
#79, Mike Garman, Cecil Cooper, Carlton Fisk (RC)
My particular copy was picked up at a card show in Dallas about a year ago. The condition isn’t great, but there are no major flaws to the cardboard. I didn’t have to pay too much. As this is my only copy of Fisk’s rookie card, I had to have it.
I have to say it, this card is a big disappointment. Not only does Fisk have to share his rookie card with two other players, he doesn’t even get to be the centerpiece of the card. That honor goes to Cecil Cooper. Clearly, the powers that be, felt like Cooper was the one to watch, and in a way they were right.
“Coop” was a 5x All-Star, 2x Gold Glove winner, and a 2x Silver Slugger. While he played the majority of his career for the Milwaukee Brewers, Cecil Cooper had a great career, and was a part of the ’75 AL Champion Boston Red Sox.
Mike Garman, on the other hand, played for 5 teams and ended his career in 1978 with a 22-27 record. However, he was drafted 3rd overall in the 1967 draft, so everyone had high expectations.
Carlton “Pudge” Fisk, went on to become a Hall of Fame catcher. Too bad his rookie card doesn’t foretell the type of career he would go on to have. This is just another case of Topps needing to get rid of the multi-person rookie cards.