Quickly, I wanted to show off the newest edition to my tiny collection of 2004 Fleer Greats of the Game. This card was found in one of those Fairfield repackage products. It was the top card, which meant I spent $3.50 for this one card, as none of the other cards was worth keeping.
#115, Jim Bouton
Jim Bouton played for what team? The Seattle Pilots? Is that what the Mariners were originally named? The back of the card lists the teams that Bouton played for: Yankees, Astros, Braves, and Pilots. For part of 1969, he played for some mythical team.
As it turns out, the Pilots only played in Seattle for 1969, then moved to Milwaukee and become the Brewers.
The more confusing aspect to this card is that fact that Bouton only played in 57 games for the Pilots, as opposed to 197 for the Yankees. For some reason, Fleer decided to showcase his time with Seattle. Interesting choice from Fleer, wouldn’t you say?