Sunday, December 19, 2010

2010 Card-vent Calendar: December 18

December 18, 2010:
1990 Topps #674 Spike Owen

Hmm, some days, the Card-vent Calendar just spits out a random 1990 Topps card. This is the predecessor, after all, to the Topps Million Card Giveaway.

There is literally nothing interesting about Spike Owen. His Baseball Reference page lists Chico Carrasquel as having the career hitting stats most similar to his. Carrasquel played for the White Sox from 1950 to 1955, then the Indians from 1956 to the first half of 1958. He was traded on June 12, 1958 to the Kansas City A's for Billy Hunter. For the 1959 season, he was moved to the Orioles, where he played his final games. The White Sox signed him again for the 1960 season, but he was released in April without playing a game. His page's sponsors call him "The Godfather of Venezuelan Shortstops," which is more than Spike Owen can say.

I would also like to point out the punk-bitching Spike went through almost every spring as uniform numbers were assigned. Always someone with more clout. The ability to play the lottery with your jersey numbers is not a good thing.

I kid, Spike Owen. Your cards are valuable in a way that no price guide can describe.


Chris Harris said...

Spike Owen is a college baseball legend. He was the sixth-pick overall in the '82 draft. If Spike Owen were a rookie today, he'd have a millions of autographed Bowman Chrome Prospect cards on eBay.

Thorzul said...

You're probably right about that. Not to mention he also made his MLB debut in 1983 a very short time after being drafted.