Recently, Bryan from Golden Rainbow Cards saw my blog about Topps 2015 cards for trade. There were a few cards that he needed and he had a card I needed. I asked if there might be other cards he needed and he offered up his want list. I sent a package of cards from cards from the 80s and the 90s with the cards he needed from the Topps 2015 set. Bryan said that he would send me some A's cards.
The cards that Bryan sent are a sweet package. He sent me cards that were additions to my collection.
Topps 2015 Card
This was the card from the Topps 2015 set that I needed, Topps All-Star Rookie Nick Castellanos.
Topps 2015 Nick Castellanos Card #521
Nick Castellanos was a first round draft pick (44th overall) of the Tigers in the 2010 amateur draft. For the past two years, Castellanos has been the Tigers starting 3rd baseman. In 2014, he finished the year with a .259 batting average with 11 home runs and 66 RBI. For his 2015 season, Castellanos batting average was .255 and he increased his home run output (with 15) and RBI total (to 73).
A couple of Southern California Infielders
Bryan added a couple of cards of infielders who played in the A's during the past decade.
Topps 2006 Bobby Crosby Card #448
Bobby Crosby was a first round draft pick (25th overall) of the A's in the 2000 amateur draft after attending college at California State University, Long Beach. He is son of former Cardinal, Red, and Indian infielder, Ed Crosby. In 2004, Bobby Crosby won the American League Rookie of the Year while playing shortstop for the A's. He spent part of seven season playing for the A's and finished his time there with a .238 batting average (568 hits in 2391 at bats) and 61 home runs and 263 RBI. In 2010, Crosby's final year in the major leagues, he spent time playing with the Pirates and the Diamondbacks.
Topps 2009 Wal-Mart Black Daric Barton Card #32
This is a 2009 Wal-Mart Black card of Daric Barton, who was a first round draft pick (28th overall) of the Cardinals in the 2003 amateur draft. He signed with a the Cardinals as a 17 year old after attending high school in Huntington Beach, CA. In 2004, Barton was traded to the A's in the trade that sent left handed pitcher Mark Mulder to the Cardinals. Barton played first base in parts of eight seasons with the A's. While with the A's, he batted .247 (431 hits in 1744 at bats) with 30 home runs and 184 RBI. In 2010, he was the major league leader when he was issued 110 base on balls.
A Golden Rainbow card
The next card was a 1994 Stadium Club Golden Rainbow of A's third baseman Scott Brosius, who played with the A's during the 1990's.
1994 Stadium Club Golden Rainbow Card #164
Scott Brosius was a 20th round draft pick of the A's in the 1987 amateur draft after attending college at Linfield College in McMinnville OR. Brosius made his major league debut with A's in 1991 and played part of seven seasons with them. While playing with the A's, he batted .248 (494 hits in 2085 at bats) with 76 home runs and 249 RBI. In November 1997, Brosius was traded to the Yankees for left handed pitcher, Kenny (The Gambler) Rogers. Brosius played four season for the Yankees, and was an All Star in 1998 and won a Gold Glove for his play at third base during the 1999 season. Brosius was a part of three Yankees World Championship teams, (1998, 1999, & 2000), winning the World Series Most Valuable Player in 1998.
1992 Stadium Club
Bryan added some 1992 Stadium Club cards.
1992 Stadium Club Harold Baines Card #536
1992 Stadium Club Mark McGwire Card #475
1992 Stadium Club Willie Wilson Card #343
1992 Stadium Club Joe Klink Card #326
1992 Stadium Club Steve Chitren Card #518
All five of these players were members of the 1991 A's team. Mark McGwire started at first base for the team and finished with 22 home runs (3rd highest total on the team behind Jose Canseco and Dave Henderson). Harold Baines was the club's designated hitter. Baines' 90 RBIs was second highest on the team and trailed only Jose Canceso's 122 RBI. Willie Wilson was signed as a free agent prior to the beginning of the 1991 season and he was a backup in the A's outfield as he played 41 games in leftfield, 33 in centerfield, and 19 in right field. Joe Klink and Steve Chitren were joined in the A's bullpen that year with Hall of Famer Dennis Eckersley as Klink appeared in 62 games and Chitren appeared in 56 games.
Athletic Hall of Famers
Finally, there were three Topps insert cards from Hall of Fame Athletic outfielders.
Topps 2009 Legends of the Game Jimmie Foxx Card #LG10
Here is the Topps 2009 Legends of the Game card of Jimmie Foxx. Foxx played 20 years in the major leagues and was a member of the Philadelphia A's from 1925, when he broke in as a seventeen year old, to 1935. In 1932, Foxx was the American League Most Valuable Player when he lead the league His 302 home runs as an Athletic is second only to Mark McGwire's 363 home runs that he hit as an A's.
Topps 2015 Series Two 1st Home Run Gold Reggie Jackson Card #FHR-13
Here is a Topps 1st Home Run card of Mr. October, Reggie Jackson. Jackson had two different stints with the A's. He made his debut with he Kansas City A's in June 1967 when he was 21 years old. He played with the A's in Oakland from 1968 through 1975 and was a member of the A's three World Championship teams during the 1970s although he didn't play in the 1972 because he injury his leg in game five of the American League Championship Series against the Tigers. Jackson return to Oakland to play with the A's in 1987, his final season in the major leagues. In 1975, Jackson was named American League Most Valuable Player and he lead the American League in home runs four times, twice while he played with the A's His 269 home run as an Athletic is third all-time behind only Mark McGwire and Jimmie Foxx.
Topps 2013 Chasing History Holofoil Gold Rickey Henderson Card #CH8