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Saturday, April 19, 2014

SCD: Bobby Cox Rookie Card Goes from Common Box to Hall of Fame

Cox collecting. Who knew?!

But for Bobby Cox, the cards of him as a player are limited. Topps issued one for him in 1969 (#237) after his only full major league season as a Yankee third baseman and then he disappeared from cards until he became manager of the Braves in 1978.

Cox, who debuted in the big leagues at age 26 after being acquired from Atlanta in December of 1967, was basically was a one-season wonder for the Yankees who used him as a starter in 1968 and then replaced him with Bobby Murcer in 1969 and later with Jerry Kenney. Cox suffered from knee ailments on a regular basis.  He would finish out the 1969 season as a Yankee and would end his professional career shortly thereafter.

Not every player’s cards take big price jumps when they’re elected to the Hall of Fame, but Cox’s election definitely helped the value of his ’69 Topps card, which went from a common not that long ago to a Hall of Famer. NM/MT graded examples have been bringing $55-65 with high quality ungraded examples not far behind.

Cox didn’t have a 1970 card, although there certainly could be one if Topps had wanted to print one, thus the only card issued during Cox’ career showing him as a big league player is a 1969 Topps Card (#237).

Not only is this card the only one to feature Cox in a major league uniform during his playing career it is also a bit of a challenge to find in high grade.

However, if you want a really difficult card of Cox during his playing career, go search for his 1967 Topps Venezuela card in the lowest numbers. These cards are really difficult to come by and some cards in that series are believed to have fewer than ten copies extant.

Cox, of course, is in the Hall because of his managerial success.  He’s fourth on the all-time wins list and a four-time manager of the year whose number 6 has been retired by the Braves.  It’s probably not something he envisioned 45 years ago when he saw himself on a baseball card for the first time.

Repoz Posted: April 19, 2014 at 07:11 AM | 10 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Dock Ellis Posted: April 19, 2014 at 03:27 PM (#4689194)
   2. cardsfanboy Posted: April 19, 2014 at 03:31 PM (#4689201)
I had put all my "common" cards into one box, and my good cards in another box...then a few years ago I was going through my stack of commons and saw several rookie Dennis Eckersley cards. Nice discovery.
   3. cardsfanboy Posted: April 19, 2014 at 03:32 PM (#4689205)
I wonder how many other common cards might get re-evaluated due to a managers career. Mike Matheny? Brad Ausmus? etc.
   4. Dock Ellis Posted: April 19, 2014 at 03:44 PM (#4689220)
I wonder how many other common cards might get re-evaluated due to a managers career.

1986 Donruss Billy Beane.

EDIT: They did not come autographed in packs but this is the best I could google.

   5. cardsfanboy Posted: April 19, 2014 at 03:48 PM (#4689227)
1986 Donruss Billy Beane


Good one, didn't even think about the Gm's who have had success.
   6. Rickey! No. You move. Posted: April 19, 2014 at 03:56 PM (#4689239)
Any photo that makes Bobby Cox look young and athletic has clearly been doctored in Photoshop.
   7. Leroy Kincaid Posted: April 19, 2014 at 05:19 PM (#4689279)
thus the only card issued during Cox’ career showing him as a big league player is a 1969 Topps Card (#237).

There's also the '69 Milton Bradley. I don't know if he's in a big league uniform.
   8. Dock Ellis Posted: April 19, 2014 at 06:06 PM (#4689305)
Terry Francona is another.
   9. Pat Rapper's Delight (as quoted on MLB Network) Posted: April 19, 2014 at 06:11 PM (#4689312)
I wonder how many other common cards might get re-evaluated due to a managers career.

No one's paying $2900 for a Tony LaRussa rookie card based on what he did as a player.
   10. Cblau Posted: April 19, 2014 at 10:19 PM (#4689423)
I understand the Yankees are planning to retire Jerry Kenney's number after this season. It's about time.

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