Saturday, October 1, 2016
Card #6 - Fernando Valenzuela Highlight
This is the final Highlight card of the set, and it's a beauty. 1981 was the first year of "Fernandomania" and this card celebrates his eighth shutout of the year. I believe that's still tied for the modern day record, though George Bradley of the 1876 St. Louis team had twice as many with 16.
I watched the "30 for 30" on Valenzuela just a couple of days before acquiring this card, which was a fun coincidence. I recommend the film. I learned a lot about the upheaval the Latino community in Los Angeles suffered during the construction of Dodger Stadium.
I actually have two copies of this card now. I had found one at my local card shop, but a second copy came in the mail with the other five Highlights.
I'll go with the eBay cost - $1.11.
It's basically mint. Thin, crisp, undamaged.
You'll be hard pressed to find a better action shot in the set! Screwball moving forward, right leg kicking dirt, Fernando grimacing, and a little Wrigley Field ivy to give it a perfect splash of color! It's a very cool card.