Monday, August 25, 2008

#649 DeWayne Buice



Why this card is awesome: Because this card has Buice's name wrong. His first name is "De Wayne," with a space, not DeWayne without a space.

Buice had a short major league career, but played a lot in the minors. More importantly, he holds a much greater significance to baseball card collectors, as one of the major forces that helped Upper Deck get off the ground. See here for more.

Cool stat: In the last 30 years, Buice cracks the top 25 for fewest hits per 9 innings in a season with at least 110 IP exclusively in relief.

5 comments:

David said...

Upper Deck pulled the rug out from under the Big Three card companies after a decade of complacency in the business. They really raised the bar for card quality; their debut in 1989 was a watershed moment for the hobby.

And to think it all started because Buice got lost in Yorba Linda!

Who knows what would have happened if Pascual Perez stopped to ask for directions on his way to Fulton County Stadium in 1982 ...

Andy said...

Also, can anybody figure out what the advertisement in the background is for?

capewood said...

I was thinking Budweiser but probably not.

shakatak said...
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shakatak said...

That about has to be a Budweiser ad that Topps airbrushed or something. That large "o" looks brighter than the rest of the letters so that's my guess. You can see two "e"'s right below the rightside of the tie that about have to be the end of "the king of beers". Do we win free beer for this one?