Gary Carter 1975 O-Pee-Chee RC
Those who follow TMM, especially this evening's post, know I picked this up mainly for my Leon Roberts collection, which this card actually completes. But those of you who read this blog will likely be more excited about the guy in the upper-left, and that's certainly reasonable! Gary Carter's 19-year career, mostly with Montreal and the Mets, justifiably led to his 2003 Hall of Fame enshrinement--11 All-Star appearances, a World Series ring, and some excellent stats put up playing a remarkable 90% of his games behind the plate will do that. It's nothing but a shame that he died too young to enjoy those accomplishments as long as he should have been able to.
Anyway, this card also completes one of my favorite player trios: the '75 trifecta of OPC/Topps/Topps Mini, a feat I've now managed five times, hopefully with more to come. I was able to nab it for a very reasonable $12 delivered on a best offer from a Canadian seller. This is a card I can now appreciate for many reasons--it's vintage, includes a pair of Tigers, completes my Roberts collection. But the fact that it's another RC of one of the greatest catchers to play the game is a nice bonus too.