Sunday, July 31, 2011

1980 Topps, Chris Knapp

#658 Chris Knapp

Here is the final card from the Topps Million Card Giveaway that I was able to get signed through the mail. I sent this card to Chris on February 8 and I had it back eight days later.

I think I did alright with the MCG. I didn't unlock anything cool or really old, but I was able to add a few autographs from people I otherwise wouldn't have wrote to. The only thing I would have done differently is that I would have looked for Chris' '81 Donruss card to send along with this one. I had never heard of Chris until I unlocked this card, so I just assumed that I did not have his '81 Donruss. A few months after getting this card back, I came across my Chris Knapp '81 Donruss card. Now I am wondering if I have an '81 Donruss of Woddie Fryman that I missed out on.

Chris pitched in the big leagues for parts of six seasons with the White Sox and Angels. He was mainly a starter and his best season came in 1978 with California. He had career bests in nearly every stat including wins (14), ERA (4.21), complete games (6), innings pitched (188.1), and strikeouts (126). For his career, Chris was 36-32 with a save and a 4.99 ERA.

Speaking of '81 Donruss, I will start posting cards from that set tomorrow. But, I will not be posting as many as I would like as it has been a slow summer on the road to 100 signed cards from the set.

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