Tuesday, October 17, 2017

TTM Success - Joe Sambito

Here is a TTM success that shows off one of the most outrageous uniforms of all time, the 1970s Astros uniform.  This 1979 Topps of Joe Sambito really shows off the colorful Astros jersey.  You would think their hats would be equally as outrageous (something like the Pirates pillbox caps of that era come to mind), but their hats are pretty low key compared to the jerseys.
These later 80s cards show Sambito in less flashy uniforms.  Still, they are nice cards, and Sambito has a really nice signature.

Sambito (b. 1952) played in the majors from 1976 to 1982 and 1984 to 1987 for the Astros, Mets and Red Sox.  He had a career record of 37-38 with an ERA of 3.03 and 489 strike outs.  He was an All Star in 1979, the only season in which he received NL MVP votes (he finished 21st).  He received votes for the Cy Young Award in 1980, where he finished 5th (NL).

I mailed to Sambito on September 28 and got the cards back on October 6, for an 8-day TAT.

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