When I opened the lid, this card sat right on top of the various grouped-by-team assortments from the early ’60s to the late ’70s.
Tavares was known mostly as a base stealer, one of the guys along with Lou Brock and Davey Lopes that drove pitchers to distraction in the ’70s era of mostly power hitting. He led the NL with 70 steals one year, but slowed down as the ’70s went on and unfortunately was traded to the then lowly Mets early in ’79, which turned out to be a World Championship year for the Pirates.
But I love his expression on this card – he’s too cool for the room, all right – not just a ballplayer but the kind of man who reads Playboy, I suppose.
In fact, his projection of cool swagger on this card can’t help but remind of this other notable icon of the late 1970s:
Seriously – separated at birth?
Someone tell Les Nessman.
I dug deeper into the shoebox… I’d forgotten all the cards I have since they’ve been boxed up for so long. I also forgot about the phase I went through in the early ’90s when I added to the collection via some yardsale finds.
Anyone want a box of 200 Brady Andersons? Jeesh… what was I thinking?