Sunday, March 20, 2011
Time: 7 Days
Item Sent: 1969 Topps, 1978 Twins Team Issue
Item Received: 1969 Topps, 1978 Twins Team Issue. Both signed in black Sharpie.
Slick-fielding Rich Reese was the Twins' regular first basemen for four seasons, including the back-to-back AL West champions from 1969 and 1970. For his career he was a pretty mediocre hitter, with one exception. In 1969 he broke through with a .322 average and .513 slugging percentages while collecting 16 homers and 69 RBI. Career highs across the board. He never had an offensive season like that again, and was out of the big leagues four years later, but he was an essential cog in that great team.