October 12, 2007
Goudey Trade-away #43: Santana and Smoltz for Rudi and Brown
Giving: Johan Santana, #63 (red back); John Smoltz, #64 (red back)
Getting: Joe Rudi, 1973 Topps; Kevin Brown, 2001 Fleer Game Time Lumber
Stewart writes, "Rudi was always one of my favorites growing up. This card represents what most of my '73 Topps looked like – Off-center with worn corners from me bringing them with me everywhere ... This card [of Kevin Brown] represents my feeling of him perfectly – I hate pitcher cards that show the pitcher batting, but best of all it has a piece of his personality on it – a slice of wood."
I don't know how to follow that up, except that I agree about Rudi. I like to remind myself from time to time that he was on the Red Sox at the height of his career, even if it was only for a day.
I guess I would also add that this card of Santana is probably one of my favorite from this set.