He’ll always be known for his epic Afro and one of the greatest baseball cards ever made — 1976 Topps Traded No. 74T — but he also was a reliable big-leaguer for a long, long time.
He’s Oscar Gamble, a former New York Yankees outfielder who died on Wednesday at age 68. A member of the Yankees for seven of his 17 seasons in MLB, he hit .265 with 200 home runs and 666 RBI in 1,584 games. He also played for the Cubs, who drafted him in the 16th round in 1968, as well as the Phillies, Indians, White Sox, Padres and Rangers.
“He was the player on the Yankees known for big hair,” said his agent, Andrew Levy, on Twitter, “but those who knew him best will remember his big heart.”
Today’s highly anticipated release of the JFK files — the previously classified documents regarding the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in 1963 — are sure to be a holiday of sorts for conspiracy theorists and are sure to pique the curiosity of history buffs and presidential-minded people.
But the life of the 35th president has prompted plenty of cardboard appearances over the years, too, far beyond just the tragedy of that November day in Dallas, Texas.
“The Raging Bull” has died.
Jake LaMotta, a member of the International Boxing Hall of Fame after a lengthy career that included an 83-19-4 record, was 95 years old. He famously fought — and defeated — Sugar Ray Robinson in 1942 and his memoir inspired Martin Scorsese’s 1980 film Raging Bull where he was played by Robert DeNiro.
Despite boxing not having a regularly occurring trading card presence, LaMotta could be found in a number of sets throughout the years.
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The box: 2014 Panini Golden Age trading cards (blaster box)
Where to buy: BlowoutCards.com (hobby box)
Packs per box: 6
Cards per pack: 8
Cards in this box: 48
Base set completion:
38 of 150 (25 percent)
Notables on base cards – Jimi Hendrix, Martin Luther King Jr., Josh Gibson, Ernie Banks, Farrah Fawcett, Joe Jackson