When I saw this card, it was love at first sight. Where do I begin? I loved the green-and-gold combo. I loved that this is one of several '76 Pirates cards that appeared to be photographed in the dead of night (actually, I think it was just poor photography in a poorly-lit Three Rivers Stadium). I loved the name Manny Sanguillen. Who doesn't? I loved the expression on his face.
But most of all, I loved, absolutely LOVED, the fireball streak shooting behind Manny. Did a rocket ship just blaze past? A guy with a jet-pack? The young, impressionable mind whirred with possibilities. I still don't know what that burning flame is. Some scoreboard effect? Anyone? Please help me out. But I hope by knowing that I don't lose my appreciation for this card.
I had hoped to upgrade this card at the memorabilia show I went to Sunday. But I couldn't find it. Speaking of the card show, I will be posting over the next couple of days about what I bought. You'll want to stay tuned, because some of what I bought were gifts for some of my fellow generous bloggers. And there's a tiny contest involved, too. Now, don't get too excited. I didn't spend a lot. But, hey, free cards are free cards.
In the meantime, 1976 Topps Manny Sanguillen, I appreciate you, for that awesome, awesome electric fireball.
(EDIT: More level-headed minds than mine have deduced that this "electric fireball" is probably nothing more than the edge of the dugout seats and a towel. While they're probably right, the 12-year-old in me will ignore that fact. Burn bright, fireball!)