I have had this card in my draft folder for years. It's always been pegged as a future Cardboard Appreciation subject. In fact, there are several scans in the draft folder that are potential Cardboard Appreciation subjects. Those scans are labeled "CA" with the name of the player and set after it, just like the titles for these posts.
It's one of my favorite cards from the time when I collected cards as a youngster. The action cards from 1975-80 Topps are absolutely the best. And this is one of them.
I recently won myself a copy of this card from My Cardboard Mistress because I identified it as one of the cards to appear twice in a wonderful puzzle of baseball cards that he featured.
When the card arrived in the mail, a note was attached that said, "This card could be a Cardboard Appreciation topic."
Way ahead of you, Spankee.
The only thing is that now that it actually IS a Cardboard Appreciation topic, I don't know what to say about it.
One of the best aspects of this card was the mystery attached to it. Who was the Padre player? Why was Randle sliding head-first? Was this first base or third base? Why did Randle look like he was in pain?
So many questions. For so many years.
But one of the great strengths of blogging is getting answers to questions that have rattled around in your brain for decades.
I received the answer to my questions about this card more than three years ago, the first time I posted the card.
The Padre player is Gene Richards, and he is playing first base. Randle is sliding back into first base after a pick-off attempt. But the ball gets away and Randle has that pained look on his face because he's actually looking up to see where the ball went. Randle ended up going to third on the pitcher's throwing error. It happened in a wild 10-9 Mets victory on July 31, 1977.
Now, it's conceivable that this isn't the play, but it sure seems like it is.
It certainly clears up the mystery for me.
So what do I have left?
Longing for the old Mets pinstripes and the Padres' butterscotch and chocolate uniforms?
I guess that'll have to do.
Anyway, thanks for finally getting this card out of the draft folder, sir.