the next installment in my 1978 topps burger king dodgers/update set is brad gulden.
unfortunately, gulden only played in 2 big league games in 1980. he did, however, hit his first career home run that year, a 2-run shot against aurelio lopez of the tigers. the yankees traded gulden to seattle after the season for larry milbourne and a player to be named later. he wound up joining a select group of players to be traded for themselves when he himself became the player to be named later and was sent back to the yankees. he later went to the expos organization and made a few appearances for them in 1982, only to be brought back to the yankees minor league system for a third time.
he wound up in cincinnati for the 1984 season and appeared in a career high 107 games. perhaps the highlight of his career came that year when he hit a 14th-inning walk off 3-run home run against the pirates. after spending the 1985 season in the minors for the reds and astros, he joined the giants. he played in 17 games for them in 1986 and was released after the season ended. and so too ended gulden's big league career.
i sent a copy of the 1978 topps card that should have been, along with his 1980 topps card, to gulden to sign earlier this week after getting his addy from the writer's journey (thanks jason). he still lives in minnesota, so only three days later, the cards were returned to me adorned with his signature
thanks brad! and here's to your card that should have been!