time waits for no man, and that includes the first baseman of the team of my youth, steve garvey. the garv turns 65 today, and it's been over 26 years since he last suited up in a major league baseball game. time flies. thankfully (most of the time), card companies have kept him in their sights as they compile checklists for sets featuring retired players. you had better believe that today is going to be chock full of those, plus one or two from his actual playing days. hopefully some other bloggers join in the fun of wishing number 6 a happy 65th.
on to the cards. here's a 2009 topps sterling white parallel numbered to 50
i really like the red accents on this card, just like the red number on the dodger home whites.
here's a 2002 fleer greats of the game card
on which the nl iron man sports the dual earflap batting helmet. not a good look.
garvey was featured in topps' 2011 update set with an insert in the '60' run of cards.
this year's update set included a manu-patch insert set featuring all-star game mvp's. i thought for sure that garvey would be included - the man won two all-star game mvp awards - but no, he was not. sportflics did give him a card in their 1986 set that recognized his status as a midsummer classic mvp, along with fellow two-timer gary carter, and singular winner fred lynn
here's a better look at garvey's image on the card
here's another padre garvey card, this time from 2005 donruss diamond kings
moving on, here's a 2006 fleer greats of the game autographics card