Thursday, January 23, 2020

Ineffective Phil

Chronicling the famous knuckleballer's brief time with the Blue Jays. 

There was a nice batch of oddballs in my most recent Goodwill find, including a bunch of Classic game cards from 1987 and 1988 that I hadn't seen much. This Phil Niekro card stood out the most, as I had no recollection of Niekro ever wearing a Blue Jays uniform in baseball card form or otherwise.

As it turns out, it wasn't such a great time for Phil! Can you imagine Niekro ever signing the back of this card? I will cherish it forever.

I believe there are three Niekro cards in this set, most likely representing each of the three teams he played for in his final season. I wonder if the stats were just too gruesome to look at.


  1. Wow.. you don't see that on cards anymore. Also, "Torondo" Blue Jays? lol.

  2. haha, I missed the "Torondo" part. This card just keeps getting better and better.

  3. I'm 99.9 percent sure this is the only card of Niekro as a Blue Jay. Top-tier short term stop here.

  4. If he knows what it says on the back, I can't imagine him signing the front either. Though since he charges a fee to sign, maybe he'll do it if you pony up the bucks.

  5. Wow what a great card. I hadn't noticed "torondo" eaither.

  6. Ineffective or not... it's crazy to think that Phil was still throwing baseballs at the MLB level at the age of 48. I'm 47 and there are days when I can barely move.


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