2013 TOPPS HERITAGE MEMORABLE MOMENTS R.A. DICKEY
As promised, I’ve now opened a full box of 2013 Topps Heritage.
And I am here to tell you that this set is very generous in the R.A. Dickey department.
I mean, it has more R.A.s than a college dorm. It has more Dickeys than an Orvis catalog.
Our dear, departed Cy Young winner appears on three separate pitching leaders cards, a regular-issue card and its numerous parallels, and various and sundry insert sets.
Among those inserts is this Memorable Moments card, which commemorates Dickey’s back-to-back one hitters from June of last year.
This was of course a staggering achievement, but what really makes this card for me is the comic on the reverse. It pictures an old man reclined in what appears to be a hospital bed, watching a game on a rabbit-eared TV. He’s pumping his fist and exhorting the pitcher: “C’mon buddy! Put some extra mustard on it!”
There is a caption below the image: “Pops always yelled louder when watching the away games!”
For what it’s worth, my theory is that the old man in the drawing is actually Bazooka Joe, bedridden with diabetes and incipient senility, thanks to the copious amounts of sugar he ingested in his youth…