Random Card of the Day

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Year: 1985

Set: Barry Colla Postcards (Rate)

Card: #4085 Atlee Hammaker

“ Photographer --"Atlee, just stand there doing your best Statue of Liberty imitation." ” -rmpaq5

“ When I think of Atlee Hammaker, I always think of giving up the first grand slam in an all-star game. It was 1983 and Fred Lynn hit it. He was a nice guy who lived in Knoxville, Tenn., for a while post-career. ” -joshthurman

“ One of the many outstanding issues done by Barry Colla throughout the years. Finding the Giants sets is relatively easy, but good luck with tracking down the Mets, Twins, or Indians. In fact, I may have some Giants sets for sale or trade! ” -Dave Sosidka

“ Nice to see oddball stuff here, ” -captkirk42

“ I've heard Hammaker was quite a good pitcher, though I followed an American League team while he toiled in the NL (back before interleague play and the Internet), so I didn't see or hear much about him. Nice shot. Could have been cropped a wee bit closer to show a little less sky... ” -dilemma19

“ Nice , I'd get it just cause of the guys cool name , he was actually a pretty good pitcher too. ” -uncaian

“ Why don't people send postcards anymore? ” -carthage44

“ Nothing special about this. This is just an photo, and an awkward one at that. Not a big fan of the fake pose. This is obviously not an action shot, but meant to look like one. Even though it is a postcard, it would have been cool to put a name on the front and stats on the back to give it a card feel. ” -muskie027

“ Doesn't belong...IMHO ” -SFC Temple

“ "new ball, ump". ” -NJDevils

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Wednesday, October 26, 2016 12:35 AMReply Quote Top Bottom Report

What is Barry Colla? Is that the issuing company's name? Never heard of them.



Collecting: Larry Fitzgerald, Jerry Rice, Chris Fuamatu-Ma'afala, Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings, Nolan Ryan, Kirby Puckett, Yao Ming 


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Wednesday, October 26, 2016 12:49 AMReply Quote Top Bottom Report

Pretty sure he was a lefty



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Jack Webster

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Wednesday, October 26, 2016 4:36 AMReply Quote Top Bottom Report

When I think of Atlee Hammacker I think of a LEFT handed Pitcher


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Wednesday, October 26, 2016 6:28 AMReply Quote Top Bottom Report

I have three 1990 Barry Colla Mets postcards on my for sale/trade list if anyone is interested.  

Elster, McReynolds and Franco. 

And pretty funny if he switched throwing arms for the photo.


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Wednesday, October 26, 2016 7:12 AMReply Quote Top Bottom Report

Barry Colla was the photographer.  He did a lot of these postcard sets and also did the photography for most of the Mother's Cookies and Keebler sets.


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Wednesday, October 26, 2016 7:53 AMReply Quote Top Bottom Report

You and Jack Webster are right!!  Did he do this as a joke on the photographer??

jlcre2003 wrote:

Pretty sure he was a lefty



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Wednesday, October 26, 2016 10:11 AMReply Quote Top Bottom Report

Yes, I thought he was a lefty then figured my memory must be fading.


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Wednesday, October 26, 2016 10:12 PMReply Quote Top Bottom Report

1983. My main memory of Hammaker. Led the league in ERA. Went to his only All Star Game. Gave up 7 earned runs in 2/3 innings, including that grand slam mentioned above. His season ERA was 2.25 and His All Star ERA was 94.50 . For the next few years, I thought he must've been the worst pitcher  in baseball history, because I saw that All-Star game but probably didn't see any of his other games that year. Now I see he faced HOFers Brett, Winfield, Rice, Yount, Carew that inning too. I guess I was only 8 years old though.



Putting my collection in the site again.  Gotta do something on winter nights when there's no hockey or basketball to go to!  I'm even open to trading again.



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