Posted by Andy on August 23, 2011
Oh wow--I love this card.
The Astros' uniforms from this era have been the subject of plenty of ridicule. I happen to really like the rainbow colors, especially when they are used on a card like this. In addition to the red, orange, yellow, and dark blue on the uniforms, we have light blue and green on the card. I wonder if the person who designed the unis realized that the rainbow would be completed by two of the most common baseball colors--blue sky and green grass.
I also love the photo with miles and miles of sky and clouds visible, and the unusual placement of Craig Reynolds' signature up in the air.
Reynolds wore #12 for his entire major-league career, but based on the snippets we see on the end of the bat and on his uniform pants, it looks like he's got #15 here. It's possible that he had #15 in spring training before getting his customary #12 when the season started. (That makes sense since the 1980 Topps photos are mostly from spring training 1979, which was Reynolds' first with the team.)
In 1981, Reynolds had an unusual season. He led the league in triples, but managed to hit more triples than doubles. Here are the last 10 guys to have more triples than doubles in a season, minimum 10 triples:
Six out 10 of these guys led their league in triples and I guess most of them were very fast. It would seem that most of them didn't hit a ton of line drives, otherwise they would have hit a lot more doubles to go with the three-baggers.