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Saturday, May 4, 2013
Mike Boddicker, 1984 7-11 Coins East #9
Sorry for the cruddy scan, but that's what you get with a lenticular card that's the size of a half-dollar. The primary image that you see is Mike Boddicker in mid-windup, with a ghost of the portrait image that would appear with the flick of a wrist. These odd little discs were given away with Slurpee cups at 7-11, and my crack research shows that there were three different 24-coin sets released regionally: East, Central, and West. The East set includes four Orioles: Boddicker, Rick Dempsey, Eddie Murray, and Cal Ripken. The Central and West sets feature only Eddie. The nifty thing about the Boddicker coin is that it includes mention of his 1983 ALCS MVP honors on the back. Mike got the nod thanks to his five-hit, 14-strikeout shutout of the White Sox in Game Two. That performance is all the more remarkable when you consider that he never struck out more than a dozen batters in any regular season game in his career, and had only five double-digit strikeout games total. He picked a good time to throw the game of his life.
I can remember playing with baseball cards as a toddler, but I actually started collecting them when I was ten. Now I'm an adult looking for an outlet to talk about my hobby without receiving blank stares in return. You can contact me thusly.