Wednesday, August 3, 2016

1992 Topps #868 Barry Manuel

Barry Manuel was drafted out of LSU in 1987. He got his break in 1990 where he was the closer for the high-A Charlotte Rangers. He set a Florida State League record with 38 Saves (the record was tied by John Kelly of St. Petersburg in 1992 and R.A. Dickey of Charlotte in 1998). Manuel jumped to AAA Tulsa in 1991 and had 25 Saves before being called up to the Rangers. He pitched for Texas in 1992, then spent a few years in the minors before coming back to the Bigs in 1996 with the Expos. He spent '97 with the Mets, and pitched his final year in the Majors with the Diamondbacks in 1998.
Barry only appeared on 1 Topps set during his career, the 1992 Debut set. His only other 1992 card is his '92 Donruss issue. He only has a few other mainstream issues during his career, a '93 Pinnacle, '93 Score, a '97 Fleer, a '97 Ultra, and a '98 Pacific Online card. It should be noted that he has a cool '98 Tucson Sidewinders team issue card showing him with his 2 kids, one of which is a newborn. Here is a link to the card. This card gives Barry his rookie card, but he is 4 cards (1993, 1997, 1998, and 1999) away from a career Topps run.
I've been working on printing some of my customs out. So far, I've done a few checklists, and a few of a relative who plays in the minors. They've come out pretty well, and I think I'll work on some of my favorite players and then maybe work on printing out the '92 Topps set. Thanks for checking out the latest card.

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