#CardCorner: 1981 Topps Lee Lacy
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And just like with the internet today, your baseball cards were never wrong. So it was like discovering buried treasure when you stumbled upon a unique card, like the 1981 Topps issue for Lee Lacy.
The Pittsburgh Pirates veteran, who debuted in the big leagues in 1972, is shown in the Bucs’ colorful jerseys of that era – with a black top with gold lettering to go along with a mostly gold batting helmet. But it’s the cap artwork, which featured the team name and the player’s position, at the bottom left of the card, that was so unique.
Whoever heard of an outfielder-slash-second baseman?
Lacy was one of a handful of big leaguers who Topps designated as “combo” position players of that era.
But after appearing in only 87 games in 1987, Lacy was released by the Orioles in Spring Training of 1988. He retired soon after, though did appear in games in the short-lived Senior Professional Baseball League in 1989 and 1990.
In 16 big league seasons, Lacy hit .286 over 1,523 games and appeared in seven Postseason series over four seasons. In 1,315 regular season games as a fielder, he played in 1,006 games in the outfield and 275 games at second base.
But for nine straight sets of Topps cards from 1977-85, Lee Lacy was equally proficient at both positions.
Craig Muder is the director of communications for the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum