Monday, April 19, 2010
655 - Clay Kirby
About This Player
Clay Kirby played eight seasons in the Major Leagues and his first five as a member of the San Diego Padres. One of the original pitchers in the Padres inaugural season in 1969, Kirby led the National League in losses that year. Kirby would later pitch on Opening Day in 1972 and 1973 for the Padres. Trades would later send Kirby to the Reds in 1974 and again to the Expos in 1976.
Kirby died from a heart attack in 1991 at the age of 43.
A tribute to Clay Kirby can be found from the Centre View Southern Edition newspaper.
About This Card
The Clay Kirby card is one of a number of high series cards. The high series cards (numbers 528 through 660) were printed in lower production numbers than the rest of the set and command a premium, especially to set collectors.
As I go back through the years of building Topps set, the high numbered cards, in relation to the rest of the set, will be a consideration in how I would be looking for cards to build each set. 1973 was the last year Topps issued their cards in multiple series (until 1993).