Flashback Product of the Week: 1984 Topps Darryl Palmer #801 – The Slugger’s Wife

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Don’t tell me you’ve never heard of Darryl Palmer.  He’s one of the most famous Atlanta Braves players of all time.  Palmer is right up there with the likes of Chipper Jones, Warren Spahn, and Greg Maddux.  Collectors stand in line for hours just waiting to get his autograph.

If you seriously have no clue who Darryl Palmer is, that’s alright.  He doesn’t actually exist.  Actor Michael O’Keefe (Danny Noonan from Caddyshack) portrayed the fictitious baseball player in the 1985 film The Slugger’s Wife.  The movie is a romantic comedy about a baseball player who falls in love with a singer.  It was a box office flop, and has been forgotten by most people.  When you’re sitting around with your friends talking about your favorite baseball-themed movies, The Slugger’s Wife rarely comes up.

To go along with the movie, Topps printed-up some prop/promo cards of the film’s main character – Darryl Palmer.  It was made using the classic 1984 Topps Baseball design, but isn’t part of the main set.  This card stands alone.  Its another one of those (1) card products.  On the backside of the card is a made up story about the character.

The Slugger’s Wife may have bombed, but this card sure didn’t.  You rarely see it popup for sale.  Collectors have been known to spend $50+ for one.  That’s way more than an ungraded basic ’84 Topps rookie card of Don Mattingly.  If this movie would have been more popular, I could see Topps making a buyback autograph using a few of these.

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