Tuesday, January 19, 2016

1991 Topps #574 John Marzano

In this series, I will look at my first team set: 1991 Topps.  This was the set I started my baseball card collection with.
John Marzano was once a highly touted prospect.  He was the 14th overall pick in the 1984 draft by the Red Sox.  And that was just a few years after he was drafted in the 3rd round by the Twins but did not sign.  Marzano also played on the Olympic baseball team in 1984 with Mark McGwire.  His first baseball card comes from 1985 Topps and depicts him with Team USA.  He had a couple of nice seasons in the minor leagues, but for some reason he could not quite harness that talent in the Major Leagues.

Marzano made his Major League debut for Boston in 1987 and played fairly well for 52 games.  Then in 1988 and 1989, he only played in 17 games total.  Boston had a catching platoon in those two years of Rich Gedman and Rick Cerone.  In 1990, Marzano finally got his chance, albeit in a backup role as Cerone had left as a free agent and Gedman was traded to the Astros.  Marzano was the backup for starter Tony Pena and would remain in that role through 1992.

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