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1982 Fleer #191
Expos Also-Ran
Position: P
Bio/Summary: Grant Jackson was an All-Star lefty who spent most of his career in Philadelphia, bouncing between less-than-mediocre numbers and pretty damn decent numbers. Inconsistent is the keyword we’re looking for here. He only spent one year, a twilight year, in Montreal, 1981, pitching in relief in 35 games, ending up with a horrid 7.59 ERA and a 2.156 WHIP. Likely not very well remembered in Montreal.
Rating: 6/10 – This was the kind of photo Fleer got known for: a relaxing throw on the sidelines, a smile on his face. Doesn’t make it a great card, but it does get some kudos.
1982 Fleer #192
Expos Also-Ran
Position: OF
Bio/Summary: I remember Wallace Johnson’s 1990 Donruss issue very well; I had barely heard of the guy before that, but he had been hanging around in Montreal for well on a decade at that point, but he was a bit player and had pretty much always been a bit player. He had been a rookie in 81, but 82 was his “full” rookie season (if you can call 36 games a season). He managed an anemic .198/.258/.263 line that year, with only TWO extra-base hits in 62 PAs. He never did much better than that, either. How did he ever stick around?
Rating: 4/10 – Blurry photograph, generic pose. The only things that interest me here are the weird expression on his face and the guy in the background. I can’t quite tell who that is, but I like to imagine it’s Bill Gullickson. The body would fit.
1982 Fleer #193
Expos Star 
Position: P
Bio/Summary: I vaguely remember Charlie Lea from the 88 Topps set, but here he is in his glory as an Expos player. I was surprised to see Lea was not always a bit player. I suspect arm trouble ended his career, because his ERA+ numbers jump out at me: 96, 76, 112, 115, 199, 12, 84. The 112 there is 1982, when he went 12-10 with a 3.24 ERA and 1.131 WHIP. Pretty good.
Upon further research, I find I am right about the arm trouble. According to BBRef’s Bullpen:
“…his record was 15-10 when he was shut down in early September with what was originally diagnosed as a muscle strain in his back. When he arrived in spring training in 1985, the team’s brass realized that the injury was in fact much more serious than originally thought. He would miss the entire 1985 and 1986 seasons because of this shoulder problem.”
What a sad case.
Rating: 7/10 – A portrait of the star pitcher as a young man, before the tragedy that would bring his career to a smashing halt. There’s a sort of poetry here, if a sad one.
1982 Fleer #194
Former Expo
Position: P
Bio/Summary: I was giddy to find this card in the team set. The Spaceman! How awesome! I mean, he was no Hall of Famer or anything, but he’s definitely a notable. 1982 was his final season, and he went 0-0 with a 4.38 ERA (83 ERA+) in 7 games that season. Crappy, but given that he was a 119 ERA+ pitcher the year before, I’m still going to give him credit for pitching well until the end of his career and knowing when to hang it up. Go Spaceman!
Rating: 3/10 – This is a pretty ugly card. The hair, the washed out background, all of it. It’s a bummer that this card didn’t come out better.

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