Saturday, December 27, 2008

"SUPER" JOE Part 1

If Andre Thorton had not gotten injured there may not have been a " Super" Joe . Joe Charboneau got a chance to play on April 11, 1980 and took full advantage of it , going 3 for 3 with a home run. He finished the season hitting .289 with 23 homers and 87 RBI , more than enough to win the 1980 American League Rookie of the Year award . The fans and media in Cleveland were buzzing all season and talking of the days of the " Rock " ! But all the hype was short lived as injuries hampered Joe and brought an all too quick end to what seemed to be a very promising career.
Joe was drafted on 01/07/1976 by the Minnesota Twins in the 6th round of the free-agent draft but for some reason , did not sign . 5 months later he was drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 2nd round of the secondary phase of the free-agent draft . This time he signed but then he was traded to Cleveland for Cardell Camper ( whom , I don't think , ever play in the Show ) .
He is also known and remembered for many of his zany antics such as dying his hair different colors , opening beer bottles with his eye sockets and shaving off a tattoo with a razor blade.

Cardell Camper--- His 1978 rookie card , one of 7 total cards , was the the only major league card he had.

1980 Indians team issued photo card ( light colored jersey indicates 1980 )

Joe's play in 1980 netted him an All-Star nomination in 1981 and a small ,1 1/4" x 1" , "card" that was part of several sheets inserted into the 1981 All-Star game program . That year the game was played in Cleveland.

He also made it into the the ever popular APBA game in 1981 .

1981 Donruss , one of Joe's first real baseball cards , came in the days of the never ending variations. ( see different versions below ) This being the premier year for Donruss , Joe was also one of 8 players featured on a sample promo sheet that year.

Version "A" . The sentence after 116 runs begins " For some reason..." .

Version "B" leaves out " For some reason " for some reason !!

1981 Drake's Big Hitters . Their first card set since 1950 . Stats and some info on the back are identical to 1981 Topps as they produced the cards.

1981 Fleer , also a comeback issue after an 18 year hiatus.

1981 Indians team photo card. This year features a dark colored jersey.

1981 Kellogg's This year the 3-D set was increased to 66 cards and produced in the standard 2 1/2" x 3 1/2 " size.

1981 Topps / OPC Pretty much identical , including card #'s O-Pee -Chee was the Canadian version of Topps.

However, the OPC cards have their own logo , some french translations on the back and two different colored card backs. Some on white stock and some on gray with gray being more scarce.


  1. Great blog on Super Joe. I also found his card in the 1983 TCMA set for the Buffalo Bisons.

  2. THANKS ! I have that card also. I have 24 more cards to cover in the next 2 posts. I have all the cards in the binder shown in the first photo. I took the binder to a card show where Joe was signing for free. I had to buy the photo that is now on the cover , but he signed it there and looked through the collection. He didn't even know he had so many cards !