Shoot, I should have saved the ahoy schtick for the Mariners. This is the Astros so... 3! 2! 1! sticker page BLAST OFF!
The ghostly figure on this page is a no-brainer. It's Nolan. I have solid proof, just wait. I just noticed how annoying it is that Topps only list the the first half and second half records on the page. I actually had to use my brain to figure out that the 'Stros went 61-49 in 1981. I suck at even the simplest math so this was no small feat for me. Speaking of numbers, check out the home run stats. The Astros hit 45 home runs all year. Ok, so it was a strike year. That's still 45 home runs in 110 games. Forty-five!!!!! Middle infielders hit more than that themselves nowadays! It was hard to hit home runs in the '80s! Someone find a BBWAA member and beat them over the head with this fact before they fill out their Hall ballot please.
~~~~~ JOY OF A COMPLETED PAGE ~~~~~~
Isn't that purty? I like it when things work out like this. If you want proof that shadowman is none other than Nolan Ryan, compare the gloves on the page and on the sticker. They're identical. In fact I'd bet dollars to doughnuts that the sticker photo was taken milliseconds after the background photo. Just look at the fence in the background. I am also amused by how the page is laid out so that there is a white-hot ball of SuperStardom in the top right corner which drops off precipitously the further down the page you get until you hit the black hole of Bob Knepper. Ok, so Bob wasn't all that bad a pitcher. I'm just mad that Topps picked him over Don Sutton or Joe Niekro for a sticker subject. Dangit, I want a sticker of the Hall of Fame Perm, not Bob and his amazing mustache. And no, Don's not on the Milwaukee page, he got traded mid-season.