Tuesday, February 4, 2014

#637 - Checklist: Cards 529-660

The final regular checklist of the set is topped off a bit but other than that nothing jumps out at you about the front. This checklist happens to be much closer to the end of its card range than the beginning so it doesn’t offer much of a preview. There are quite a lot of guys whose names don’t fit. But it is the back of the card where things get pretty interesting.

About three quarters of the way down the left side things get a little wiggy. Card 613 is completely obliterated and in its place goes card 618. In the latter card’s normal spot goes card 681 which of course doesn’t even exist in this set and at the end of the column Topps does another transposition with card 632 following card 622. It was this whole snafu that made it a bit arduous to track down the true 613 card – it belonged to Dan Monzon – which was mentioned on that card’s post. We have seen this checklist’s special set, the Rookie cards, and are now coming down to the wire on the set as a whole. On the back the Pirates Team Photo card is unchecked but I always had that one. I guess I got a bit lazy.

On to the Watergate recap, late April would be a busy time:

4/16/74 – Special Prosecutor Leon Jaworski issues a subpoena for 42 additional White House tapes. To date portions of 19 tapes and nearly 700 pages of transcripts had been turned over.

4/29/74 – President Nixon makes his third nationally televised speech regarding Watergate. The immediate theme of the speech is his response to the subpoenas which is that he has prepared roughly 1,200 pages of transcripts from the requested tapes but he will not be turning over those tapes themselves. Instead he invited House Judiciary Committee Chairman Peter Rodino and ranking minority member Edward Hutchinson to the White House to personally review the tapes. Nixon also reiterated the sensitive security-related nature of the tape contents as his primary reason for not releasing the tapes themselves. He reiterated his innocence of any knowledge regarding the break-in’s significance to his inner circle or the cover-up until a March 21, 1973 meeting with then White House attorney John Dean, contrary to Dean’s testimony from that same year. Nixon then opined that the tapes, while potentially embarrassing to him and his staff and subject to various subjective interpretations, would validate his stance that he was not involved in the planning or subsequent cover-up on the break-in.

No hook-up for the checklist cards.

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