J.J. Putz talks about Tom Brady, '80s facial hair and a dude named Hipolito on 'Old Baseball Cards'

J.J. Putz and I have found a new favorite baseball player. His name is Hipolito Pichardo. And just ask Putz — the former All-Star closer, who now works in the Arizona Diamondbacks front office — Hipolito Pichardo is an all-timer of a baseball name.

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Such are the joys of “Old Baseball Cards,” our baseball card-driven nostalgia series. In one moment, we’re admiring the ’80s facial hair of a Hall of the Famer, the next we’re gushing over a relief pitcher from the ’90s with a 4.44 career ERA and an 80-grade baseball name.

On this week’s episode, Putz was a delight as he opened a pack of 1984 Fleer and I opened some 1994 Topps Stadium Club. We talked about Tom Brady, with whom Putz shared a dorm in college, found some Tigers players he liked as a kid, marveled at 1984 Buck Martinez and pulled off a great 2-for-2 trade.

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Previously on Old Baseball Cards
MUST-SEE EPISODES: Gary Vee | Randy Johnson | Felipe Alou | George Brett | Torey Lovullo | Pedro Martinez | Bronson Arroyo | Eric Davis | Dusty Baker | Hank Azaria | Alex Rodriguez | Scott Boras | A.J. Ellis | Bernie Williams | Chase Utley | John Smoltz | Best trades of 2017 | Best finds of 2017 | Best Guests of 2017 (Part 1) | Best Guests of 2017 (Part 2)

STARS FROM BACK IN THE DAY: Luis Gonzalez | Duane Kuiper | Edgar Martinez | Ryne Sandberg | Frank Thomas | Sandy Alomar Jr. | Delino DeShields | Cliff Floyd | Dan Plesac | Aaron Boone | Bobby Bonilla | Andre Dawson | Ivan Rodriguez | Jack Morris | Jeff Nelson | Mark Teixeira | Rick Ankiel | Kevin Millar

MANAGERS/COACHES: Terry Francona | Joe Maddon | Bruce Bochy | Clint Hurdle | Buck Showalter | Brad Mills | Bob Melvin | Dave Roberts | Gabe Kapler | Alex Cora | Dave Martinez | Ron Gardenhire | Scott Servais

CURRENT PLAYERS: Curtis Granderson | Noah Syndergaard | Kyle Hendricks | Clayton Kershaw | Todd Coffey | John Axford | Dee Gordon | Adam Eaton | Rajai Davis | Brad Ziegler & Tyler Clippard | Buster Posey, David Price & Anthony Rizzo

CELEBS: Bill Nye | HQ’s Scott Rogowsky | Mr. Belding | Alyssa Milano | Josh Duhamel | Joel McHale

ETC: Chris “Mad Dog” Russo | Josh Kusnick | Jeff Passan | Ken Kendrick

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