Friday, August 15, 2014

1975 Topps Bill Madlock All Star Co-MVP

Going Horizontal

When making the horizontal versions of the 1975 All Star MVPs, I really could have gone a number of different ways and still remain true to the original 1975 Topps design.  I settled on trying to make it look like the All Star cards of 1975. By going horizontal I shifted the 2-tone split 90 degrees as well. In part because of the way Topps printed the card sheets and in part because I thought it looked better. The real problem was that I knew from the start I could not make a better card than the original 1975 Topps Bill Madlock card.

In 1974 Madlock replaced the great Ron Santo at 3rd base for the Cubs and was 3rd in Rookie of the Year voting. In 1975 he was the Cubs sole representative at the All Star Game in Milwaukee. He entered the game at 3rd base in the bottom of the 6th replacing Ron Cey. In his first at bat he flied out to 1975 R.O.Y. and M.V.P. Fred Lynn in centerfield. In the top of the 9th he came to the plate with the game tied 3-3. The bases were loaded and no-one out. He drove a single to left to score Reggie Smith and Al Oliver. He advanced to second on the throw home. The National League won the game 6-3, the final run came when Larry Bowa scored from 3rd on a fly ball off Pete Rose's bat.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

1975 Topps Jon Madlack All Star Co-MVP

Going Horizontal

It's been a while since I made a horizontal version of All Star MVP cards. The last I made was the 1972 Joe Morgan card. The 1973 and 74 All Star MVPs were already depicted on horizontal cards so I skipped over those years. I'll make up for it with the 1975 versions. That year there were 2 All Star MVPs, Jon Matlack and Bill Madlock.

The Mets had 2 pitchers representing the team in the 1975 All Star Game. In the bottom of the 5th, Tom Seaver came in with a 3 run lead. A 3 run shot off the bat of Carl Yastrzemski erased the NL's lead. In the bottom of the 6th Seaver was relieved by his teammate. Matlack threw 2 scoreless innings, striking out 4. The Nationals rallied in the top of the 9th to give Matlack a 6-3 win.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Orioles 60th Anniversary Celebration At Camden Yard

Joe at The Shlabotnik Report gave me a heads up that a couple of my cards slipped by quality control and made it onto the scoreboard at Camden Yard last night.  I'm pretty sure it was unintentional, but I am thrilled none the less. Here are a couple screen shots of the scoreboard:

As you can see the center card was part of the 1971 All Star series that never existed. Here is my original post.

This one has the 1981 Cal Ripken card I created just a couple months ago. Click Here. I find the card choice a bit odd. First because they included my card at all. Secondly is that they used the original 1987 card and the 2012 Topps 1987 Mini right next to each other.

Here is a link to see a video of the ceremony. If anybody has the complete ceremony, I'd love to see it just to see what cards were used during all of the players' tributes.

Thank you Joe, you made my day.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

1967 Topps NL Stolen Base Leaders: Lou Brock, Sonny Jackson, Maury Wills

In 1966 there was a changing of the guard. After finishing 2nd in stolen bases in 1964 and 1965, Lou Brock passed Maury Wills as the stolen base leader. Wills was the N.L. stolen base leader from 1960-1965 but fell to 3rd in 1966. Lou Brock would go on to be the new N.L. leader in 8 of the next nine years. 

Nearly lost in the middle of these two superstars is Sonny Jackson. Jackson had a career high 49 stolen bases in 1966. He made brief Major League appearances in 1963, 64 and 65,  but 1966 was still officially his rookie year and he finished 2nd in Rookie of the Year voting to the Reds' Tommy Helms.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

1967 Topps AL Stolen Base Leaders: Bert Campaneris, Don Buford, Tommie Agee

The two teams featured on this card, The Kansas City A's and the Chicago White Sox were the top two teams in stolen bases and also the bottom 2 teams in home runs in the A.L. The White Sox were also dead last in batting average while the A's were last in on base percentage. 

The A's had the leagues top base-runner in Bert Campaneris and the top closer in Jack Aker but were sub par in nearly every other category. They finished 7th in the AL.

The White Sox made up for this power shortage with pitching and speed. They had the lowest ERA in the league with 2.68 compared to the league average of 3.44. The next closest was Minnesota with a 3.13 ERA. The Sox also led the league in sacrifice bunts and stolen bases. Don Buford had a career high 51 stolen bases and led the league in sacrifice bunts. Tommie Agee was th AL Rookie of the Year. He had 41 stolen bases and earned a gold glove in center field.This managed to keep above .500 finishing 4th in the AL.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

1967 Topps NL Leading Firemen: Phil Regan, Billy McCool, Roy Face

Phil Regan made his one and only All Star game appearance in 1966.  He aso led the league in saves and won The Sporting News Fireman of the year Award. Another closer making his sole All Star appearance in 1966 was Billy McCool. Both McCool and Roy Face had 18 saves in 1966. McCool had an 8-8 record while Face was 6-6.

Monday, July 28, 2014

1967 Topps AL Leading Firemen: Jack Aker, Ron Kline, Larry Sherry

The 1967 Topps leaders cards are incredibly boring. Just 3 boxes and block lettering. It was the players that made these cards great. The subset was filled with Hall of Famers like Koufax, Aaron, Mays, Gibson, Kaline etc. This card is not. 

Jack Aker was the "Sporting News Fireman of the Year" in 1966 with 32 saves. It was a career year for the 25 year old reliever. He pitched for 6 different clubs during his MLB career, then manged in the Minors.

Ron Kline led the AL in saves in 1965 but did not receive the Fireman of the Year award. In 1966 he would finish 2nd in save with 23. Another well traveled player, Ron played on 9 different clubs in his 17 MLB seasons.

Larry Sherry was the 1959 World Series MVP with 2 wins and 2 saves. In 1966 Sherry had 20 saves with the Tigers.

Friday, July 25, 2014

1960 Topps Gail Cogdill

The NFL's 1960 Rookie of the Year was Gail Cogdill of the Detroit Lions.  Cogdill was drafted by the Lions in the 6th round of the 1960 draft. He made an immediate impact as Detroit's leading receiver with 642 yards. He was also selected to the Pro Bowl in 1960.

Meanwhile in 1960 the AFL the Rookie of the Year was Abner Haynes. Although, technically, all of the players in the newly founded league were rookies, Haynes was also voted the league's "Player of the Year". Haynes was selected in the 5th round of the 1960 NFL draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers but instead chose to play for the AFL's Dallas Texans. Coincidentally, the Texans also drafted the NFL's 1960 Rookie of the year Gail Godgill.

While Topps did not have a card of the NFL R.O.Y. Gail Cogdill, the Fleer company did produce a card of the AFL R.O.Y., Abner Haynes:

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

1973 Topps Tommy Davis

While doing a little research on 1973 designated hitters, I happened to notice that there wasn't a card for Tommy Davis in 1973.  My OCD would not allow me to let this go un-corrected. 

Like Orlando Cepeda, Davis played very little in 1971 and 1972 but his career was revived by the adoption of the designated hitter. In 1973 he played in 137 games, 128 as a DH. He batted .306 which was 3rd in the A.L. By contrast, Davis played a combined total of 120 games in 1971 and 1972.  

When you look at the top 5 DHs in 1973 you can see it was populated by stars who's careers may have been over had it not been adopted by the American League in 1973. With 142 games each at DH were Orlando Cepeda and Tony Oliva:

Tommy Davis was 3rd on the list with 128 games at DH followed by Fran Robinson at 127. As long as I was adding the "Designated Hitter" label to his 1973 Topps card, I figured I may as well take advantage of the opportunity to use a picture of him in the correct uniform:

Rounding out the top 5 was Gates Brown with 118 games at DH.  Brpwn was the relative youngster of the group at just 34 years old and in his 11th year in the Majors:

Monday, July 21, 2014

1966 Topps Football Checklist - Cards That Never Were - 25th Series

A bit of a tight squeeze getting all 25 cards into that small space. This series includes my Royals top-5, all 16 1980 Rookie of the Year candidates and the All Star Honorary Captains from 1978. 1979 and 1980. Unfortunately it also included 3 tributes: Don Zimmer, Chuck Noll, and Tony Gwynn. If you want to see all the cards from this series in one place click here.

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