There is really no legit reason for making this card. I just really hated the no-hat 1969 Topps Luis Aparicio card that was the exact same crappy no-hat picture from his 1968 card. The 1969 set had such a clean, classic look. It is one of my favorite designs. I think if Topps incorporated some horizontal action cards it would have been even better.
Even if you are the most old-school traditionalist card collector, I have to ask: Which card would you rather find in that stack of 1969's at a dealers table