Wednesday, July 3, 2013

1962 Topps NL Stolen Base Leaders: Wills, Pinson, F.Robinson, Aaron

Topps would not include leader cards for stolen bases until the 1973 set. I still have to believe that the delay has to do with the fact that Maury Wills was not under contract with Topps. It would have been nice if Topps could have secured rights to use Wills' image in time for the 1962 style 2011 Heritage set. Topps managed to obtain rights to use his image in the 2013 Heritage set as well as last years Archives set. Since he set a record for stolen bases and was the NL MVP in 1962, their timing seems to be a bit off.

To illustrate Topps' lapse of judgement here is the back of their 2011 Heritage Then and Now card:

But here is the front:

I'm a White Sox fan and  Luis Aparicio is one of my favorite players but this is what that card should have looked like:

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