Wednesday, November 30, 2011

1975 Topps 1958 Rookies of the Year

Here is the 1958 edition of my recurring theme putting the ROY's on the 1975 Topps MVP cards.

Once again with more series and a larger set, Topps managed to produce cards for both Rookie of the Year players in 1958. 

 Albie Pearson struggled after his rookie year and was traded to Baltimore. In 1960 he was selected in the expansion draft by the L.A. Angels where he got back on track. He was the starting centerfielder on the 1963 A.L. All Star Team and went 2 for 4 with a double and a run scored. He retired in 1966 with back ailments.

Orlando Cepeda went on to a Hall of Fame career. He played for the Giants, Cardinals, Braves, A's, Red Sox and Royals, had 7 All Star seasons and won the M.L. MVP in 1967. He retired in 1974 but if the AL hadn't added the designated hitter his career might have ended with the Oakland A's in 1972.

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