Monday, January 28, 2013

1972 Topps Minor League Player of the Year Award

In 1972 Topps released 6 "Awards" cards. These cards had pictures of the trophies on them.  I always thought that was kind of strange. Over the next few posts I will be putting pictures of the award winners on the cards.  On this particular one, I added the players' names and the leagues they were associated with. 

On the original "Minor League Player of the Year Award" card, there are 2 trophies on the front but only one name per year on the back. For 1971 it was Bobby Grich. But in 1971 there were 3 AAA leagues affiliated with Major League ball clubs. The Pacific Coast League, The International League and the now-defunct American Association.

In 1971 Bobby Grich won the MVP award in the International League. He was playing for the Orioles AAA team, The Rochester Red Wings. In the American Association, Richie Scheinblum of the Denver Bears won the MVP. The Bears were The Washington Senators AAA club. The winner of the Pacific Coast League MVP award was Tommy Hutton of the Spokane Indians, the AAA farm club of the Los Angeles Dodgers. 

That gives me 3 MVP's and only 2 frames, so I had to take a few liberties with this card. Unlike the other "Award" cards, the trophies depicted on this one were not the trophies the players received. However, most baseball card geeks would recognize them in an instant. They are the "Topps All Star Rookie" trophies that Topps had been putting on their cards for years.

Here are a couple examples of Rookie All Star Award winners with the cartoon trophy on their cards:

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