Saturday, January 19, 2013

1972 Topps MVP Award - Vida Blue

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.  I added facsimile autographs to identify the players while trying to keep the original look of the cards.

Vida Blue went 24-8 with  301 strikeouts and a 1.82 ERA in 1971. He was also the winning pitcher of the mid-season classic that summer. Although the A's fell to the Orioles in the post-season, Vida and his teammate, Sal Bando were number 1 and 2 in MVP voting.

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