Saturday, October 23, 2021

Topps All-Star Misses: 1970 AL Outfield

 In 1970 Topps had All Star cards of Reggie Jackson, Frank Robinson and Carl Yastrzemski in the American League outfield.  Reggie and "The Judge" shared the outfield with Frank Howard as starter in the 1969 All Star game.  Howard started the 1970 ASG as well. Hondo was also named to the 1970 Sporting News All Star team. Since that is what the cards supposedly declare in fake headlines, he probably should have had an All Star card in 1970.

The other two AL outfielders that were named to the 1970 Sporting News All Star roster were Reggie Smith and Tony Oliva.  Here are their All Star Cards That Never Were:

Who probably didn't merit inclusion in the 1970 Topps All-Star set, but was in it anyway?
Carl Yastrzemski:

 Yaz was neither a starter in the 1969 ASG nor named to the Sporting News All Star team in 1969 or 1970. That being said he had a great 1970 season and was a starter in that season's ASG. 


  1. Yaz's inclusion was very strange - Jax, Hondo and Robby were in top 5 mvp votes

    Yaz finished 18th and batted .255

  2. Appreciate the cards as always. As far as Yaz, I guess 40 homers, 111 RBI's and a Gold Glove didn't get you that far back then.