Johnny Bench 2013 Topps – 1972 mini
WHAT AN IMAGE!!!
Topps hit it out of the park on this one. Not only is the image used on this card of Johnny Bench from the 1972 mini subset that was part of the 2013 Topps flagship brand a perfect blast back to Bench’s MVP days, but the way that it shows off his vintage catcher’s gear is outstanding.
Just look at what he is wearing – and compare it to today’s catching gear.
Between the chest protector, the mask, the helmet, and the glove, baseball equipment has come a very long way. And while I will always choose old-school over modern, I am happy to see that our players today are better protected and cared for – very few of today’s catchers would wear what Bench was wearing in the early 1970’s.