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1975 Topps Set Card 87/660 – #545 – Billy Williams, A’s

1975 Topps Set Card 87/660 – #545 – Billy Williams, A’s

Progress: 87/660

Player Name:  Billy Williams

Card Number:  545

Team:  Oakland A’s

Position:  Designated Hitter, First Base

Image Style:  Posed Portrait

Years In The Major Leagues:  18 seasons, 1959-76

Notes From His 1975 Season:  After spending the first 16 seasons of his career in Chicago with the Cubs, Williams spent the 1975 baseball season with the Oakland A’s.  Playing the role of veteran leader, Williams played in 155 games for the A’s at the age of 37.  He hit just .244 on the year, but was still productive as he collected 127 hits while scoring 68 runs and driving in 81.

Notes From Career:   A Hall of Famer, Billy Williams was one of the best pure hitters during the 1960’s.  A career .290 hitter with 2,711 hits on his resume, Williams was excitement at the plate.  He connected for 434 doubles and 426 home runs while also scoring 1,410 runs and driving in 1,475.

Williams is a 6-time All-Star and was the 1961 Rookie Of The Year.  He was voted into the Hall of Fame in 1987.

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Billy Williams 2013 Topps Allen & Ginter – Base

Billy Williams 2013 Topps Allen & Ginter – Base

After showing off my Ernie Banks card from the 2013 Allen & Ginter set yesterday, I figured that it made the most sense to grab my Billy Williams card and get it on the blog quickly too.

So, here is the card:

GINTER WILLIAMS

Obviously, the design is the same.  But, there is one major difference – the Red background versus the Blue.

And you know what, the Red is not that bad.  The 3-D effect is still achieved, and the Red also works with the Cubs’ color scheme.

I was so excited to see that Topps included Williams in this set – in my opinion, it was long overdue.  Mr. Williams had a nice hobby year in 2013, and for fans of the Cubs’ legend, we were treated with the opportunity to expand our collections and checklists.

1987 HEADLINE: Billy Williams Elected To Baseball Hall Of Fame

1987 HEADLINE: Billy Williams Elected To Baseball Hall Of Fame

‘Sweet Swinging Billy Williams’ was the heart and soul of the Chicago Cubs outfield for sixteen major league seasons.  A player that owned one of the best left-handed swings in the history of the game, Williams was dynamic at the plate.  For his career, he connected for 2,711 hits with 434 doubles, 428 home runs, 1,475 RBI, and 1,419 runs scored.  A Rookie of the Year award winner and 6-time All-Star, Williams also finished as a runner-up for the MVP award twice.

Williams was voted into the Hall of Fame on his sixth ballot.  He collected 354 of 413 votes cast.

1961 HEADLINE: Cubs’ Billy Williams Earns National League Rookie Of The Year Award

1961 HEADLINE: Cubs’ Billy Williams Earns National League Rookie Of The Year Award

On this day in 1961, Billy Williams was awarded with the Rookie of the Year award in the National League.

In that ’61 campaign, Williams starred in 146 games for the Chicago Cubs.  And once he earned that starting job in left field, he kept it for fourteen years!!!

During his ROY season, Williams hit .278 while collecting 147 hits.  In a display of his all-around offensive skills, ‘Sweet Swinging Billy Williams’ connected for 20 doubles and 25 home runs.  He also scored 75 runs while driving in 86.  And amazingly, as a 23-year old rookie, he only struck out 70 times in 584 plate appearances.

Happy Anniversary Mr. Williams!!!

Billy Williams 2013 Topps Gypsy Queen – FINALLY!!!

Billy Williams 2013 Topps Gypsy Queen – FINALLY!!!

In my opinion, it took Topps waaaaaay too long to put Billy Williams back into a base card.  Yes, he has had a few relic and certified autographed cards recently, but as a budgeted collector, it has been a while since I was able to afford a ‘new’ card of Mr. Williams.

Thankfully, that all changed when he was added to the 2013 Topps Gypsy Queen checklist.

Here is the card:

VINTAGE WILLIAMS

I really like the image that Topps selected for this card.  It features a very young Williams, and the background is reminiscent of the early 1960’s as well.

Williams does not have a White paper or Blue paper framed card in the GQ set, so now I need to shift my focus to the minis…

Stay tuned.

Billy Williams 2012 Panini Cooperstown – Base Card

Billy Williams 2012 Panini Cooperstown – Base Card

Well, I have finally reached the end of my stack.

With the posting of this card, I have officially shown off each and every base card from the 2012 Panini Cooperstown set that I own.

This is the card of ‘Sweet Swinging’ Billy Williams.

Take a look:

VINTAGE WILLIAMS

This card was sent to me by loyal ’30-YOC’ reader, Quentin.  Q and I have traded cards over the years multiple times.  He knows what I like, and I know what he likes.

We both like this card.  But I think that I can speak for Q when I say that we both would like this card even more if it featured Williams’ signature sweet left-handed swing…  Crop it, photo-shop it, whatever – just give me one more picture of that sweet lefty stroke!!!!

Thanks Q, I owe you one!!!

1987 HEADLINE: Billy Williams Elected To Baseball Hall Of Fame

1987 HEADLINE: Billy Williams Elected To Baseball Hall Of Fame

‘Sweet Swinging Billy Williams’ was the heart and soul of the Chicago Cubs outfield for sixteen major league seasons.  A player that owned one of the best left-handed swings in the history of the game, Williams was dynamic at the plate.  For his career, he connected for 2,711 hits with 434 doubles, 428 home runs, 1,475 RBI, and 1,419 runs scored.  A Rookie of the Year award winner and 6-time All-Star, Williams also finished as a runner-up for the MVP award twice.

Williams was voted into the Hall of Fame on his sixth ballot.  He collected 354 of 413 votes cast.

1961 HEADLINE: Cubs’ Billy Williams Earns National League Rookie Of The Year Award

1961 HEADLINE: Cubs’ Billy Williams Earns National League Rookie Of The Year Award

On this day in 1961, Billy Williams was awarded with the Rookie of the Year award in the National League.

In that ’61 campaign, Williams starred in 146 games for the Chicago Cubs.  And once he earned that starting job in left field, he kept it for fourteen years!!!

During his ROY season, Williams hit .278 while collecting 147 hits.  In a display of his all-around offensive skills, ‘Sweet Swinging Billy Williams’ connected for 20 doubles and 25 home runs.  He also scored 75 runs while driving in 86.  And amazingly, as a 23-year old rookie, he only struck out 70 times in 584 plate appearances.

Happy Anniversary Mr. Williams!!!

Billy Williams 2006 Upper Deck SP Legendary Cuts

Billy Williams 2006 Upper Deck SP Legendary Cuts

For some strange reason, Billy Williams has not been included in any new releases for the last few years.

What that means is that I have to go back, go back to when Upper Deck was still in the game.  Hopefully I can continue to find ‘new’ cards for my collection that honors him – luckily I found this one.

This card comes from the 2006 Upper Deck SP baseball card set.  It seems like UD enjoyed putting Williams in their modern sets as he has a lot more cards issued by them than by Topps over the last ten years.

As for the card, it looks great – bold coloring, and a very sweet nameplate!!

And the picture used of the ‘Sweet Swinger’ is pretty sharp as well!!!

Baseball Card Show Purchase #12 – Pair Of Two 1971 Topps League Leaders Cards Starring Johnny Bench

Baseball Card Show Purchase #12 – Pair Of Two 1971 Topps League Leaders Cards Starring Johnny Bench

This was by far the BEST $1.00 I spent at the card show.  Yes, I paid $1.00 for both of these cards.

And while I already owned each of these for both my Billy Williams and Tony Perez collections, these two fill voids in my Johnny Bench collection!!!

And they are both in Excellent condition.

Have a look:

I am a big fan of League Leader baseball cards – I find them to be a very nice way to celebrate seasons that have passed while also paying homage to some incredible feats.

These three guys really dominated the NL in 1971!!!