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1965 Topps NL RBI League Leaders Card w/Willie Mays, Ken Boyer, & Ron Santo

1965 Topps NL RBI League Leaders Card w/Willie Mays, Ken Boyer, & Ron Santo

This card comes from the 1965 Topps baseball card set and honors the top 3 players from the National League in RBI production during the 1964 baseball season.

Leading the way that year was Ken Boyer of the St. Louis Cardinals.  Boyer was tops in the NL with 119 RBI.  Ron Santo of the Cubs trailed Boyer by 5 with his 114 RBI in 1964.  And completing the trio was the ‘Say Hey Kid’, Hall of Famer Willie Mays with his 111 RBI.

A great card – A great addition to my Ron Santo Collection!!! 

Ron Santo 1968 Topps All-Star

Ron Santo 1968 Topps All-Star

What a great looking card, huh??

This card is from the 1968 Topps set, and it pays tribute to Ron Santo’s selection to the National League All-Star team during the 1967 baseball season.

A closer peek at the ’67 season reveals – 176 hits, 23 doubles, 31 home runs, 98 RBI, 107 runs scored, and Santo’s 4th consecutive Gold Glove trophy.

Santo finished in 4th place for the MVP award in ’67 – his highest finish during his 15-season big league career.

Ron Santo 1965 Topps

Ron Santo 1965 Topps

Possibly my favorite design from the 1960s, I am thrilled to add this 1965 Topps card of Ron Santo to my collection that honors him!!

Santo put together a solid campaign in 1965. 

A closer look at the numbers – .285 batting average with 173 hits including 30 doubles and 33 home runs.  He also accounted for scoring 88 runs while driving in 101.  Santo made the All-star team, collected another Gold Glove award, and finished in 18th place for the NL MVP award in 1965.

A great addition to my Ron Santo player collection – 1965 Topps!!

Baseball Card Show Purchase #2 – Ron Santo 2005 Topps ‘Rookie Cup’ – Green

Baseball Card Show Purchase #2 – Ron Santo 2005 Topps ‘Rookie Cup’ – Green

What can I say, this series is one of my favorites, and finding a card from this set of Ron Santo in a $0.50 bin was a great find for me.

The set contains a small handful of variations with the only difference being the Topps Rookie Cup coloring in the background.  This one is obviously the Green version, and it is numbered 156/199.

A have a bunch of these of Dawson, and now I can add a Santo to the mix.

Ron Santo 1964 Topps

Ron Santo 1964 Topps

While the Ron Santo card issued as part of the 1964 Topps set is not exceptional, the same cannot be said about his efforts that season with the Cubs.

The numbers:  .313 batting average, .398 on-base percentage, 185 hits, 33 doubles, 13 triples, 30 home runs, 94 runs scored, and 114 RBI.  Santo was selected as an All-star for the second time in 1964 while also winning his first of five consecutive Gold Glove awards.

You see, while the cards do assist in telling the story, this one does not adequately depict Santo as one of the brightest stars in the game…

A great addition to my Ron Santo collection!!!

Ron Santo 1970 Topps All-Star

Ron Santo 1970 Topps All-Star

I picked up a few of these 1970 Topps All-star cards in a recent Ebay auction. 

And this one lands directly in my Ron Santo player collection!!!

The card pays tribute to Santo’s selection to the National League All-star team in 1969.  Beautifully and uniquely designed, I cannot get enough of the newspaper-ish element that Topps adopted for this series of All-star cards.

Let’s take a look back at the 1969 season Santo had.  During a season in which the Cubs were supposed to dominate and make it to the World Series, Santo was a key element to their offensive attack.  Collecting 166 hits during that year, Santo amassed a .289 batting average in ’69 along with an on-base percentage of .384.  His power numbers were solid as he hit 18 doubles and 29 homers while collecting 123 RBI(a career high). 

Ron Santo finished in 5th place for the NL MVP voting in 1969.

A great and welcomed addition to my Ron Santo collection!!!

Ron Santo 1974 Topps

Ron Santo 1974 Topps

Such a strange image to feature on a baseball card, huh?  If I put myself into this situation, I think that the photographer probably yelled, ‘Hey Ronnie’, and then Santo replied ‘Yeah’.

Since there is not much worth talking about when it comes to this card, I’ll yap for a few seconds about Santo’s 1974 season.  ’74 was Santo’s last year in the major leagues and his first and only season with the ‘other’ team in Chicago – the White Sox.  Nearing the end of his career, Santo was not ready to retire from baseball, but the Cubs were ready to move on so they traded him to the ‘North Side’.

During that ’74 campaign, Santo was unable to recapture his flare.  Hitting just .221 in 117 games, Santo was only able to amass 83 hits for his new team.  His power numbers included 12 doubles, 5 homers, and 41.

The Ron Santo experience at Comiskey Park lasted just 1 year – a blessing for both Santo, the White Sox, and Sox fans…

This is Santo’s final major-brand card showing him in a Cubs’ uniform.  What a terrible card indeed!!

Ron Santo 1974 Topps All-Star w/Brooks Robinson

Ron Santo 1974 Topps All-Star w/Brooks Robinson

This card honors two of the best third basemen to play during the 1970’s.  Issued in the 1974 Topps base set, the card celebrates their elections to the 1973 All-star team.

The 1973 All-star game was Santo’s 9th and final time making the team.  For Brooks Robinson, it was the 14th time he made the squad.

Cross another card off of my ‘Ron Santo Checklist’!!!

Ron Santo 1967 Topps

Ron Santo 1967 Topps

I ran this card through a new computer program that I installed.  It confirms that Ron Santo’s head takes up 47.3% of the surface area of this baseball card…  🙂

Santo was as steady as ever during the 1967 baseball season.  Coming in 4th place for the National League’s MVP, he did it all for the Cubs during that season.  Santo collected 176 hits en route to a .300 batting average.  He also crushed 31 home runs while driving in 98 and scoring 107 times.  The ’67 season also brought Santo his 4th of 5 consecutive Gold Glove awards.

Another great addition to my Ron Santo player collection – 1967 Topps!!

1962 Topps Ron Santo

1962 Topps Ron Santo

Here we have Ron Santo’s second baseball card – 1962 Topps.  And while it is far from perfect, and obviously off-centered, I couldn’t resist nabbing this one.  This is the oldest card I have purchased since my return to the hobby and I believe it is the second oldest card that I now own – the first being a 1961 Topps Billy Williams rookie.

1962 was Santo’s third year with the Cubs.  Having secured the job at third base, Santo had established himself as the premier defender at the ‘hot corner’.  And while 1962 was a down year in terms of hitting(.227/17/83), Santo had begun to win the hearts of the Wrigley faithful.

The next season, 1963, Santo would start a string of 6 All-star teams in 7 years.  He also became a perennial MVP candidate by finishing in the Top 20 in 6 of the 7 years as well. 

Ron Santo was on his way to baseball superstardom!!!