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1974 Topps Oakland Athletics Team Card

1974 Topps Oakland Athletics Team Card

I am a big fan of the early 1970’s Oakland A’s team – from Reggie to Rollie to Rudi to Bando to Campaneris, I like that squad a lot.

And I really like how they dominated the early part of the decade.

I bought this card to see if I could find Reggie Jackson hiding among his teammates.

My eyesight is not what it used to be (getting old, I guess), but I believe that is Reggie in the first seat in Row one…

Johnny Bench 1977 Topps Baseball Card

Johnny Bench 1977 Topps Baseball Card

Any time I can add some real ‘vintage’ stuff to my collection I try to.  And if the price tag of $0.99 is applied, I get a little giddy…

So of course I placed my bid, and I won!

For just $0.99 I picked up this 1977 Topps baseball card featuring Hall of Famer, Mr. Johnny Bench.

Here it is:

And while the picture on the card is nothing to brag about, not by a long shot, it is still a great addition to my collection of Bench cards.

Johnny Bench 1978 Topps

Johnny Bench 1978 Topps

Oh, Yeah!  Another classic, vintage Johnny Bench baseball card for the collection!

This one, from the 1978 Topps baseball card set, features a sweet Red, White, and Blue All-Star badge in the upper-right corner.  And while relatively small in stature, that badge can be interpreted as ‘This Guy Is A Bad-Ass Baseball Player’.

And of all of the great stats that Bench put up in 1978, my favorite is: 7.  Just 7 errors in 660 chances.  Solid, solid stuff right there!!

1976 Topps Cincinnati Reds Teams Set – Card #300 – Johnny Bench

1976 Topps Cincinnati Reds Teams Set – Card #300 – Johnny Bench

Often regarded as the greatest catcher of all-time, Johnny Bench displayed all of the traits of being a dominant baseball player and ultimate competitor.

Bench was : A 2-time MVP Award winner, A Rookie of the Year winner, A 10-time Gold Glove winner, A 14-time All-star, and a member of the Cincinnati Reds’ “Big Red Machine” that won back-to-back championships in 1975 & 76.

1975 Topps Cincinnati Reds Teams Set – Card #260 – Johnny Bench

1975 Topps Cincinnati Reds Teams Set – Card #260 – Johnny Bench

Often regarded as the greatest catcher of all-time, Johnny Bench displayed all of the traits of being a dominant baseball player and ultimate competitor.

Bench was : A 2-time MVP Award winner, A Rookie of the Year winner, A 10-time Gold Glove winner, A 14-time All-star, and a member of the Cincinnati Reds’ “Big Red Machine” that won back-to-back championships in 1975 & 76.

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1975 Topps Cincinnati Reds Teams Set – Card #284– Ken Griffey

1975 Topps Cincinnati Reds Teams Set – Card #284– Ken Griffey

A 19-year veteran, Ken Griffey Sr. was an integral part of the Cincinnati Red’s ‘Big Red Machine’ during the mid-1970’s.  The first 9 years of his career were played with the Reds and Griffey became an All-star on their star-studded line-up 3 times.  During his time in Cincinnati, Griffey hit .300+ in 6 of his 9 seasons while also 80+ runs 5 times.  Ending his career with a very impressive .296 batting average, Griffey was also able to swipe 200 bases and score 1,129 runs. 

A 2-time World Series winner on the Reds teams of 1975 and 1976, Griffey won championship rings in each of the World Series contests he participated in.

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1974 Topps Johnny Bench

1974 Topps Johnny Bench

While shopping around on Ebay a week ago I ran into this card.  And surprisingly enough, the action was very light and I was able to scoop it up and bring it home for all under $5.

A true steal in my mind!!!

The card is nice;  I especially enjoy the photo!!  I am fairly certain that it is good old Wrigley Field in the background too…

‘Same Card, Different Paths’ – Card #34

‘Same Card, Different Paths’ – Card #34

1974 Topps – Card #600 – AKA – ‘The Bill Madlock Rookie Card’

Ron Cash – A utility player, Ron Cash’s major league career lasted just 2 seasons.  And while spending time at first base, third base, and in the outfield, Cash was never able to solidify his status as an everyday player.  Having competed in just 34 games, Cash compiled a solid .297 batting average alongside 30 hits, 11 RBI, and 14 runs scored.

Jim Cox – A second baseman with a solid glove, Cox played 4 seasons in the big leagues.  Appearing in 110 games and collecting 307 at-bats, Cox managed to collect just 66 hits, 3 home runs, 3 RBI, while scoring 33 runs.  His low .215 batting average and inability to get on base at a consistent level is what led to his downfall.

Bill Madlock – One of the most consistent and undervalued hitters of the 1970’s and 1980’s, Bill Madlock was solid at the plate.  His lifetime batting average of .305 is impressive and it also includes six seasons of hitting .325 or more.  Madlock won 4 batting titles during his career and amassed 2,008 hits.  He was a 4-time All-star and finished in the Top 18 for the MVP six times.

Reggie Sanders – While playing in just the 1974 baseball season, Sanders’ career was a short one – just 24 games.  He had 105 plate appearances and managed 27 hits, 3 home runs, 10 RBI, and 20 strikeouts.  While playing first base in all 24 games, Sanders committed 3 errors and retired with a .987 fielding percentage.

1974 Topps Fergie Jenkins

1974 Topps Fergie Jenkins

I am relieved to scratch this Fergie Jenkins card off of my ‘Need’ list.  This little beauty(is not that beautiful) is easily the worst looking card of my Fergie Jenkins player collection.

I have no idea how or why Topps would choose to run this image as part of their 1974 issue.  This zoomed-in shot of a hat-less Fergie Jenkins is one of the worst close-up pictures I have seen used on a baseball card.

But it does open this up for a fun question.

Where was Fergie Jenkins when this picture was taken?

A.  On a boat

B.  On horseback

C.  In a convertible

D.  In the middle of a tornado 

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“31 in 31” – The 1970’s – Card #7

 “31 in 31” – The 1970’s – Card #7

Dave Winfield – 1974 Topps – #456

Dave Winfield is another prime example of a ‘5-tool player’.  With his amazing offensive and defensive skills, Winfield shined as a major leaguer for 22 seasons.  Winfield was a monster of a man.  Standing at 6 foot, 6 inches tall and weighing 220 pounds during his playing days, Winfield was physically imposing as he got in his batting stance.  And he wreaked havoc on opposing pitchers for more than 2 decades.  With a career batting average of .283, Winfield collected 3,110 hits during his career.  Add to that his impressive 465 home runs and 1,833 RBI, and you have an incredible power hitter.  But, the amazing thing about Winfield was his athletic ability.  Not too many guys his size were fast.  But Winfield was, and he proved it over and over again as he amassed 223 stolen bases during his career.  And in the field, he was brilliant!!  With his speed and an arm that launched baseballs like a cannon, Winfield was often recognized as one of the best arms in all of baseball.  Dave Winfield finished in the Top 12 for the MVP award 9 times.  He was a 12-time All-star, a 6-time Silver Slugger winner, and a 7-time Gold Glove winner. 

Dave Winfield played in 2 World Series contests – 1 in 1981 as a member of the New York Yankees, and 1 in 1992 with the Toronto Blue Jays.  Winfield ended up winning 1 championship ring in ’92 with the Blue Jays. 

Dave Winfield was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2001.

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