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1975 Topps Set Card 317/660 – #208 – 1970 Most Valuable Players

1975 Topps Set Card 317/660 – #208 – 1970 Most Valuable Players

Progress: 317/660

Player Name:  Boog Powell, Johnny Bench

Card Number:  208

Team:  Baltimore Orioles, Cincinnati Reds

Image Style: reprint baseball cards

How they got there:

Boog Powell hit .297 during the 1970 baseball season.  He connected for 156 hits that year including 28 doubles and 35 home runs.  Boog drove in 114 runs for the Orioles during the year while also scoring 82 times.

Johnny Bench hit .293 for the Reds in 1970.  He collected 177 hits in 158 games including 35 doubles and a league-leading 45 home runs.  Bench also paced the NL in RBI with 148 while scoring 98 runs.  He also won the Gold Glove in the NL for catchers.

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Did You Know…

Johnny Bench is the all-time home run hitter in Cincinnati Reds team history.  Bench connected for 389 career home runs during his Hall of Fame career, all coming as a member of the Reds.

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1980 HEADLINE: Johnny Bench Becomes All-Time Home Run Leader For Catchers!!

1980 HEADLINE: Johnny Bench Becomes All-Time Home Run Leader For Catchers!!

On this day in 1980, Johnny Bench became the all-time leader in home runs hit by a catcher.

At home, and in front of a relatively small crowd of just over 21,000 fans, Bench’s Reds team was taking on the Montreal Expos. Batting in the 6th spot in the lineup, Bench launched his historic home run in the bottom of the 5th inning off Expos’ hurler David Palmer. A solo-shot, Bench’s home run helped the Reds win the ballgame 11-7.

Johnny Bench connected for 389 home runs during his career. Currently he sits in second place on the all-time list for catchers, behind Mike Piazza.

Happy Anniversary Mr. Bench!!!

Johnny Bench 2014 Topps Archives – FAIL

Johnny Bench 2014 Topps Archives

Jeez, talk about cropping a shot closely, huh?!?!

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I am all for the heroes of prior baseball generations being included in modern sets – hell, that is one of the main reasons that I enjoy collecting today’s products.

But, I have to assume that by now Topps has hundreds of images of Johnny Bench at its disposal.  Choosing this one was simply a bad choice.

I’m happy to have another card of Mr. Bench in my collection.  But, I would certainly pick another one over this one if I could…

1975 Topps Set Card 117/660 – #656 – Bill Plummer, Reds

1975 Topps Set Card 117/660 – #656 – Bill Plummer, Reds

Progress: 117/660

Player Name:  Bill Plummer

Team:  Cincinnati Reds

Position:  Catcher

Image Style:  Posed Batting

Years In The Major Leagues:  10 seasons, 1968, 1970-78

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Bill Plummer played in 65 games for the Reds in 1975.  He was primarily used as back-up catcher to Johnny Bench and as a pinch-hitter.  In 159 at-bats, Plummer collected just 29 hits – good for a .189 batting average.  Of his 29 hits, he connected for 7 doubles, 1 home run, and 22 singles.

Notes From Career:   Noted as a defensive specialist, Plummer was a great back-up player.  His solid play behind the plate kept him employed as a major league player for 10 seasons.  Offensively, Plummer struggled.  A career .188 hitter, he never had more than 38 hits in a season.  Bill Plummer was on the Reds’ roster for both the 1975 and 1976 World Series contests.  He did not see any playing time in either.

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Johnny Bench 2014 Topps Gypsy Queen – Base

Johnny Bench 2014 Topps Gypsy Queen – Base

One of the things that I like most about the Gypsy Queen brand of baseball cards is that Topps usually does a better job of using new images – for both older and modern players.

Now, this is not foolproof, as there has certainly been some repetition of image use.  But, I don’t find it anywhere near as much as with other Topps issues.

So, when I see a player’s name on the checklist like Johnny Bench, I get excited about the possible new image we will discover of the Hall of Famer.

I bought this card ‘on the blind’ as I had yet to see one on Ebay.  I paid just $0.18 for it – and I am very happy with that decision.

Have a look:

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Very, very nice.

2014 Topps Series 1 “Topps All Rookie Cup Team” – Johnny Bench

2014 Topps Series 1 “Topps All Rookie Cup Team” – Johnny Bench

Topps’ All-Rookie Team means a lot of different things to a lot of different collectors.  But, one thing is for certain – If your card is tagged with the All-Rookie Team logo, you did something during your first season in the big leagues to make yourself stand out from the rest.

And for that reason alone, I can totally support a set of cards that picks ‘The Best Of The Best’ from these teams.

In 2014, Topps issued a subset in their Series 1 release that took one player at each position, naming them to the ‘Topps All Rookie Cup Team’.

Representing the catcher is Johnny Bench:

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While he debuted in 1967, Johnny Bench truly burst on to the scene in 1968.  At just 20-years old, Bench anchored the Reds defense by playing in 154 games.  His skill was immediate – he won the Gold Glove award during his first full-time season.  He as also an All-Star with his .275 batting average, 40 doubles, 15 home runs, and 82 RBI.

Bench won the 1968 NL Rookie Of The Year Award as he captured 10.5 of the 20.0 votes cast.

The Evolution Of My Collection – Part 16

The Evolution Of My Collection – Part 16

It has been a long time since I did one of these ‘Evolution’ posts, so I thought it would be a good time to get back and take a peek at my full collection with one single, solitary picture.

The growth of my collection over the last few months has stalled a bit as I have focused more time, energy, and funds into my modern player collections and the start of my 1975 Topps set build.

Still, while the growth in terms of size is not what it has been in the past, the growth of these player collections has been phenomenally fun!!

Between my Dustin Pedroia, Andrew McCutchen, Jose Fernandez, Bryce Harper and Giancarlo Stanton collections, each has grown by leaps and bounds.  And while I never thought that I would truly get ‘into’ collecting modern players, I am happy about how rewarding this has been thus far.  And I look forward to seeing how much I can grow each of them in the coming collecting year.

Also, as you can see in the below picture, the three albums that I have dedicated to my Marlins teams sets have filled up nicely.  I don’t yet need to expand to a fourth album, but that may be my reality by the end of 2014.

Lastly, you will also see the binder I am using for my 1975 Topps set build in the lower right corner of the picture.  I have all of the pages pre-loaded, and I am trying to keep it as organized as possible so as I add new cards to my set, I can quickly drop them into the spots reserved for them.

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Next time around I will not wait this long to show of the full collection.  It has been too long and I truly enjoy keeping this process rolling as it is a nice way to celebrate the growth and progress of ’30-YOC’.

Oh, and someday soon I see my ‘Ultimate Dawson’ expanding to a fourth box…

Thanks for reading.  Have a nice night.

Johnny Bench 2013 Topps – 1972 mini

Johnny Bench 2013 Topps  – 1972 mini

WHAT AN IMAGE!!!

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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.

1989 Headline: Johnny Bench & Carl Yastrzemski Voted Into National Baseball Hall Of Fame

1989 Headline: Johnny Bench & Carl Yastrzemski Voted Into National Baseball Hall Of Fame

On this day in 1989 both Johnny Bench and Carl Yastrzemski were voted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

Ironically, both players spend their entire big league careers playing for just one team.

Johnny Bench was a Rookie of the Year winner, multiple time All-Star, multiple time Gold Glove winner, 2-time MVP, and 2-time World Series Champion, Bench did it all during his remarkable 17-season major league career.

Carl Yastrzemski put up some unreal stats – The stats : 3,419 hits, 452 home runs, 1,844 RBI, 1,816 runs scored, 168 stolen bases, and a career batting average of .285.  In Yaz’s 23-year career, he finished in the Top 20 for the MVP award 12 times, while earning the award in 1967 with his .326/44/121 performance.

Congratulations Gentlemen!!!