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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.

Bench photo

1975 Topps Set Card 266/660 – #47 – Tommy John, Dodgers

1975 Topps Set Card 266/660 – #47 – Tommy John, Dodgers

Progress: 266/660

Card Number:  47

Player Name:  Tommy John

Team:  Los Angeles Dodgers

Position:  Pitcher

Image Style:  Posed Portrait

Years In The Major Leagues:  26 seasons, 1963-74, 1976-89

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Tommy John did not play during the 1975 baseball season.

Notes From Career:  Tommy John capped his amazing 26-season major league career with a record of 288-231.  John was a 4-time All-Star pitcher who played for six different teams during his career.  He has a career ERA of 3.34 in 4,710 innings of work.  John struck out 2,245 batters in that time while allowing 4,783 hits and 2,017 runs to score.  He played in three World Series match-up during his career, coming up short in each.

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Did You Know…

No member of the Twins earned more Gold Glove Awards than pitcher Jim Kaat, who won 11 of them while a member of the Twins franchise.

jim kaat gold glove

1975 Topps Set Card 262/660 – #280 – Carl Yastrzemski, Red Sox

1975 Topps Set Card 262/660 – #280 – Carl Yastrzemski, Red Sox

Progress: 262/660

Card Number:  280

Player Name:  Carl Yastrzemski

Team:  Boston Red Sox

Position:  Outfield, 1st Base

Image Style:  Posed Hitting

Years In The Major Leagues:  23 seasons, 1961-83

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Carl Yastrzemski played in 149 games for the Red Sox in 1975.  He hit .269 on the year with 146 hits in 543 at-bats.  Of his 146 hits, Yaz connected for 30 doubles and 14 home runs while scoring 91 runs and driving in 60.  Yaz was chosen as an All-Star in 1975 and he finished in 30th place for the AL MVP Award.

Notes From Career:  Yaz is one of the greatest stars from his era.  His numbers are on par with the sport’s greats – 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.

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Happy Birthday Carl Yastzemski!!

Happy Birthday Carl Yastzemski!!

‘Yaz’ turns 75 years old today!!

Best known as ‘Yaz’, Carl Yastrzemski personified what being a consistent leader was all about.  ‘Yaz’ spent every minute of his 23-season long career in a Boston Red Sox jersey.

Along with the droves of fans he established during his career, ‘Yaz’ put up some amazing numbers too.

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.

Happy Birthday ‘Yaz’!!!

Let The Battle Rage On: 1983 Topps Super Veterans VS 2014 Topps Super Veterans. Who Will Win???

Let The Battle Rage On:  1983 Topps Super Veterans VS 2014 Topps Super Veterans.  Who Will Win???

As a kid collecting baseball cards, I used the 1983 Topps Super Veterans subset as a tool to learn about the ‘older’ players in the game.  The set was large and it featured images from the beginning of each player’s career and then images that were current (1982-83).

When I got back into collecting in 2008, this same subset was the first one I went after.  I had built it 20+ years prior, but I wanted to re-live my youth by doing it again.  So, I did.  And it re-kindled my enjoyment for vintage baseball cards and the players that helped shape the history of the game.

Upon completion of that subset, and learning that Topps had begun recycling older designs in their modern releases, I kept my fingers crossed that ‘Super Veterans’ would eventually be re-done.

And when 2014 Topps, Series 1 hit the shelves, a 15-card subset of ‘Super Veterans’ was included.  I was ecstatic.  And I quickly made this a target for my collection.  And after a few days of shopping around, I scored the complete 15-card set and began showing it off on this blog as I did with the 1983 set back in 2009.

So, here they are.  First the 1983 version:

SUP VET 83 A SUP VET 83 B SUP VET 83 C SUP VET 83 D SUP VET 83 E

And now, the 2014 set:

SUP VET 2014 A SUP VET 2014 B SUP VET 2014 C SUP VET 2014 D SUP VET 2014 E

And now for my review and comparison.

  • The edge goes to ’83 as it relates to size – 35 to 15
  • The edge goes to ’14 as it relates to % of future Hall of Fame inclusions:  14/35 players versus a likely 7/15 ( I did not count Peter Rose, though I want to)
  • There is a tie in regards to how the images of yore are shown – Sepia tones in both ’83 and ’14
  • The edge goes to ’83 as it relates to ‘Star Power’

Overall, I of course like both sets. I wish that the 2014 version included more players on the checklist or at least was continued into the Series 2 release.  I don’t find that the 2014 version has the same star power that the set from ’83 offers even though it features Jeter, Rivera, and Cabrera – I just don’t think that Topps truly dug in deep enough to really get behind this set.  It feels like it was put together as a way to add Pettitte and Rivera cards into yet another subset.  If they had truly shown us the longest tenured players in the majors, we would have had a more apples-to-apples comparison.  The set is called ‘Super Veterans’ for a reason; it is not called ‘Best Older Players In The Game’.  At the very least, and to be more consistent with the original subset, this one should have included Jason Giambi, Ichiro, Paul Konerko, Raul Ibanez, LaTroy Hawkins, and Bartolo Colon.  If Topps had taken this step, it would definitely be more true to what ‘Super Veterans’ offered in 1983.

Still, no complaints from my side.  I’m thrilled to have both sets in my collection.  I’m just thirsty for more!