So what am I celebrating?
First off, I’m celebrating the recent announcement by the Chachi Set Planning Committee over at The Phillies Room that the 1970 Topps design would be used in 2016 for their world-famous custom card set. Sure, I voted for 1978, but I didn’t expect that to win (and it didn’t come close), but 1970 was a surprise runaway winner in the voting, getting more votes than the other three candidates combined.
The other thing I’m celebrating? The fact that I have an obvious and easy topic for today’s post. I’ve got plenty of other ideas, but I never quite have time to write them, research them, design them, etc. etc. Posts that have the theme of “Hey, look! A bunch of cards!” are much easier to do.
Gotta kick things off with a Met, right? …And I’ve always liked this Ed Kranepool card.
It’s Harmon Killebrew by a bat rack. What’s not to like?
One of the iconic cards of 1970, Lowell Palmer and his shades.
There’s something in particular I want to point out about this card… Hint, look at the stirrups…
Yes, the White Sox wore white socks… well, white stirrups. Close enough for government work. I thought that was the coolest thing in my younger days. Now, it looks odd to have white stirrups and blue sanitaries, but it’s still cool.
The other notable thing about the Morales card – it’s a 1st Series card that does not have the little white bar between the player’s name and position. That little difference escaped me for most of the past 40 years, and I’m not sure how I’d never noticed it.
I guess Tony Perez is following through on his fake swing, but it looks kind of awkward. It looks more like he’s chasing something or someone with that bat.
This is a card I just like, and I only recently discovered his last name is pronounced “DEE-dee-eh”, and not the “Dih-dye-er” I called him as a kid.
Didier played only 13 games in 1972, and he still made it on a 1973 card (helped along by the fact that it’s an awesome action shot involving Cleon Jones sliding home). In 1973, he appeared in only 7 games as a Tiger, and he still got into 1974 Topps. Maybe someone in Didier’s family worked for Topps.
The next two cards have something noteworthy about them that I only just noticed the other day…
Almost all of the cards in 1970 Topps have the team name in black, white, red, blue or yellow… and yet these two have the team name in green! And it’s not even the same shade of green! That blew my mind just a tiny little bit. Does anybody know of any other 1970 Topps baseball with green?
While whipping up this post I went to see how many cards I have from this set, and I was a little surprised to find out that I have nearly 500 cards. I started to think that maybe I should make a run at a complete set… Until I looked at some of the key cards from the set and I realized that I still need Nolan Ryan and Willie Mays and Roberto Clemente and Thurman Munson and Frank Robinson and Johnny Bench and………
……..And that’s pretty much where I said “Yeah, maybe sometime down the road” and went back to organizing my 1990’s cards.