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This Cheapskate’s Vintage Frank Howard Collection


6’7″, 255 lb. Frank Howard was the Aaron Judge of the 1960’s and early 1970’s.  Although he only got 1.4% of the Hall Of Fame voting in 1979, he makes a strong case for the “Hall Of The Very Good”.  Frank was the 1960 N.L. Rookie Of The Year, a four-time All-Star, had 382 homers and 1,116 RBI over his career.

Oh, before I should go any further… This is another in a series of posts to highlight the lovely vintage cards acquired over the years by a self-described cheapskate.

Although I had heard of Frank Howard when I was a kid, I don’t think I really grasped how big he is until he coached for and managed the Mets (The card below is from a 1995 Kahn’s set which was given away at Shea that year… One of these days I’ll do some posts on these sets).

Without even realizing it, I’ve accumuilated the foundation of a decent Frank Howard player collection.  His cards are largely affordable with only a couple of high #’s involved.

Holy 2017 Topps, Batman!  Frank Howard’s second card from 1961 card is missing the “All-Star Rookie” trophy which should be on it.

In preppinng this post, I almost forgot to include one of my favorite cards from 1964 Topps… Anything which involves “Sealing Yanks’ doom” is OK in my book.

In the photo, Hondo is hitting a solo home run off of Whitey Ford to put the Dodgers up 1-0;  they’d win the game 2-1 and sweep the Yankees.

This same photo is used on the back of the 1964 Topps Giants card, which discusses the same homer.

After the 1964 season, Frank Howard was traded to the Senators where he’d become that franchise’s biggest star player.  He would stay with the Senators for the rest of that team’s time in Washington.

Howard hit a career high 48 homers in 1969… Unfortunately Harmon Killebrew hit 49 that same year.

In 1970, Howard lead the league with 44 homers, 126 RBI and 132 walks… but Topps didn’t have League Leader cards for walks.

He moved with the Senators to Texas, but his numbers tailed off significantly.

He spent the end of 1972 and all of 1973 with the Tigers, and with that his MLB career was over.  Although he’s listed as a first baseman, the majority of his 85 games in 1973 came as a DH.

He signed to play in Japan for 1974, but he hurt his back in his first and only game there and retired after that.