June 14, 2011

The Continuing Saga: 1971 Topps

The unstoppable march toward completion of my 1971 Topps set continues.  I'm now have 649 cards of the 752 card set.  That puts me at slightly above 86% complete.  Here are my latest pickups which are mainly just commons and semi-stars that I was looking for.

Woodie Fryman was a two-time all-star and is a member of the Montreal Expos Hall of Fame.

#414 Woodie Fryman
Jim Hart [or Jim Ray Hart to Giants fans] had five outstanding seasons with the Giants averaging 28 home runs, 89 RBIs, and hitting .285 between 1964-1968.  He continued to play through the 1974 season.

#461 Jim Hart

Tom Kelley pitched for the Indians from '64-'67 and the Braves from '71-'73 with a three year break in the minors in between.

#463 Tom Kelley

Steve Huntz played the middle infield for the Cardinals, White Sox, and Padres in the late 60's and early 70's.

#486 Steve Huntz

The 1970 Yankees and their 93-69 record were 13 games better than they were in 1969 but still they were nowhere near making the playoffs.  They were still 15 games behind the Orioles who were an amazing 108-54.

#543 Yankees Team Records

Bill Hands best season was for the Cubs in 1969 when he was 20-14 with a 2.49 ERA.

#670 Bill Hands

I love highlighting these cards individually as you learn so much more about the players than if I'd just posted a scan of the cards.  Take for example the interesting side-note I found about Moe Drabowsky, who is one of only four players who played with both the Kansas City Athletics and the Kansas City Royals.  Someday I plan to do a 1971 Topps blog like Night Owl does for the 1975 set.  

#685 Moe Drabowsky

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