January 19, 2010

The Continuing Saga: 1971 Topps

I'm getting into the habit of claiming damn near every '71 card I highlight as "one of my favorites." I'll just come out and say it: I love this set and every card has something great about it.

Let's take this "common" card for example:

#92 Fred Wenz


Okay, first off we have this: Best. Signature. Ever. If only he had signed it with his nickname "Fireball." But what kind of nickname is "Fireball" for a catcher anyway? Well, that's another great part of this card as it tricks you into thinking Frank is a catcher by his pose when really he's a pitcher.

"Fireball" Fred Wenz can also proudly say he never lost a game in the majors. His career record of 3-0 over 22 games will forever be untarnished and I think that is just great.
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