Being that the 1974 set offered some nice horizontal designs for certain players, I thought one for Mays would have been a great "last card" had Topps honored super stars this way after they retired from the game.
Mays capped off a tremendous career following the 1973 season, finishing up with the Mets in which he got to appear in his first World Series since 1962.
As a matter of fact, Mays actually did appear in the 1974 set, on card #473 which highlighted Game #2 of the series where the Mets won 10-7.
Anyway, not much to get into about arguably the best all-around player in baseball history. 3000+ hits, 660 homers, 1900+ R.B.I.'s., 1951 Rookie of the Year and N.L. M.V.P. in 1954 and 1965. But he was much more than just stats. He was the "Sey Hey Kid".
By the time the 1970's hit, he was a walking legend of the sport, and being enshrined in the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1979 was the cherry on top of it all.
I found a great picture of Mays during his last campaign, which was perfect for the horizontal design.
Check it out and let me know what you think...
|One last hurrah for the "Sey Hey Kid".|