Friday, May 16, 2014

"HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE 1970'S" #10: 500 HOME RUNS FOR KILLEBREW AND ROBINSON IN 1971

Here's another "highlight" card that would have been nice to have seen in a Topps set, this time in the fabulous 1972 offering: a card celebrating the 500th home runs of both Harmon Killebrew and Frank Robinson.
Take a look:


The future Hall of Famers reached the milestone almost a month apart during the 1971 season, with Killebrew getting there first on August 10th, and Robinson joining him on September 13th.
The pair would eventually end up with 1159 home runs between them! Killebrew smashed 573 lifetime homers while Robinson topped him with 586.
The superstars were definitely at the tail ends of their careers at this point, but still had a couple good years ahead of them, while Robinson would also go on to make additional history as the first African-American Major League manager in history when he was named skipper of the Cleveland Indians in 1975.
I was lucky to find this nice picture of them from the 1971 all-star game I believe, making it the perfect shot for this card.
I added a tonal quality to it to "blend" with the border design a bit, but I think it made for a nice creation.
Hope you all agree.

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