Monday, May 12, 2014

"HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE 1970'S" #9: 3000 HITS FOR BOTH MAYS AND AARON IN 1970

So HOW did Topps fail to celebrate the fact that TWO of the greatest players in baseball history collected their 3000th hit during the same season by not honoring them with a card in the following year's set?!
Both Hank Aaron and Willie Mays notched their 3000th career hit during the 1970 season, Aaron on May 17th and Mays on July 18th.
I know there weren't any "special" cards like this in the 1971 set, but come on!
Talk about something worth having slapped onto a card!
So let me take this moment to upload my design for a 1971 "highlight" card celebrating "Hammerin' Hank" Aaron  & "Say Hey" Willie Mays on their 3000th knock.
Take a look:

"Hammerin' Hank" & the "Say Hey Kid"

Love the photo I came across with both of them beaming in front of the camera!
Aaron would finish with 3,771 hits, at the time the second most all-time (behind Ty Cobb), while Mays would finish with 3,283, good for seventh all-time at the time of his retirement.
Hope you're all enjoying these "highlight" cards of the 1970's, 'cause I sure am having fun designing them!
Many more to come in the near future.

4 comments:

  1. Totally awesome card! Great concept, great job.

    The pic: All Star Game?

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    1. I'm not 100% sure actually. However I'm almost positive it is.
      It does look like Riverfront Stadium in the background.

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  2. Yes it is probably the 1970 All-Star Game. Riverfront Stadium was approximately 2 weeks old at the time.

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