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.