Friday, August 8, 2014


Now here's a card that would have been nice to pull out of a pack! (Even though I am admittedly NOT a fan of the "multi-player" rookie cards).
Like I previously did with the 1978 dream rookie card with Ozzie Smith, Paul Molitor, Lou Whitaker and Alan Trammell, I couldn't resist designing a 1974 "Rookie Infielders" card with Robin Yount and George Brett.
Take a look:

Now it wasn't beyond the realm of possibility to have the two future Hall of Famers appear on one of those multi-player rookie cards in the '74 set.
But I DO understand why Topps didn't give them a look at the time.
I took an already existing card (#604) and replaced Terry Hughes and John Knox (sorry guys!) with Brett and Yount.
Teamed up with two other future solid major leaguers in Andre Thornton and Frank White, and this card would have been a killer at the card shows of the late 1980's when the rookie-card explosion happened.
Thankfully, because of the wonderful world of Photoshop, we can all go ahead and "fix" these so many years later.


  1. When Andre Thornton is the "weak link" of the four, you know you have something special.

  2. Giovanni...great blog. I've been following it everyday for about four months. I absolutely love it. I lived and died Topps baseball cards in the 1970's. This is so cool. I wish we could work together on this, lol.

    I've got a few ideas for threads if you haven't done them already. One is to do a series of traded cards for the years when there weren't traded cards. The one that comes to mind is in 1977 when Tom Seaver came to the Reds in June of that year. The other is a series of rookie cards similar to the 1980's versions but of guys that came up during a particular year like Mark Fidrych in 1976 or were on a multi-player cards like Mike Schmidt, Ken Griffey Sr. or Paul Molitor.

    I always liked manager cards too. So maybe individual manager cards for the years when they used to put the headshots in the bottom corner of the team picture cards.

    Keep up the good work!

    1. Hey Tony...thanks for the kind words regarding my blog. I'm having waaay too much fun doing this, and I can't believe it took me so long to start it!
      Funny, my cousin, who is a few years older than me, is the person who got me obsessed with card collecting in the mid-70's, and HIS name is Tony.
      Just an FYI: I did in fact do a series of cards called "Dedicated Rookie Cards" for all future Hall of Famers who had a multi-player rookie card during the 1970's. You can see this thread if you click the "Dedicated Rookies" link on the side here. But you know, I may have to expand that thread and design cards of non-Hall of Fame players like Griffey Sr, Dale Murphy, Thurman Munson, etc.
      So watch for that in the future! Thanks!
      And I LOVE the "Traded" idea! I think I'll have to tackle that one as well!
      All the best to you, and thanks for the ideas!

  3. No problem. You do a great job with it. Im sure if we had grown up in the same neighborhood we would have driven the rest of the kids nuts.

    I am a few years older than you and my earliest memory is of the 1970 set. For some reason the simplicity of it caught my eye. A family friend returned to Italy the next year and gave me all his 1971 cards which are one of my favorites. I enjoy the 1972 set like you do as well. The In Action Cards were the best. Two cards of the same guy...what a deal.

    Got mad at Topps in 1975 as they raised the price per pack but came right back in 1976 since my Reds were featured prominently in that set. Fell off in 1977 and 1978 because of beer can collecting but returned strong from 1979 to 1981.

    1. Ha! I'm sure we would have! I was absolutely obsessed with cards, no matter what else I was up to. My poor dad could never understand it, even though he'd drive me to card shows back in the early '80's. He was amazed at what he saw at the shows, would just shake his head and say in Sicilian, "Beautiful America. Only here." (but with a sarcastic tone).
      We still joke about it today...

  4. Please explore the Fred Lynn Rookie card "ultra" airbrush of his torso and give him his own card in 1975.. And maybe take a look at the mid-to-late 70's World Series Cards or lack there of and give those series a proper do-over. I was very disappointed that the 1975 World Series was reduced to one lousy card in the 1976 set after being considered one of the greatest ever. What were they thinking, lol.



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