Sunday, August 24, 2014

RANDOM QUICKIE: JIM BUNNING IN THE 1972 TOPP SET

Was looking through team cards of the 1970's and noticed that Hall of Fame pitcher Jim Bunning, a favorite topic of mine on this blog, appears on the 1972 Topps Philadelphia Phillies team card, even though his last player card was in the 1971 set.
Check out the card:


That's him in the back row, fourth player from the right, with the Phillie-red collar showing under his uniform.
I designed a "career-capper" 1972 card for him a while back and never thought to check this card to see if he was in the photo.
Glad I caught it this time around…

11 comments:

  1. That got me to thinking about 2 things related to team cards in the 70s: 1. I always wondered why the Cubs had individual circle pics of players on theirs instead of a traditional team photo? And 2. Why did Topps use the same team photo on the Reds' cards in '77 and '78 (they airbrushed the outfield wall for the latter to make it look like a different photo)?

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  2. Good questions. Wonder if they just did head shots and didn't bother with a group,photo. I forgot about that with the Reds team pix. Lazy I guess lol. Also Gio I always thought the Tram pictures from the 72 set were beautiful. Maybe it was the heading or the border but they really seemed to pop that year.

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  3. I began to wonder if the 1977 Reds didn't have a team photo taken for some reason but upon searching the web I quickly found one. I have no idea why Topps would go through the trouble of airbrushing the Riverfront home run wall on the 1976 photo to make their own "faux" 1977 team photo to use in the 1978 set. Makes no sense at all...

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  4. As this photo was taken in 1971, that was the first season for Veterans Stadium in Philadelphia.

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  5. Hey Gio. That's another subset idea. First team picture in new stadiums. I think the Reds 1971 photo is from Riverfront Stadium. Pirates, Braves and Cards probly opened in the 70's too. Plus new teams in Seattle, Toronto, Texas and Milwaukee.

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    1. Tony! You're the best! That IS a good idea! I'm already a month and a half ahead on my posts and creations, (no joke, I have my next 43 posts written and designed) and have at least TWO other sub-set designs/ideas I haven't even started yet! With guys like you helping me out with ideas I can keep this blog going so much longer than I ever expected! Ha! ;) THANKS!

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  6. My pleasure G. It's been fun reviewing and reliving those special days. There was nothing like saving up to buy a few packs and tearing them open to find a new card or a star. Checking your blog has been like that for me lately.

    There are over 7000 cards to review between 70 and 79. You've got a long way to go my friend. Lol.

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  7. BTW, any way to get in contact with you off-line?

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    2. Hey Tony! You can always email me at: john@slogun.com
      Best way to get a hold of me! I am AWFUL with the phone! ;) gotta be honest! Ha!

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