Tuesday, October 21, 2014

DEDICATED "ROOKIE CARDS" #9: 1975 FRED LYNN

Today's "dedicated rookie card" is a 1975 Topps creation for Boston Red Sox breakout star Fred Lynnn, who exploded onto the baseball scene that year on his way to becoming the first player to ever win Rookie of the Year and Most Valuable Player in the same season.
Take a look:


Lynn absolutely smoked the ball that year, hitting a robust .331 with 47 doubles, 21 homers and 105 runs batted in to go along with 103 runs scored and 175 hits.
He even had seven triples and 10 stolen bases thrown in, as well as a Gold Glove to add to his 1975 award haul!
His actual 1975 card was an airbrushed multi-player rookie specimen that I have been vocal about hating, so I always wanted to create a card for him in that awesome techni-color set.
Came across this nice picture of him to use so I thought now was as good a time as any…

9 comments:

  1. I love it Gio! Now, if you could only place Mr Lynn in his dark blue cap of the 1974 season in this Topps format, you know, that's when he was first brought up and hit a cool .419 across 15 games.... That would reeeally be something! ;)

    Great card....

    JR

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  2. I remember his rookie year well It was great to watch. Love the card

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  3. Another great card. Love the border color scheme. I always thought it was funny how topps used random borders regardless of the team. Some looked great and others looked like crap depending on the particular team or player shot. And his rookie card picture has to rank up there with some of the worst pictures that topss ever put out there. Thanks for fixing that mess. lol..

    I hated Freddie Lynn while growing up as a Reds fan but came to appreciate his hustle, great defense and inspired play. A truly underrated player in his time. Leaving Boston for Anaheim and SD probably did nothing for his career numbers or career perspective but he certainly is a guy I would have wanted on my team anytime while he played.

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    1. I agree Tony! I always wonder what his career would/could have been like had he stayed in Boston.
      Still a solid all-star! I think I still have the 1983 all-star game (where he hit the grand slam off Atlee Hammaker) on VHS tape at my folks house in Brooklyn! Ha!

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  4. Definitely better than the ones Topps designed for their own retro cards.

    http://thumbs2.ebaystatic.com/d/l225/m/mvhbl5zHs_MHUFkV7FyGBJg.jpg
    http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41jIvQ3QemL.jpg

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    1. Sometimes its like they didn't even try. The first one (and his real rookie card) look like a passing cloud wandered into the picture. I can only assume they were trying to airbrush his uniform out (for some reason) when compared to the second card (Kmart card). I'd love to see the original slide for that picture.

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  5. I looked up his stats. Pretty impressive. There was a string of seven years in the 80's where he hit 20 or more homers. Just shy of 2000 hits (1960) and hit over 300 homers (306) and a .286 BA. I few more good seasons, a little more late-career exposure and he might have been a Hall-of-Famer.
    http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/l/lynnfr01.shtml?redir

    It looks like he had better numbers than AL MVP Don Baylor in 1979. Lynn and Rice had nearly identical numbers and Lynn lead the league in batting, OBP, slugging and OPS that year. Baylor probably got the nod since the Angels made the playoffs that year.
    http://www.baseball-reference.com/awards/awards_1979.shtml#ALmvp

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    1. That 1979 season was interesting because you had five SOLID MVP guys that got "shafted" because of the season Don Baylor had. Jim Rice, Fred Lynn, Darrell Porter, Ken Singleton and George Brett had incredible years!

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  6. Probably could have made the HOF if he hadn't been so rough on his body playing the outfield - too many times of running into walls takes its toll. Great player though.

    Love the card!! :)

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