Here's another set of cards that Topps used the same image for: the 1972 and 1973 Mickey Rivers editions.
Check them out:
Interesting how Topps ever-so-slightly rotated the 1973 version while zooming out a touch to actually give it a bit of a different feel.
Nevertheless we're looking at the same image used twice in a row.
Always cracks me up considering Topps had no competition and could have done whatever they wanted.
Well, I guess THIS counts as doing whatever they wanted, right? Just not how I would have done it…
Man, "Mick the Quick" was a player I loved when I first got seriously into baseball in 1976 or so. He was that Yankee with the speed and flash that my six-year-old mind latched on to back then.
He put together a nice 15-year career that saw him lead the league in stolen bases once and triples twice, while topping 200 hits in 1980 with the Rangers when he hit .333.
He even managed to retire from the game hitting .300 his final year in the big leagues, playing for Texas in 1984.
He'd finish with a .295 batting average with 1660 hits and 267 stolen bases, as well as those two World Championships in the Bronx in 1977 and 1978.