Here's another one of those cards that stuck with me all these years for it's "awesomeness", the 1975 Topps Luis Tiant card.
Man, just perfect!
You can almost see the swagger on "El Tiante's" face as he was enjoying a rebirth in his career, posting three 20-win seasons in four years (with 18 wins during the lone miss) while pitching for the Red Sox in the mid-70's.
Man, the colors, the image, it's all there!
We've talked about it somewhat over the past few months how those slightly out-of-focus images back then have more of a mystique about them than today's uber-crisp, high resolution digital shots.
I can't really say what it is about it, perhaps just something as simple as childhood memories, but they just carry so much more weight for me.
Great card of one of the funnier characters of the game during the wild 70's!
If not for a bit of a derailment with his career between 1969 and 1971, we'd be talking about a Hall of Fame member.
Nevertheless, 229 wins, 2416 K's, a 3.30 ERA and 49 shutouts is certainly nothing to gloss over…
Love this card!