Saturday, January 30, 2016


Here’s another one of those great in-game action cards from the 1971 Topps set: Joe Rudi:

What has always mystified me was that the 1971 set is chock-full of great action cards, yet the following year when Topps decided to run the “In-Action” sub-set we were left with some terrible photo choices.
Anyone know what was going on?
If you were to take some of the 1971 cards like Rudi, Thurman Munson, Lindy McDaniel, etc, you could have one kick-ass “In-Action” sub-set!
Anyway, as we all know Joe Rudi was on the cusp of a great run in Oakland, winning three consecutive World Championships between 1972 and 1974, getting named to three all-star teams, winning three Gold Gloves, and finishing second in Most Valuable Player voting twice, in 1972 and 1974.
As one of the early big name Free Agents, he moved on to the California Angels in 1977 where he’d spend four seasons before playing out his career with a year in Boston in 1981 and back to his original team, Oakland in his final year in 1982.
All told he’d hit .264 for his career, with 179 homers and 810 runs batted in over 1547 games.


  1. Have Always Loved that Joe Rudi Card. The 1971 Topps were Awesome. Never See Cards Like that again.

  2. The 1971 Topps action shots were the most visually exciting and unique in-game photos in Topps long history. It seemed like a number of them where taken from the stands which gave them a interesting angle...almost like it was from the fans perspective. I am not sure if that was intentional or not.

    Also was this the first year that Topps used action photos for players cards and not just highlight cards? I don't really remember any before that year.



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