Tuesday, March 8, 2016

A 1977 FANTASY CARD: THE COGS OF THE "BIG RED MACHINE"

Allow me to indulge in a fantasy card for the 1977 Topps set: a card commemorating the Cincinnati Reds’ MVP dominance during the 1970’s:


I came across this nice photo of Joe Morgan, Johnny Bench and Pete Rose and immediately thought of creating the card above.
I wish George Foster was also in the shot considering he’d also win an MVP that very season, giving the Reds SIX MVP’s in eight seasons, but this will do for now.
The trio shown on the card here would take home five of those awards, with Bench winning in 1970 and 1972, Rose in 1973 and Morgan in 1975 and 1976.
What an incredible run they had, helping them to four World Series appearances and two championships in 1975 and 1976.

8 comments:

  1. Awesome card. I have seen that photo before but it really pops with the 77 border and color scheme for the Reds.

    Is there are 50+ home run Highlight card for George Foster in the works?

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    1. Already covered my friend!!
      http://whentoppshadballs.blogspot.com/2014/05/highlights-from-1970s-8-george-foster.html

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    2. Of course! I think that is right before I started following on a daily basis. That card looks great also. Nice fit for the 78 set

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  2. Great card...sums up the 70's dominance of the Reds!

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  3. Beautiful! Who doesn't admire that team?

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  4. Great card!!! And if George Foster would have been in that picture, you could have used it in your 1978 set as he was the '77 MVP.

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  5. This would've been a hot card back in the '80s when I started collecting, if it were real. It's way cooler than the following: '81 Fleer Stickers Triple Threat (Rose, Schmidt, Bowa), '82 Fleer Pete and Re-Pete (Rose & Rose, Jr.), or the '82 Donruss Phillies Finest (Rose & Schmidt).

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  6. Your next MVP's card should be of Fred Lynn (1975) and Jim Rice and (1978)!

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