I just had to create a 1970 “special” card when I came across this image of the 1969 American League starting line-up for the All-Star game, which was held in Washington D.C.:
How fitting that the towering player smack in the middle of the Junior
Circuit’s squad is the Senators’ slugging star Frank Howard, aka
“Hondo”, surrounded by guys like Rico Petrocelli, Sal Bando, Bill
Freehan, Boog Powell, Frank Robinson, Reggie Jackson and Rod Carew.
I’ll take that line-up any day of the week!
Completing the line-up was starter Mel Stottlemyre of the New York
Yankees, though sadly for them they would fall to the National League
9-3 thanks in large part to Willie McCovey’s two home runs and Johnny
Bench adding one of his own, accounting for five RBIs between them.
Nevertheless, I hope you enjoy these “specials”, as I love creating
them, wishing Topps did the same through the 1970’s giving their sets a
little extra character.