Tuesday, May 28, 2024


Hello everyone!
On the blog today, my special insert card for my "Series 16" set, a redo of the never-released Topps 1971 Rookie All-Stars card of Thurman Munson:

Profiled here on the blog a while back, Topps had a prototype set made of the 1970 Rookie All-Stars, with Munson as the key player.
It was just a paste-up 5x7 set on card-stock that never ended up getting released, but that set did make it out there into the collecting world, thus creating the "unicorn" status for uber-collectors.
I wanted to create something special as far as an insert for my Series 16 set, so I just recreated the Munson card with the original template, with a new image of the future Yankees captain.
I guess you can say the future Yankee dynasty of the late 1970's started right here with this guy when he came up and won the American League Rookie of the Year in 1970.
Soon after he was joined by the likes of Graig Nettles, Sparky Lyle, Ron Guidry and Willie Randolph, on their way to back-to-back titles as well as an American League pennant in 1976.
Not only did he take home the Rookie of the Year in 1970, but he'd go on to win the Most Valuable Player award six years later, to go along with seven all-star berths as well as three Gold Gloves.
For three consecutive seasons he drove in 100+ runs with LESS than 20 homers, topping out at 18 in 1977, while hitting over .300 each and every time.
I particularly love his M.V.P. year, where he had 665 plate appearances yet only struck out 38 times while collecting 186 hits over 616 at-bats. Pretty amazing stuff. He even stole 14 bases as well!
What an age for catchers huh? You had Munson, Carlton Fisk, Gary Carter, Johnny Bench and Ted Simmons all putting in all-star seasons after all-star seasons.
Sadly we all know how Munson's story played out. I remember that day like it was yesterday and will never forget it.



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