Card fact: For the third straight year, Hank Aaron appeared on the first card of the Topps set. Aaron would do it again in the 1976 set, and is the only player to appear on the first card four straight years for Topps.
What I thought about this card then: As a 9-year-old, I had a vague idea of who Hank Aaron was. He was only the biggest sports star of the time. And I knew he held the all-time home run mark. But that was about it. I never had this card as a kid and neither did any of my brothers. But I do remember seeing it somewhere. One of my friends must have had it.
What I think about this card now: Well, the first thing I notice is the All-Star star on a subset card. That is very odd to someone who only knew the stars to appear on cards that were framed in yellow and red. Also, Aaron was traded to the Brewers the November before the cards were issued, so Hank's not wearing the correct uni.
Other stuff: I love the "highlights" font. Diamonds for the apostrophe and dots on the "I"s! Can you dig it? And purple on an orange background? Out of sight!
Back facts: Since this is the first back shown on the blog, I'll point out the Christmas colors that dominate the '75 backs. All of the Highlight cards feature the newspaper-like design. Some of the headlines stick to traditional newspaper rules. Others, like this one, don't. In real newspaper land, if you ended the top line of a headline with an adjective, you'd get a nastygram the next day.
Also, there is a big-time flub in the copy. According to the write-up, Babe Ruth set the career home run mark in 1945 -- or, 10 years after he retired. It should have read, "39 years."
Other blog stuff: I've settled on a few things that I will showcase in this blog. There may be some other features, but, like I said, I'm doing this on the fly, so I don't know what those features are yet. This is what I do know I will be featuring:
a) Define the design, 1975 style: You know how I like to find a name for card designs. 1975 is fantastic for this, since there are more than a dozen different color combinations. I'm going to come up with a name for each of the color combinations. I welcome any suggestions, and I plan on refining the names as the blog goes along. Also, you may have noticed the banner color changed with the color of the featured card. Yeah, I plan to continue to do that.
b) 1975 originals: The main reason why I love this set is it's the first one I collected. And I still have the cards I collected as a kid. So, when I get to one of those cards I pulled as a kid, I will show the upgraded card and the beat-up card. And we can all make fun of it together.
c) The "Dude looks like a lady" count: I know that's an '80s reference, but it works for this feature. There are a bunch of long-haired dudes in this set. And, as kids, we thought they were borderline women. So, anytime I come across one of those DLLALs, I will add it to the counter. And we'll see what we have at the end!