Card fact: The first, honest-to-goodness all-star card! Yeah, yeah, I know about Aaron. But that card is an imposter. Everyone knows '75 all-star cards have yellow and red borders.
What I thought about this card then: Did not see it. But if I did, I would think it was awesome. Game action rules. Especially back then. I remember seeing the card a few years later in a book or something, and I thought it was the coolest card ever. It remains one my favorite cards in the set.
What I think about this card now: OK, this has bothered me for way too long: why did Robinson wear that batting helmet with the short brim? Was this common then? How come Robinson is the only guy who seemed to wear it? Or am I just not up on the batting helmet fashion practices of 1960s/early 1970s major leaguers?
Other stuff: The color freak is speaking now: you DO NOT use blue lettering inside the all-star star with the American League! The American League is RED and the National League is BLUE.
Back facts: Brooks Calbert's career was so long at this point that Topps couldn't even spare the line that runs under the "year, club, at-bat, runs ..." heading, or the line that comes before the major league totals. But they got all the years in there! See that Upper Deck? That's why you lost your MLB license. OK, maybe not. But if I were king, that would be the reason.
Other blog stuff: This is a variation of the other "yellow-red" combo, since this features the name in yellow letters, and the other combo features the name in black letters. But I'm not coming up with separate "define the design" names for each of them. My plate is full.
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