Card fact: I do believe that building in the background of this photo is the tallest building you will see in this set or maybe any card set. I'm not sure what it is. Possibly the team hotel?
What I thought about this card then: An instantly awesome card. The yellow-and-red all-star borders made this card extremely desirable. And we didn't see all of the all-star cards in 1975, so the ones we did see -- Fisk, Bench, Rose, Morgan, Cey, Garvey, Campaneris -- were very valuable to us.
What I think about this card now: The serious look that Fisk always seemed to show on his cards made him appear extra cool to us as kids. Now, he just seems cranky.
Other stuff: I am honestly conflicted about my perception of Fisk. On one hand, he was a talented Red Sox player who worked intensely hard his whole career and was one of the best catchers ever. He also seemed to loathe the Yankees. That's a plus. On the other hand, he just seemed so uptight, getting in little feuds all the time. I'm not sure what to make of him.
However, his 12th-inning home run in the sixth game of the 1975 World Series is my first baseball memory, so I could never say I dislike the guy.
Back facts: Did you know the president decides a tie in the commissioner vote? I didn't.
Other blog stuff: Like the Topps all-rookie team, I've decided to list the All-Star team for the AL and the NL, according to the Topps' all-star cards. I'm catching up here, so this is what I have so far:
3B - Brooks Robinson
C - Carlton Fisk
OF - Hank Aaron
It's a wonder any cards end up in our collections
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