Saturday, May 22, 2010

#207 - 1969 Most Valuable Players

Card fact: Here is the Topps 1969 design, which is kind of a combination of the 1967 and 1968 Topps designs. I think it works pretty well, and would be one of the best sets of the '60s if not for all the blacked out caps in the set.

What I thought about this card then: Not in the collection.

What I think about this card now: It's interesting that after two absolutely dominating pitching displays the previous year, that two sluggers were named MVP in 1969. That lowering of the mound must have helped. Oh, and probably expansion, too.

Other stuff: This is the first card that features players who each have player cards in the 1975 set.

Back facts: Both "The Killer" and "Stretch" had some great stats. Killebrew's 145 walks was the best total for years until Barry Bonds showed up. ... I didn't know All-Star putouts was something to consider when voting for the Most Valuable Player.

Other blog stuff: The pink-yellow combo has just tied green-purple for the most cards with 18.


Play at the Plate said...

Putouts in general, but especially All-Star putouts, are an overlooked stat in baseball. HA!! You put up MVP worthy numbers and that's the best they can do? You have to wonder if they weren't just looking for the odd stat to throw in, but it's not like anyone knows if 1392 putouts is good relative to other players.

Eggrocket said...

Never noticed the 67/68 morphing. That's funny.