Card fact: This is the very last card I needed to complete the 1975 Topps set.
What I thought about this card then: My brother had it and it was a very cool card. Carew's bat looks at least 70 feet long.
What I think about this card now: Carew wasn't exactly known as a slugger. I associate this pose with sluggers.
Other stuff: Carew was another one of the first baseball superstars that I knew. He seemed to have a lot of fans among my friends, which was a bit odd, because there isn't anybody in my state that knows a thing about the Twins. But I remember his 1976, 1977 and 1978 cards as being very coveted.
Of course, Carew is a Hall of Famer, hit .388 in 1978, was the rookie of the year in 1967, a member of 18 straight All-Star teams, and a member of the 3,000-hit club. He was also the subject of one the first baseball biographies I ever read. I have known the story about him being named after the doctor who delivered him on a train since I was a wee lad.
Carew signed with the Angels as a free agent after a famous falling out with the Twins' notoriously stingy owner Calvin Griffith. After 12 years with the Twins, Carew spent seven more with the Angels.
He later became a hitting coach for the Angels and the Brewers.
Back facts: When I was a kid I thought that George Torporcer was kneeling on the ground looking at bugs. He needed his glasses to get a good look at the bugs! That's how little boys think.
Other blog stuff: Normally, I do the set review every 100 cards. But I also need to do the All-Star update with this card. So I'll do the All-Star update here, and do the set review with the next card.
Carew fills the second base spot for the American League:
AL 1B - Dick Allen 2B - Rod Carew 3B - Brooks Robinson SS - Bert Campaneris OF - Bobby Murcer OF - Jeff Burroughs OF - C - Carlton Fisk P - Gaylord Perry NL 1B - Steve Garvey 2B - Joe Morgan 3B - Ron Cey SS - Larry Bowa OF - Hank Aaron OF - Pete Rose OF - Jim Wynn C - Johnny Bench P - Andy Messersmith
Some of you may be thinking, "only one more All-Star and the teams are complete!" Well, as one commentor already gave away way back 300 cards ago, there will be no more All-Star cards.
Topps did not give Reggie Jackson an All-Star card in the 1975 set even though he was the starting right fielder for the American League in the 1974 All-Star Game. So the one outfield position in the A.L. is forever left blank because of Topps' goof.