Saturday, September 3, 2011
#640 - Harmon Killebrew
Card fact: This is the final Topps card issued of Harmon Killebrew during his playing career. He had appeared in just about every Topps flagship set from 1955-75 (he's not in the 1957 set).
What I thought about this card then: I had the mini card. I thought he looked pretty old.
What I think about this card now: It's funny how little I noticed when I was a kid. It never dawned on me then that Killebrew is signing an autograph. And, of course, now I recognize that there is a partial tobacco advertisement in the photo. It's really one of the better photos in the set.
Other stuff: I always have trouble writing about the most well-known stars on this blog. What do I say?
I just wrote about Killebrew after his recent death. Killebrew was one of the greats, both as a player and a person. I was just getting to know baseball when Killebrew retired. I never saw him play. I would have been interested in seeing him in a Kansas City Royals uniform, which is where he spent his final season in 1975. But I really didn't actively watch baseball until 1976 or 1977.
It's easy for some to forget that Killebrew was among the top five home run hitters of all-time for quite awhile. Right up there with Aaron, Ruth, Mays and Frank Robinson.
I remember Killebrew mostly as a broadcaster.
Back facts: Rick Burleson (149 in 1980) and Roy Smalley (144 in 1979) have each surpassed Bobby Wine's double play record for shortstops.
Other blog stuff: This is probably the last opportunity on the blog to show the mini card next to the regular card, so here goes:
I may have a few more of these for you over on my other blog over the weekend. Stay tuned.