Wednesday, September 3, 2008

1970 Topps

Without question, this has to be one of the most boring sets in the history of baseball cards. Not only are the gray borders ugly, but they have made it almost impossible to find these cards in decent condition at a reasonable price. So much so that I don't even look for them in anything less than poor condition. 

Topps issued this set in seven series, with the last series being the only one that has a real premium over the other six. Of course, Al Kaline is in the final series, so I'm guessing a good condition card of his goes for a pretty penny. But I'll never know....

In the days before free agency though, this set still contains a large number of heroes from the '68 team, so it's not all that bad. 

Anyhow, without wasting anymore time trying to come up with something good to say about them, here's the team breakdown for 1970 Topps:

Series 1
12 John Hiller
33 Don Wert
70 AL Pitching Leaders - McLain
72 AL Strikeout Leaders - Lolich
95 Earl Wilson
98 Gates Brown
129 Jimmie Price

Series 2
152 Ike Brown
177 Jim Northrup
207 Tigers Rookies Norman McRae/Bob Reed

Series 3
269 Cesar Gutierrez
313 Mayo Smith
335 Bill Freehan
356 Fred Lasher

Series 4
383 Mickey Stanley
400 Denny McLain
424 Mike Kilkenny

Series 5
465 Bill Freehan All Star
467 Denny McLain All Star
475 Dick McAuliffe
508 Joe Niekro
520 Willie Horton

Series 6
554 Tom Timmerman
579 Detroit Tigers Team Card
592 Daryl Patterson
611 Norm Cash

Series 7
640 Al Kaline
661 Jerry Robertson
682 Dalton Jones
698 Tom Tresh
715 Mickey Lolich

Wow, that's a lot of series. Can you imagine how many Mike Rabelo cards Topps would issue if they produced seven series today? 

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