Wednesday, January 11, 2012

1960 TOPPS FRANK HOWARD

THANKS FOR THE HONDO AND THE OTHER CARDS, DANNY.
THE CAPITAL PUNISHER REALLY COULD CREASE THE BALLl.

THE FRONT PAGE

  • A neat Sport Magazine Rookie Star card from the '60 set. Frank Howard was a massive physical presence and could hit a ton. The card screams vintage toughness. It doesn't hurt he also was named the 1960 NL Rookie of the Year, hitting 23 homers and driving in 77.

THE BACK PAGE

  • Great cartoon about him "poling a homer.''

PHOTO PLAY

  • I know, a mug shot is hardly exciting, but I love the layout of this subset. The diagonal ribbon and background color make the design pop.

EXTRA, EXTRA

  • This card was part of my brother's collection as a kid. He gave me his cards after I resumed collecting in the '80s. 
  • Did any player in history have a better nickname than "The Capital Punisher''? 
  • Judging by those minor-league stats, this guy certainly earned a promotion to the majors, don't you think?
  • I love looking at these vintage rookie cards and seeing the minor-league stats. You had to put in the time and put up the numbers before getting called up for good -- and earning your first baseball card. 
  • Had a power-packed five-year stretch from '67-'71, averaging 40 homers and 103 RBI. He led the league twice in HRs and once in RBI during that stretch, finishing in the top-10 in MVP voting three consecutive years.

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