Monday, June 18, 2012

1969 TOPPS SPORTING NEWS BROOKS ROBINSON

A COLORFUL SUBSET.
THE ''B'' STANDS FOR ''BROOKS.''

THE FRONT PAGE

  • This is the final card of the group purchased at the monthly card show at the beginning of the month. Any time I can add a nice-conditioned card of Brooks Robinsonmy favorite player, it's a great day. 

THE BACK PAGE

  • The backs of the 10 AL All-Star cards form a picture of Carl Yastrzemski. The Brooks card contains part of Yaz's hat, the corner of his right eyebrow and whole bunch of sky. I love these puzzle cards. The '74 set I completed has All-Star cards that form a picture of '73 All-Star MVP Bobby Bonds.

PHOTO PLAY

  • Nice head-and-shoulders shot of Robinson, and the design is sharp. But I don't like the black and white "action'' shot. Reminds me a little of the '59 Baseball Thrills subset, which the closer you look, the more fake it appears.

EXTRA, EXTRA

  • In the '68 Midsummer Classic held at The Astrodome, Robinson went 0-for-2. In '69 in Washington, D.C., he went 0-for-1. 
  • He was selected an All-Star 15 consecutive years ('60-74) and voted MVP in the '66 game after going 3-for-4 with a run scored in the AL's 2-1 loss. 
  • In '68, Brooksie won his ninth consecutive Gold Glove, hit 17 homers, drove in 75 and had a .253 average.
  • In '69, he won the 10th of 16 Gold Gloves and hit 23 homers, drove in 84 but batted a career-low .234. 
  • After batting .214 in the '66 Series and .053 in '69, he hit .429 in '70 and .318 in '71. 
  • He hit two homers and drove in six in the five-game win over the Reds in '70 and drove in five runs in the seven-game loss to the Pirates the following year. 
  • Overall in the postseason, covering nine series, he hit .303 with five homers and 22 RBI. And you thought all he could do was field in the clutch.

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