Monday, July 19, 2021

HOF Luis Aparicio

1974 is probably the first really beautiful card set of the 1970s. Thinking about the decade as a whole, I think I'd rank them as follows: 1974, 1976, 1973, 1977, 1979, 1978, and I guess, 1970. 1971, 1972 and 1975 are ineligible for ranking because they are so awful. 

This is the final Topps card for Luis Aparicio. It's an exceedingly boring photograph, saved by the design, which is just about perfect. Aparicio was elected to the HOF in 1984 by the BBWAA in his sixth year of eligibility. I'm still not exactly sure what makes someone a HOFer six years or ten years or 50 years after he first appeared on the ballot. He got 84.6% of the vote. 

He played 18 years with Chicago, Boston, and Baltimore and was a Rookie of the Year, a 13-time All-Star and was given nine Gold Gloves. In 1966, he was on the World Series winning team from Baltimore. In 1959 he was the runner-up MVP to Nellie Fox. But if you're into revisionist history, he was 19th best in the league per "WAR". Something called Camilo Pascual had the most in 1959, at 8.6. Never heard of him. Ironically, Pascual finished 19th in the MVP voting that year. 

In his career, Aparicio had six more strikeouts (742) than walks (736) and nine more triples (92) than home runs (83).

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  1. The '74 set would rank #5 for me as far the 70's designs go.

  2. You are clearly not a fan of colored borders.

  3. You should title this post... 1972 and 1975 Topps Baseball is Awful! Lol. I think you'd draw a lot of people to read that post.

    I like the 1974 Topps set, but would rank 1972, 1973, 1975, and 1976 higher. One thing I really love about this set is the photography. The Rollie Fingers and Juan Marichal are two of my favorite cards from the decade.