Saturday, May 31, 2008


I read a funny story about the late Thurman Munson and posted about it over at Will We Ever Win?

In looking around for a Munson photo to use, I came across this 1971 Topps baseball card featuring a really nice, simple design. All the cards that year were black, and used muted colors for the name, team and position — here green, yellow and red. I like the use of all uppercase letters for the team, and lowercase letters for the name.

Munson's card was different than most in that it featured a horizontal layout with an action shot, whereas most of the others were vertical with a headshot or some other staged shot. Munson's also has a 1970 All-Star Rookie trophy for extra points.

When I used to collect sports cards the horizontals always stuck out amidst the sea of verticals as extra cool, and the same is true here.

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