It's finally done. I have all 660 cards of the '75 Topps baseball set in my possession, and yes it's a very colorful and wonderful set.
When going through the set to determine the top 5 cards (in my opinion), I look through the entire set twice. If I were to look at the set only once, I would surely miss something that would merit consideration. True to form, I did miss something and it actually shows up in this countdown.
Another thing that I noticed about the set is that there aren't a lot of action shots. The majority of the cards are posed shots, standard stuff you would see in spring training shots. It kind of surprised me to be honest.
OK, enough chatter. Here are my top 5 cards in the set.
5. #80 Carlton Fisk
Yes, this is your basic stand there with the bat in your hands and look like you're ready to hit pose. What struck me is the background. Tell me that isn't some random apartment/office building in Winter Haven, FL (that's where the Sox spent spring training in the 70's). Were they taking photos at some playground/little league field back then? The card is so off the wall it's cool, that's why it makes #5.
4: # 30 Bert Blyleven
3. # 6 '74 Highlights Mike Marshall
Why this card in the top 5? Because the accomplishment is amazing. A reliever pitching 2 out of every 3 days. Marshall pitched 208.1 innings, all in relief, that season. He finished 83 of those games. Only 4 pitchers since then have appeared 90 times, and the only AL pitcher to do it since '74? Yep, Mike Marshall himself with 90 games in 1979. Only rubber armed Kent Tekulve has appeared in 90+ games in 3 seasons.
Look at the death stare he's giving Walter Alston. It's almost as if he's saying, "you're not taking me out of this game". That's what makes this card even greater as far as I'm concerned.
2. # 625 Boog Powell
You're right, on 99 out of 100 other people's lists, this card would easily be #1. It is a great card, but I have my reasons for my choice. The expression on Powell's face is priceless on this card, searching for the ball on what appears to be a very sunny day is great. Powell actually played the '75 season in Cleveland, enjoying a bit of a renaissance with 27 HRs and a .297 average.
1. # 640 Harmon Killebrew
Love the old school light blue Twins jersey. Love that he's signing a program for a fan, and there's something about players being photographed while taking time out for the fans that I really enjoy. I've said that on this blog many times before, and will keep on saying it as long as I keep seeing these types of cards. Even the brown on top, orange on the bottom color scheme is great. Killebrew wound up spending his final season in '75 playing for the Royals, hitting 14 HRs. The Twins actually retired his number during the '75 season, while he was still playing. Now that's respect.
Honorable mention: Ralph Garr, Joe Ferguson, Rollie Fingers, Rick Monday, Fergie Jenkins
And that's my top 5. Love em or leave em.
Thanks for reading, Robert