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Old 08-10-2018, 10:35 AM
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An article was posted today on the MLB site on the "coolest" Topps cards from each year. Here's the link: https://www.mlb.com/cut4/the-coolest...ds/c-289592068

What do you all think about the choices? I thought some were inspired, like the 1957 Kluszewski and 1975 Oscar Gamble, while others were either obvious (1954 Aaron), overrated (1952 Mantle) or just plain dumb (1972 Fred Gladding). I didn't bother reading about anything past 1976, but I'm sure others will.

As for the "coolest" cards not on the list, I would add the 1952 Topps Gus Zernial (which edges out Larry Jansen and Johnny Mize), the 1954 Topps O'Brien brothers and the 1957 Dodgers Sluggers. I also would have replaced the 1951 game card with one of the Connie Mack or current All Stars (I like the Doby best).

I enjoyed the article, and I'd like to see this done for every non-Topps set.
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Old 08-10-2018, 12:17 PM
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Very cool article. Thanks for sharing. I will say I am biased, but for 1973 the Johnny Bench card will always be a favorite to me.
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Old 08-10-2018, 12:28 PM
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An article was posted today on the MLB site on the "coolest" Topps cards from each year. Here's the link: https://www.mlb.com/cut4/the-coolest...ds/c-289592068

What do you all think about the choices? I thought some were inspired, like the 1957 Kluszewski and 1975 Oscar Gamble, while others were either obvious (1954 Aaron), overrated (1952 Mantle) or just plain dumb (1972 Fred Gladding). I didn't bother reading about anything past 1976, but I'm sure others will.

As for the "coolest" cards not on the list, I would add the 1952 Topps Gus Zernial (which edges out Larry Jansen and Johnny Mize), the 1954 Topps O'Brien brothers and the 1957 Dodgers Sluggers. I also would have replaced the 1951 game card with one of the Connie Mack or current All Stars (I like the Doby best).

I enjoyed the article, and I'd like to see this done for every non-Topps set.
His list was terrible. Others he missed, 1953 Topps Willie Mays 1956 Topps Roberto Clemente, 1957 Topps Ted Williams if not Dodgers Slivers, 1958 Topps Musial AS or Mantle/Aaron, 1964 Topps Pete Rose, 1965 Topps Mantle, Aaron or Koufax, 1967 Topps Brooks Robinson, 1968 Topps Willie Mays, 1969 Topps Mantle, 1970 Topps Bench, 1972 Topps Clemente, 1973 Topps Nolan Ryan, 1974 Topps Tom Seaver, 1976 Topps Kurt Bevacqua BGBC, 1978 Topps Reggie Jackson, 1979 Topps Ozzie Smith, 1980 Topps Rickey Henderson 1981 Topps Traded Tim Raines, 1982 Topps Traded Cal Ripken, 1983 Topps Traded Darryl Strawberry.
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I agree RATS.

Personally I find the Gamble card just goofy. Many of the cards are of the stars and the cool cards are overlooked.

I love the 1973 topps Fred Patek card and think it's a beauty.

The 1978 card of Reggie is a classic and how that card gets missed is beyond me.
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I agree RATS.

Personally I find the Gamble card just goofy. Many of the cards are of the stars and the cool cards are overlooked.

I love the 1973 topps Fred Patek card and think it's a beauty.

The 1978 card of Reggie is a classic and how that card gets missed is beyond me.
It seems that the 80 Reggie Jackson is just a lesser version of the 78 (without the all-star shield). Two different people rated them - 70s vs 80s but 78 Reggie will always be an all-timer for me
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Gregg Jeffries and Jose Canseco twice each? Oy.

Chipper Jones 1991 boring. For me, this is by far the coolest card of 91 and one of the very few coolest cards of all time.
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If this guy says the coolest card of 1972 is Fred Gladding, then what's the point of even reading his piece?? Pure stupidity. A big pass for me.
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Here are a few of my finalists for the coolest card of 1972 (with an obvious love of the 'in action' shots, and any card from the 'traded' subset would have sufficed)...

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Interesting article.
I think the title should've been "Interesting Cards" rather than "Coolest Cards". While I love cards getting attention I wasn't fond of a lot of these picks. Perhaps I'm blinded by the love but I always want to see the Ryan rookie on these lists.
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Gladding was bad, but Joe Pettini for 81 Topps may have been the worst choice of them all. As I posted elsewhere, I think you either pick the funniest cards (Gladding may have been appropriate) or you pick the best cards, and those don't always have to be the stars. Don't mix the two.

The article nailed the 71 Topps pick in my opinion, as I believe that is the coolest Topps baseball card ever made.
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