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Wednesday, May 14, 2008

1976 Topps Tribute: A Smile

Smiles are rare on older baseball cards because they were mostly taken of men who were trying to look cool while standing in silly poses. Rogelio knew better! Here's possibly the best smile in the whole 1976 Topps set (this one is obviously for my favorite collectors at Dinged Corners):

Ken Griffey was 25 when this picture was taken. I wonder what he had to smile about:
1. He knew he would win a World Series that year.
2. He knew he would win a second World Series the next year.
3. He was a part of the "The Big Red Machine".
4. He could get from home to first base in 3.5 seconds. (Info found on the back of the card. If only this blog had a name that would make me show you the back of this card.)
5. He had a 6-year old kid who would become one of the greats of the game.

He had a lot of reasons to smile so he did. The Griffeys got the chance to play with each other in Seattle in 1990. They hit back-to-back home runs on Sept 14 of that year. It's too bad Cecil and Prince can't even share a nice tofu salad together.

Next Up: Neckless Cubbies!


Anonymous said...

I love this card. I don't have the original (but probably will one day) but I have the Topps Archives version...I think it's the same photo.

NMboxer said...

Actually, "what he had to smile about" is a great approach to smile cards.

PS Smiling AND action, all at once, are pretty tough, but Justin Upton does a lot of that in each game.

Anonymous said...

Don't know where you live, but if you're in the Cincinnati area on the weekend of May 30-31 you might want to stop by the Reds HOF and get this card signed. :)

Bay Rat North West said...

This was a great card in a great set. My second favorite of the Seventies.The card year you got the banner from being the first.