Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Indians' Multi-player Cards

In 1967, Topps made multi-player cards for some teams, where 2 stars were featured. For some reason, only 11 teams were included in this subset. Given that 9 teams had no card, it seems a bit odd that the Cleveland Indians would get two cards:

Tribe Thumpers (#109) featured the Indians' two sluggers Rocky Colavito and Leon Wagner. However, Colavito was traded to the White Sox 63 games into the 1967 season. For Wagner, his power years were 1961 - 1966, as he finished 1967 with only 15 homers in 135 games.

Tribe Hill Aces (#463) featured two of the Indians' fine 4-man pitching rotation. Sam McDowell led the AL in strikeouts for 1965-1966, and 1968-1970.

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