Wednesday, February 19, 2014

1970 Mets Leaders / 1971 Fantazy Cards

Okay. I've worked myself into a corner with some of these leader cards. I want players to get their just due but not at the expense of knocking an actual qualified batter right off the card. This season I have to make the distinction and still include those who played smaller roles.

Agee was flying high off his 1969 heroics, topping his .271 average of the championship season by an impressive margin.
Cleon could not duplicate his amazin' .340 batting average of '69 but still was a very solid contributor to the club.
Shamsky, part of a platoon situation, only had 403 at bats.
Still, from a Met fans point of view, he and Donn's performances are worthy of digital cardboard.
Agee had his best all around season in 1970. He led the team in almost every offensive category. He won the gold glove for best centerfielder in the National League, becoming the first man of color to win the award in both leagues (he also won it in '66 while on the Whitesox). Tommie was at his peak as a Met and as my idol on the field.

Donns first and only full season with the club, yet he still only played in 121 games. He managed to pump out 22 HRs to match his uniform number.
Wayne Garrett starting to gain more acceptance from the team in his role as third baseman and he responds with 12 dingers.

This image of Tom Seaver on the '71 Mets Leaders Fantazy Card is the same one that's on his Topps leader card & Topps Super card. This was the "go to" pic of Tom for Topps this year. So I'm going to go to it.
Tom had a typically terrific year, again displaying the talent that made him one of the best pitchers in the game at that time. From 1969 to 1975, maybe the best.

Koosman was my own personal favorite underdog pitcher. He got beat for the ROY award in 68 dispite fantastic numbers( 19 wins, 2.08 ERA, 17 complete games and 7 shutouts) and always seemed to be in Seavers shadow. During these years, every season I was rooting for Kooz to win 20 games more than anybody else. This season, injury kept him from getting anywhere near twenty wins.

The Mets weren't exactly sure what they had in Gary Gentry but they were starting to figure that he would never be the pitcher they had hoped he would be when they kept him and traded Nolan Ryan. Not especially wild, Gentry still would never harness his command.
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Well, I'm all caught up with the team leader cards so we should start picking up speed a bit in our trip back to the future.

COMING SOON:
>TALKING SHOP :Project Colorizations PT.1/The 1962 Al Jackson

I'll describe what went into colorizing the 1962 Al Jackson photo.
If anyone has any specific question's about colorizing black & white digital images feel free to ask.

>The 1972 Mets Fantazy Cards, Opening Day Lineup & Team Leaders.
__________A very rare unopened 72 Mets Fantazy Wax Pack.
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