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Old 02-25-2017, 01:00 PM
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Default 1972 Topps In Action: Mets & Dietz-a-palooza

The big, audacious 1972 Topps set featured 72 "In Action" cards, which were my favorites as a 7- and 8-year-old kid when the set came out. I particularly remember coveting the Vida Blue In Action card, which showed him gazing skyward at a pop-up. Roberto Clemente was my favorite player and I remember being disappointed at his In Action card, which shows him apparently reacting to a called strike. Now I think it's a pretty cool picture of Clemente.

I completed the 787-card set more than 30 years ago and while I often look at the cards, I've never separated out all the In Action cards and looked at them by themselves until the other day. A couple things jumped out at me:

-- There are 11 New York Mets featured. Seems excessive.

-- There are zero Baltimore Orioles even though the Os were coming off three AL championships and were loaded with stars.

-- At least 28 of the In Action photos were taken at Candlestick Park in San Francisco.

-- Giants catcher Dick Dietz appears in at least five In Action cards -- his own, Clarence Gaston, Pete Rose, Ron Santo and Ollie Brown. And Dietz is most likely the catcher in the Joe Pepitone and Billy Williams In Action cards as well. (The Giants catcher in the Clemente card is Russ Gibson.)

-- Somebody at Topps had a thing for mediocre catchers. Tom Haller, Pat Corrales, Curt Blefary and Ed Kirkpatrick were not even starters but were featured on In Action cards.

I'd love to read anyone else's thoughts...
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Old 02-25-2017, 01:34 PM
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The big, audacious 1972 Topps set featured 72 "In Action" cards, which were my favorites as a 7- and 8-year-old kid when the set came out. I particularly remember coveting the Vida Blue In Action card, which showed him gazing skyward at a pop-up. Roberto Clemente was my favorite player and I remember being disappointed at his In Action card, which shows him apparently reacting to a called strike. Now I think it's a pretty cool picture of Clemente.

I completed the 787-card set more than 30 years ago and while I often look at the cards, I've never separated out all the In Action cards and looked at them by themselves until the other day. A couple things jumped out at me:

-- There are 11 New York Mets featured. Seems excessive.

-- There are zero Baltimore Orioles even though the Os were coming off three AL championships and were loaded with stars.

-- At least 28 of the In Action photos were taken at Candlestick Park in San Francisco.

-- Giants catcher Dick Dietz appears in at least five In Action cards -- his own, Clarence Gaston, Pete Rose, Ron Santo and Ollie Brown. And Dietz is most likely the catcher in the Joe Pepitone and Billy Williams In Action cards as well. (The Giants catcher in the Clemente card is Russ Gibson.)

-- Somebody at Topps had a thing for mediocre catchers. Tom Haller, Pat Corrales, Curt Blefary and Ed Kirkpatrick were not even starters but were featured on In Action cards.

I'd love to read anyone else's thoughts...
I still look at that and wonder what they were thinking? It is a great shot, especially now, but it certainly isn't an action shot, imo.
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That 'Dietz phenomenon' is hysterical. Great catch (pun intended)!!!

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Old 02-25-2017, 07:26 PM
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I wonder if this set had anything to do with the explosion of action cards thereafter. Maybe Topps noticed an increased interest? 1971 had a fair amount before it, but they really seemed to take off in 73-74. I am glad either way. Despite some of the cards being hard to tell who the player was, I enjoy the action shots better than boring poses and close up portraits.
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We know what Billy would think...

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My favorite is SF Giants pitcher Ron Bryant, who's in action card is him trying to lay down a bunt...not a cool pitching photo...but a bunt.
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Oh, and what about the Darrell Evans In Action card? I don't know...something awkward about that shot...he looks like a dolphin jumping out of the water...

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[quote=Robs70sCards;1635454]Oh, and what about the Darrell Evans In Action card? I don't know...something awkward about that shot...he looks like a dolphin jumping out of the water...


I've been baffled by the Darrell Evans card since I was a kid. He's jumping up like he's trying to snare a line drive, but he's looking up like he's waiting for a pop up.

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That 'Dietz phenomenon' is hysterical. Great catch (pun intended)!!!

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Check out this thread I did a while back. It includes 1972 'In Action' shots of almost all of the ignored HOF'ers (save a few managers) and a few other things…
http://www.net54baseball.com/showthread.php?t=219771
Cool thread on '72 should-have-been IA cards.
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We covered Mr. Evans before, too:

http://www.net54baseball.com/showthread.php?t=180407
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