Not too long back I shared my complete Giants team set from the 1962 Topps set. 1962 Topps seems to be a favorite with collectors with its distinctive wood grain borders and a checklist full of Hall of Famers and stars. One of my favorite parts of sets from this era are the multiplayer cards and the Giants were lucky enough to be featured in two of these cards. I thought it would be fun to take a little deeper look of these 2 cards.
Orlando lead the NL in HR and RBI but came in second in the NL MVP voting losing out to Frank Robinson. Interestingly Robinson got 15 of 16 first place votes with the other vote going to Reds pitcher Joey Jay who went 21-10 with a 3.53 ERA. Cepeda would get his MVP with the Cardinals in 1967.
I love the fact that the Home Run Leaders were celebrated in a multiplayer card such as this.
The back of this card really celebrates the careers to this point of both players. They obviously have amazing credentials. While neither player won the MVP award in 1961, both had great years. Mays had 40 HRs, 123 RBI and batted .308. He made his annual trip to the All-Star Game and won a Gold Glove. Mantle had 54 HRs and 128 RBI and batted .317. He too made the All-Star Game (he won his only Gold Glove one year later) and challenged the Babe's record with teammate Roger Maris. The card back and most stories I hear indicate that injuries spoiled his bid but he did play in 153 of 162 games so the 7 extra homers were far from a given had he remained healthy. Two of the greatest players on one of my favorite vintage cards.
I have declared that I am a fan of these multiplayer cards, do you like them? Have a favorite?