# 9 Don O'Riley
Nice air brush job with the White Sox cap. Topps would continue this trend in later years.
# 8 Lowell Palmer
What's the deal with this guy. Those are the same shades he wore on his previous year card. I wonder if he sported those cool rays in the games.
# 7 Curt Blefary
A great example of the live action shots in the 1971 set. Too bad his card depicts him striking out swinging against the A's.
# 6 Darold Knowles
Knowles had one of the best pick off moves of his generation. In 1970 he was either hit or miss. He was one of the top relief pitchers in the league with 27 saves and a 2.04 ERA. Most of those saves were for multiple inning outings, unlike the one inning closer of today. His won loss record for the year was 2-14, go figure.
# 5 Cubs Team Card
I always wondered why so many of the Cubs team cards only showed head shots of the players instead of the traditional team photo. Does anybody know the reason? It may have been that the Cubs management was just too cheap to do a team photo.
#4 Dick Bosman
I like the way he dotted the "i" in his name with a star. Heck, he was a star. He led the AL in ERA in 1969 with a 2.19 mark.
#3 Willie Stargell
One of the great sluggers of the day. The Pirates had enough sense to keep him on the team, unlike their blunder with Freddie Patek. A great shot of young Willie in his days as an outfielder. Pops was later moved to first base where he was the leader of their world series winning team.
#2 Vida Blue
Blue took the league by storm in 1970, highlighted by his masterful no-hitter against the Twins. I really like this classic pose. A fitting gesture of the times. Peace to you too, brother.