Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Art on the back: 1974

The 1973 set was an all-time great set for cartoons on the back. In 1974, despite getting only half the room on the card back from the previous year, Topps artists still had a lot of fun, creative cartoons that often looked at the "regular" side of the players on the cards.

Once again I found no shortage of fun cartoons to highlight.

The cartoon about Tom Timmerman being eligible for his MLB pension is an odd choice - there was nothing else interesting about him? He was 33 at the time.

Notice the "likes to read comics" cartoon is almost exactly the same as the one I showed earlier.
Willie McCovey got a better comics cartoon. Meanwhile, Ron Santo is Batman.

Another Ron Bryant teddy bear sighting.
Remember in '73 when Bobby Bonds was an 1890s white man? This time it's Willie Stargell. And in case you don't know about Sparky Lyle and birthday cakes - read this Night Owl post from 2010. (I did a quick Google search on Sparky Lyle and birthday cakes, well known to old Yankee fans, and of course one of the first things that pops up is Night Owl posting about this very card!)


  1. The cartoons are definitely one of the better traits of a rather uninteresting set. Funny post about Sparky, I hadn't seen that before.

  2. One of my favorite posts I've written. Geez 12 years ago.