Father’s Day is rapidly approaching and finding that perfect gift is always a challenge. That’s where Topps, the leading retailer of officially licensed baseball cards, comes into the picture with their recently launched Topps Archive Collections, Series 1. Topps combed through their archives, putting together an all new collectible product inspired by some of the greatest teams and most memorable moments that Major League Baseball has ever seen.
The Topps Archive Collections, Series 1 pays tribute to superstars and unsung heroes alike, capturing players in their heyday just as fans remember them. In this case, the focus is on the 1974 Oakland A’s team and the famed “Once More in ‘74” slogan.
The 1974 A’s won their third straight World Series title with a roster loaded with memorable talent. Left fielder Joe Rudi (.293/.334/.484) and shortstop Bert Campaneris (.290/.347/.366) paced and offensive attack, anchored by a then 28 year old Reggie Jackson and his 29 home runs and .289/.391/.514 batting line. Sal Bando, Gene Tenance, Jesus Alou, and Ray Fosse all were regulars in the lineup as well. The team’s pitching staff led the charge, anchored by Catfish Hunter’s 25 wins and 318 innings pitched. Vida Blue won 17 games and Ken Holtzman added 19 of his own. Catfish Hunter paced a talented bullpen, adding nine wins and 18 saves in 118 innings of work.
The Topps Archive Collections, Series 1 is sold in a single box set and includes all of the following:
- 1 wax pack poster set (5 posters)
- 6 team patches
- 6 team buttons
- 1 team pennant
- 1 team t-shirt
- 1 team hat
The Topps Archive Collections, Series 1 is available at Topps.com, select MLB stadium stores, hobby shops and retailers.