Tuesday, October 25, 2011

1970 Checklist Showdown: Booklets Vs. Scratchoffs

Yesterday's post on the Glenn Beckert Scratch Off card led me to take a look at the checklist of the 24 card set. And that, in turn led me to the 1970 Booklets checklist. There are some similarities between the two. Both sets had 24 items with one player from each team. I thought it would be interesting to compare the two lists to see which has more star power. I was also curious if any big names got left off.

The checklists are shown below. The name in bold is the one I considered to be the bigger star of the two. My picks are totally subjective, based on the memories of an eight year old boy in 1970.

Scratch Off


Jim SpencerAngels Jay Johnstone
Sal BandoA'sReggie Jackson
Jim WynnAstrosDenis Menke
Hank AaronBravesOrlando Cepeda
Rich AllenCardinalsBob Gibson
Glenn BeckertCubsErnie Banks
Claude OsteenDodgersBill Singer
Mack JonesExposRusty Staub
Juan MarichalGiantsWillie Mays
Sam McDowellIndiansVada Pinson
Tom SeaverMetsCleon Jones
Boog PowellOriolesMike Cuellar
Nate ColbertPadresAl Ferrara
Tim McCarverPhilliesDeron Johnson
Mike HeganPilotsTommy Harper
Willie StargellPiratesBob Moose
Carl YastrzemskiRed SoxRico Petrocelli
Tony PerezRedsPete Rose
Lou PiniellaRoyalsWally Bunker
Dick BosmanSenatorsMike Epstein
Al KalineTigersBill Freehan
Harmon KillebrewTwinsTony Oliva
Luis AparicioWhite SoxWalt Williams
Mel StottlemyreYankeesBobby Murcer

My list gives the advantage to the Scratch offs, 14-10. Agree?? Disagree?? Don't care??

There were some notable players, including a few Hall of Famers missing from both lists. Superstars like Johnny Bench, Ron Santo, Roberto Clemente, Rod Carew, Phil Niekro, Willie McCovey, Frank Robinson, Lou Brock, and Frank Howard were not on either list. Why?

Because they were on the 1970 Posters checklist; which also had 24 players, one per team. I just bought the Ron Santo poster, and when it comes, I'll throw the poster checklist up and we can see which of the three was the overall winner.

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