Monday, June 5, 2017

1970 Cubs Cartoons

I've always got a kick out of the cartoons that were drawn on the backs of cards in the '50s, 60's and 70's.  They were a unique way to highlight player facts and trivia.

The 1970 Topps set had 23 Cubs with a base card.  Of those 23, there are cartoons on the backs of 13 cards.  Today I'll take a look at them.

I've divided the cartoons into two categories.  Typically the cartoons highlighted a baseball career fact or a personal fact.

Let's start with the career facts:

In case you don't know who's who, from top to bottom were Glenn Beckert, Bill Hand, Randy Hundley, Fergie Jenkins, Paul Popovich, Billy Williams, and Don Young.  The Holtzman cartoon has the most recent event.  Don Young's is one of the wordiest in the entire 1970 set.

Five of the cartoons highlighted more person things about the players.  We have farmer Jim Hickman, college graduate Don Kessinger, chip off the block Ken Rudolph, restaurateur Ron Santo, and boxer Willie Smith.


  1. Perfect morning read. Thank you! :)

  2. Great idea, breaking these out! Love them.