Friday, November 23, 2012

1987 Topps: Turn Back the Clock (Maury Wills '62)

Before Rickey Henderson and Lou Brock, there was Maury Wills.  The 1987 Topps set commemorated the former stolen base king with their 'Turn Back the Clock' 25 years card.  In 1962, Maury Wills won the N.L. MVP during his fourth year in the Majors.  One of his major accomplishments that year was to become the first player to steal more than 100 stolen bases in a season (104).  The most interesting fact about the TBC card below is that it depicts a 1962 Topps card that does not exist.  Topps did not produce a card for Maury Wills in 1962 or in any of his other first 8 seasons.  Maury Wills was 35 years old in 1967 when Topps produced a card for him. 

Maury Wills was the manager for the Seattle Mariners between 1980-1981 as depicted in this 1981 Topps card.

The 1975 Topps set contained a 24-card subset commemorating the MVP in both leagues each of the years that Topps produced baseball cards.  The card for the 1962 MVP's also depicted Maury Wills' non-existent '62 Topps card.

Maury Wills' final season and Topps card as an active MLB player was in 1972.

1971 Topps.

1970 Topps.

1968 Topps.

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