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Card of the Day: 1967 Topps Frank Howard

Man, are those some birth control glasses or what?

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Senators #17: Frank Howard

Howard Kelloggs
 
Frank Howard
1970 Kellogg’s #6
Position: OF
Bio/Summary: I’ve spoken about Frank before, but I wanted the opportunity to share this card, because I always loved these Kellogg’s cards as a kid. Now, admittedly, this one is before my time, but I think they were really ahead of their time and did the effect much better than Sportflics. And of course I love Frank Howard; he represents old-school DC baseball to me, and this card captures that era so well.
How Did I Get It?: Bought it off of checkoutmycards.net.
Did You Know?: Great story from Wikipedia:
 
Howard wore #9 on his jersey from the time he joined the Senators through 1968. When new owner Bob Short signed Hall of Fame slugger Williams to manage the club, Howard happily gave up #9 so Williams could wear it once again; Howard donned #33 for the start of the 1969 season. Williams played a major role in teaching him to be more patient at the plate, asking the slugger, “Can you tell me how a guy can hit 44 home runs and only get 48 bases on balls?” He encouraged Howard to not swing at the first fastball he saw, and work the pitcher deeper into the count; the advice resulted in his walk totals nearly doubling.
Rating: 9/10 – Come on, it’s a classic. How can you not love it?

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Senators #10: Frank Howard (Pt 1)

I have a decent handful of Frank Howard cards to get through in the future, but I’ll start this series as I start all series, with one card.

Howard Killebrew Yastrzemski

1968 Topps #6
Position:
OF
Bio/Summary: Frank Howard was a superstar for the Senators; his legacy still casts a shadow over Washington, as I heard so much about him as the Nationals prepared to come to town. I admit I was not as familiar with him as a Senator as I was Killebrew (who will be featured as a Senator as well), but once I read up on him a bit, I came to like the awkward-looking guy. A nerdy-looking guy who could mash 40 dingers in RFK? Yeah, I saw where that ball landed, too. Very impressive. Anyway, Frank got all the way up to 48 homers in 1969, his career high, and finished his career with 382. I’m impressed with the arc of his OBP as well – going from 320 as a rookie in 1960 all the way up to 416.
The other guys on this card? You’ve probably heard of them. Like I said, I’ll cover Killebrew in the future, and Yaz is outside the scope of this site, but I have a fond place in my heart for him, as well.
How Did I Get It?: Bought it at checkoutmycards.net.
Did You Know?: Frank was the 1960 rookie of the year.
Rating: 10/10 – Look at that beaut of a card; two hall of famers and one hall of very good-er. It’s also in one of my favorite classic sets, which doubles the sentimental value of it. It’s no joke to say this is one of, if not my absolute, favorite cards in my collection.

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