Wednesday, February 19, 2020

#264 Bob Buhl - Chicago Cubs


Robert Ray Buhl
Chicago Cubs
Pitcher

Bats:  Right  Throws:  Right  Height:  6'2"  Weight:  180
Born:  August 12, 1928, Saginaw, MI
Signed:  Signed by the Chicago White Sox as an amateur free agent, August 30, 1946
Major League Teams:  Milwaukee Braves 1953-1962; Chicago Cubs 1962-1966; Philadelphia Phillies 1966-1967
Died:  February 16, 2001, Titusville, FL (age 72)

In parts of 15 seasons in the National League, Bob Buhl was an 18-game winner twice (1956 and 1957) and won a World Series ring with the Braves in 1957.  His best seasons came with the Braves, as part of a strong pitching rotation that also included Warren Spahn (#205) and Lew Burdette (#64) and he was an All-Star in 1960.  Between 1953 and 1960, Buhl finished in the top ten in the league for ERA six times, and he finished within the top ten for complete games four times.

Following his successful 10-year run with the Braves, Buhl spent five seasons with the Cubs and then was traded to the Phillies in one of the most lopsided trades in baseball history.  He retired part-way through the 1967 season, having compiled a career record of 166-132 with 111 complete games and 1,268 strikeouts.

Building the Set
December 7, 2019 from King of Prussia, PA - Card #26
We were up to 11 cards for our 1965 Topps set, and I honestly had it in mind that I wanted to purchase one fairly major "star" card during our remaining time at the Philadelphia Sportscard & Memorabilia Show inside the Valley Forge Casino.  The showroom floor was packed as we were now into the early afternoon and autograph guests were showing up every 15 minutes or so.  The PA announcer would call out ticket numbers in groups of 10 all while imploring collectors to back away from the entrance that led into the autograph signing area.

That was the backdrop when we came upon the table for MJW Collectibles out of Somerdale, NJ.  This dealer had a bunch of 1960s Topps binders spread out, and the sign on the 1965 Topps binder caught my eye - ALL CARDS $1.  And with Doug's help, I dug in.

I first determined I'd buy 10 cards, and then that went up to 15.  My only criteria was that the cards needed to be a good shape with four sharp corners.  Doug helped me pick the cards in best shape, especially when there were several of the same card to a page.  We were up to 14 cards and I needed one last card to reach our goal of 15.  Buhl ended up as our final pick and we had our 15 commons for $1 each.

The Card
Having been aware of Buhl's 1967 Topps card for a while, he always spooked me a little and I have to imagine it would have been tough to dig in against the 6'2" pitcher.  His four shutouts in 1959 gave him a seven-way tie for first place in the league with Roger Craig (#411), Burdette, Sam Jones, Don Drysdale (#260), Spahn and Johnny Antonelli.

Cubs Team Set

1965 Season
Buhl went 13-11 in 31 starts for the Cubs finishing behind Larry Jackson (#420) and Dick Ellsworth (#165) for the team lead in wins as the latter two pitchers both had 14.  His SABR biography points out that at 36 years old, Buhl was averaging only six innings per start and he clashed with manager Lou Klein.  He started only two games after August 27th, and got hit hard in both of them.  He finished the season with a 4.39 ERA, having pitched 184 1/3 innings.

Phillies Career
The Phillies acquired Buhl and Jackson from the Cubs on April 21, 1966 for prospects John Herrnstein (#534), Fergie Jenkins and Adolfo Phillips.  Jenkins of course would go on to enjoy a Hall of Fame career.  Buhl was used as a spot starter and long reliever all season, appearing in 32 games and making 18 starts.  He finished the year with a 6-8 record and a 4.77 ERA.  His best performance came on June 22nd when he pitched a complete game victory against his former team, the Braves.

Buhl appeared in only three games for the Phillies in 1967, pitching 2 2/3 innings with an ERA of 13.50.  The club released him on May 16, 1967, most likely the same time collectors were adding Buhl's only Phillies baseball card to their collections from packs of 1967 Topps.

1954 Topps #210
1956 Topps #244
1959 Topps #347
1961 Topps #145
1967 Topps #68
Other Notable Baseball Cards
First Mainstream Card:  1954 Topps #210
Topps Flagship Set Appearances (13):  1954, 1956-1967
Most Recent Mainstream Card:  1994 Topps Archives 1954 #210

68 - Buhl non-parallel baseball cards in the Beckett online database as of 12/28/19.

Sources:  
Baseball Reference
Beckett Database
The Phillies Room
SABR
The Trading Card Database

In some cases, the first and last cards listed above are subjective and chosen by me if multiple cards were released within the same year.  Most recent mainstream card may also be subjective and does not include extremely low serial numbered cards, buybacks or cut autograph cards.

Monday, February 17, 2020

#256 Tito Francona - St. Louis Cardinals


John Patsy Francona
St. Louis Cardinals
Outfield-First Base

Bats:  Left  Throws:  Left  Height:  5'11"  Weight:  190
Born:  November 4, 1933, Aliquippa, PA
Signed:  Signed by the St. Louis Browns as an amateur free agent before 1952 season
Major League Teams:  Baltimore Orioles 1956-1957; Chicago White Sox 1958; Detroit Tigers 1958; Cleveland Indians 1959-1964; St. Louis Cardinals 1965-1966; Philadelphia Phillies 1967; Atlanta Braves 1967-1969; Oakland Athletics 1969-1970; Milwaukee Brewers 1970
Died:  February 13, 2018, New Brighton, PA (age 84)

A journeyman bench player for most of his career, Tito Francona found his greatest success during the late 1950s/early 1960s with the Indians.  He was an All-Star in 1961, the year in which he hit his career high in RBIs with 85.  Francona batted a career high .363 over 122 games for the Indians in 1959 and led the league in doubles with 36 in 1960.  Over his 15-year career, Francona never appeared in the postseason.

October 6, 2016 - Tito throws out the first pitch as Terry looks on,
prior to Game 1 of the ALDS.
Francona was sold to the Cardinals in December 1964, beginning a six-season odyssey that would take him to the Phillies, Braves, Athletics and Brewers where he wrapped up his playing days in 1970.  In 1,719 career games, Francona amassed 1,395 hits, 125 home runs and 656 RBIs.

His son Terry played for 10 seasons in the Majors and went on to manage the Phillies, Red Sox and Indians.  Terry won two World Series titles with the Red Sox in 2004 and 2007, and took the Indians to the World Series in 2016 where they lost to the Cubs.

Building the Set
December 7, 2019 from King of Prussia, PA - Card #25
We were up to 11 cards for our 1965 Topps set, and I honestly had it in mind that I wanted to purchase one fairly major "star" card during our remaining time at the Philadelphia Sportscard & Memorabilia Show inside the Valley Forge Casino.  The showroom floor was packed as we were now into the early afternoon and autograph guests were showing up every 15 minutes or so.  The PA announcer would call out ticket numbers in groups of 10 all while imploring collectors to back away from the entrance that led into the autograph signing area.

That was the backdrop when we came upon the table for MJW Collectibles out of Somerdale, NJ.  This dealer had a bunch of 1960s Topps binders spread out, and the sign on the 1965 Topps binder caught my eye - ALL CARDS $1.  And with Doug's help, I dug in.

I first determined I'd buy 10 cards, and then that went up to 15.  My only criteria was that the cards needed to be a good shape with four sharp corners.  Doug helped me pick the cards in best shape, especially when there were several of the same card to a page.  We were up to 13 cards and I needed two more to reach our goal of 15.  Francona was an easy choice given his family's ties to the Phillies.

The Card
Francona is wearing an Indians jersey in this photo, as he had just been sold to the Cardinals on December 15, 1964.  The Cardinals, coming off their World Series victory, had established players in their line-up and Francona understood his role going forward was to be as a bench player.

I originally thought the cartoon figure on the back and to the right was just a guy in suit, but upon closer inspection it appears maybe it's a cardinal?  This card would show up again in a Topps flagship set as Topps used it on half of the Father-Son subset with Terry in its 1985 set.  Looking at Francona's success with the Indians and his better Topps cards between 1961 and 1964, I wonder now why Topps didn't go with one of those cards instead.

Cardinals Team Set

1965 Season
Francona appeared in 81 games for the Cardinals, serving primarily as a pinch-hitter and getting occasional starts in right field (31) and first base (11).  He hit .259 with 5 home runs and 19 RBIs.  He'd fill the same role for the Cardinals in 1966.

Phillies Career
On April 10, 1967, Francona was sold by the Cardinals to the Phillies.  In 27 games with the club, he hit .205 (15 for 73) with a double and three RBIs.  His services were needed solely for him to fill in at first for an injured Bill White (#190) and when White was activated in late May, Francona served only as a pinch-hitter or late inning defensive replacement.  With his playing time significantly decreased, the Phillies sold him to the Braves on June 12th, a little over two months after they had acquired him.

His very short tenure with the Phillies is memorialized on his 1967 Topps card.

1957 Topps #184
1961 Topps #503
1967 Topps #443
1970 Topps #663
1985 Topps #134
Other Notable Baseball Cards
First Mainstream Card:  1957 Topps #184
Topps Flagship Set Appearances (15):  1957-1970, 1985
Most Recent Mainstream Card:  2016 Topps Archives Fan Favorite Autographs #FFA-TIF

101 - Francona non-parallel baseball cards in the Beckett online database as of 12/28/19.

Sources:  
Baseball Reference
Beckett Database
The Phillies Room
SABR
The Trading Card Database

In some cases, the first and last cards listed above are subjective and chosen by me if multiple cards were released within the same year.  Most recent mainstream card may also be subjective and does not include extremely low serial numbered cards, buybacks or cut autograph cards.

Saturday, February 15, 2020

#246 Tom Butters - Pittsburgh Pirates


Thomas Arden Butters
Pittsburgh Pirates
Pitcher

Bats:  Right  Throws:  Right  Height:  6'2"  Weight:  195
Born:  April 8, 1938, Delaware, OH
Signed:  Signed by the Pittsburgh Pirates as an amateur free agent before 1957 season
Major League Teams:  Pittsburgh Pirates 1962-1965
Died:  March 31, 2016, Durham, NC (age 77)

It's guys like Tom Butters that make me glad I decided to collect this set and then start this blog about the set.  I had no idea that Butters became instrumental in the success of the Duke University basketball program as that university's athletic director between 1977 and 1997.  Responsible for the hiring of Mike Krzyzewski in 1980, Butters would have still been active during my college years as I was rooting against his Duke basketball teams as a member of Wake Forest's Screamin' Demons student section.  He began his career at Duke as their head baseball coach from 1968 to 1970, when he was only 29 years old.  We originally added his card to our set solely on the strength of his last name, and I'm glad I had the opportunity to learn more about his post-baseball career.

Tim Duncan vs. Duke, 1997
A one-time top pitching prospect for the Pirates, Butters had his baseball career cut short by a bad car accident in February 1965.  He was never the same after the accident and he retired as a player following a brief comeback attempt.  In parts of four seasons with the Pirates, Butters went 2-3 in 43 games (5 starts) with a 3.10 ERA.

Building the Set
December 7, 2019 from King of Prussia, PA - Card #24
We were up to 11 cards for our 1965 Topps set, and I honestly had it in mind that I wanted to purchase one fairly major "star" card during our remaining time at the Philadelphia Sportscard & Memorabilia Show inside the Valley Forge Casino.  The showroom floor was packed as we were now into the early afternoon and autograph guests were showing up every 15 minutes or so.  The PA announcer would call out ticket numbers in groups of 10 all while imploring collectors to back away from the entrance that led into the autograph signing area.

That was the backdrop when we came upon the table for MJW Collectibles out of Somerdale, NJ.  This dealer had a bunch of 1960s Topps binders spread out, and the sign on the 1965 Topps binder caught my eye - ALL CARDS $1.  And with Doug's help, I dug in.

I first determined I'd buy 10 cards, and then that went up to 15.  My only criteria was that the cards needed to be a good shape with four sharp corners.  Doug helped me pick the cards in best shape, especially when there were several of the same card to a page.  We were up to 12 cards and I needed 3 more to reach our goal of 15.  When I came across this card, for a player I had honestly never heard of before, I turned to Doug and said, "How could we ever pass up a card of someone named Tom Butters?"  He agreed.

The Card
Tom Butters shared Rookie Stars cards in the 1963 and 1964 Topps sets before getting his first (and final) solo card in the 1965 Topps set.  Butters' baseball future was still bright at the time this card was issued and the write-ups on the back celebrate his success in high school, American Legion ball and in the minors.  Both Butters and Bob "Buck" Rodgers (#342) grew up in Delaware, OH and both attended Ohio Wesleyan University, located in their hometown.  Butters must have pitched against Rodgers in high school.

Pirates Team Set

1965 Season
Following his car accident, Butters couldn't pitch without suffering severe headaches and vomiting.  He started the season on the disabled list, but was activated for five games in late April and early May.  After pitching nine innings and accumulating an ERA of 7.00, Butters was released by the Pirates.  He was invited back by the Pirates to spring training in 1966, but unable to pitch to his earlier abilities Butters retired from baseball.

1963 Topps #299
1964 Topps #74
Other Notable Baseball Cards
First Mainstream Card:  1963 Topps #299 (with Dave Morehead, Bob Dustal and Dan Schneider)
Topps Flagship Set Appearances (3):  1963-1965
Most Recent Mainstream Card:  1965 Topps #246

8 - Butters non-parallel baseball cards in the Beckett online database as of 12/28/19.

Sources:  
Baseball Reference
Beckett Database
Duke Athletics
SABR
The Trading Card Database

In some cases, the first and last cards listed above are subjective and chosen by me if multiple cards were released within the same year.  Most recent mainstream card may also be subjective and does not include extremely low serial numbered cards, buybacks or cut autograph cards.

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

#234 Chicago White Sox Team Card


Beginning in 1956 and going all the way through to 1981, with a one year absence in 1969, Topps included team cards in its flagship sets.

Building the Set
December 7, 2019 from King of Prussia, PA - Card #23
We were up to 11 cards for our 1965 Topps set, and I honestly had it in mind that I wanted to purchase one fairly major "star" card during our remaining time at the Philadelphia Sportscard & Memorabilia Show inside the Valley Forge Casino.  The showroom floor was packed as we were now into the early afternoon and autograph guests were showing up every 15 minutes or so.  The PA announcer would call out ticket numbers in groups of 10 all while imploring collectors to back away from the entrance that led into the autograph signing area.

So that was the backdrop when we came upon the table for MJW Collectibles out of Somerdale, NJ.  This dealer had a bunch of 1960s Topps binders spread out, and the sign on the 1965 Topps binder caught my eye - ALL CARDS $1.  So with Doug's help, I dug in.

I first determined I'd buy 10 cards, and then that went up to 15.  My only criteria was that the cards needed to be a good shape with four sharp corners.  Doug helped me pick the cards in best shape, especially when there were several of the same card to a page.  This White Sox team card was one of the 15 commons we added from MJW Collectibles.  I'm actually a little surprised a team card would be available for $1 among commons, but I'll take it.

1963 Topps #288
1964 Topps #496
1966 Topps #426
1967 Topps #573
The Card
I found the actual source for the photo used, and here's a listing of who is featured:


Topps re-used this same team photo for its 1966 and 1967 sets.  The back features every White Sox pitcher with a decision during the 1964 season, so only Fritz Ackley (#477) is left out as he went 0-0 in his 3 appearances.

1965 Season
For the third year in a row, the White Sox won at least 90 games but took second place in the American League, this time behind the Twins.  They finished seven games behind Minnesota with a record of 95-67, and chronic stomach ailments forced manager Al Lopez (#414) to step down at the end of the season.

The Chicago offense was paced by second baseman Don Buford (#81), right fielder Floyd Robinson (#345) and first baseman Bill Skowron (#70).  Buford led the team with a .283 average while Skowron led with 78 RBIs.   Skowron's 18 home runs tied for the team lead with catcher John Romano (#17).  Tommy John (#208) led the pitching staff with 14 wins and Joe Horlen (#480) went 13-13 with a 2.88 ERA.  The bullpen had a pair of strong closers with Eddie Fisher (#328) and Hoyt Wilhelm (#276).  Fisher saved 24 games with a 2.40 ERA to Wilhelm's 21 saves and a 1.81 ERA.

Update Cards
For each team card featured, I'll be building a checklist of cards that could have been included in a 1965 Topps update set for that team.
  • John Romano - The everyday catcher for the White Sox, he appears with the Indians in the set in series one (#17) as he was acquired on January 20th.
  • Ken Berry - Berry was the regular center fielder and while he appears on a Rookie Stars card (#368), I'd give him his own card in the update set.
  • Gene Freese - Freese is featured in the set with the Pirates (#492) the team from which the White Sox acquired him on August 23rd.
  • Tommie Agee - Acquired with Romano and John in the January 20th trade, Agee appears with the Indians on a Rookie Stars card (#166).
  • Bruce Howard - The team's fifth starter had a Rookie Stars appearance (#41) in the set.
  • Frank Lary - The reliever was acquired from the Mets on July 8th and he appears in the set with the Braves (#127).
Sources
Baseball Reference

Monday, February 10, 2020

#224 Bob Chance - Washington Senators


Robert Chance
Washington Senators
First Base

Bats:  Left  Throws:  Right  Height:  6'2"  Weight:  215
Born:  September 10, 1940, Statesboro, GA
Signed:  Signed by the San Francisco Giants as an amateur free agent before 1961 season
Major League Teams:  Cleveland Indians 1963-1964; Washington Senators 1965-1967; California Angels 1969
Died:  October 3, 2013, Charleston, WV (age 73)

Bob Chance was the first baseman on Topps' 1964 All-Star Rookie team due to his excellent rookie campaign with the Indians.  He had previously been named the Eastern League MVP in 1963.  In 120 games in 1964, Chance hit .279 with 14 home runs and 75 RBIs.  It was to be his most successful season in the Majors and following the season he was dealt to the Senators with Woodie Held (#336) for Chuck Hinton (#235).

In parts of six big league seasons, Chance played in 277 games and hit .261 with 24 home runs.  He finished up his professional career with two seasons in Japan playing for the Sankei/Yakult Atoms in 1969 and 1970.

Building the Set
December 7, 2019 from King of Prussia, PA - Card #22
We were up to 11 cards for our 1965 Topps set, and I honestly had it in mind that I wanted to purchase one fairly major "star" card during our remaining time at the Philadelphia Sportscard & Memorabilia Show inside the Valley Forge Casino.  The showroom floor was packed as we were now into the early afternoon and autograph guests were showing up every 15 minutes or so.  The PA announcer would call out ticket numbers in groups of 10 all while imploring collectors to back away from the entrance that led into the autograph signing area.

That was the backdrop when we came upon the table for MJW Collectibles out of Somerdale, NJ.  This dealer had a bunch of 1960s Topps binders spread out, and the sign on the 1965 Topps binder caught my eye - ALL CARDS $1.  And with Doug's help, I dug in.

I first determined I'd buy 10 cards, and then that went up to 15.  My only criteria was that the cards needed to be a good shape with four sharp corners.  Doug helped me pick the cards in best shape, especially when there were several of the same card to a page.  This Chance card was one of the 15 commons we added from MJW Collectibles.  Some were fairly random additions, and others had some meaning to me and I'll feature each of the cards acquired in upcoming posts.

The Card
Topps didn't mess around with its All-Star Rookie trophy in the 1960s, as it's the centerpiece of the front of the card.  Chance is clearly wearing an Indians uniform here, but his trade happened early enough in the offseason (December 1st) for Topps to be able to update his team designation and to mention the deal on the back of the card.

Either Chance's nickname in 1964 was Chuck, or the more likely scenario is that the cartoonist got confused and had Hinton on the mind when adding the "Chuck Sent Us" sign.  That must be the case as otherwise the small cartoon in the upper right-hand corner doesn't make any sense.  His 75 RBIs in 1964 were a distant second on the Indians behind Leon Wagner (#367) who had 100.

1965 Season
In his first season with the Senators, Chance appeared in 72 games and batted .256 with 4 home runs and 14 RBIs.  The Senators finished in eighth place in the A.L. under the guidance of manager Gil Hodges (#99).  Chance and Joe Cunningham (#496) shared the starting first base duties for the first part of the season, but then Chance missed two months in July and August and spent a little bit of time playing for the Hawaii Islanders, the top farm club for the Indians.

1964 Topps #146
1966 Topps #564
1967 Topps #349
1969 Topps #523
Other Notable Baseball Cards
First Mainstream Card:  1964 Topps #146 (with Tommy John)
Topps Flagship Set Appearances (5):  1964-1967, 1969
Most Recent Mainstream Card:  1978 TCMA The 1960s I #82

16 - Chance non-parallel baseball cards in the Beckett online database as of 12/27/19.

Sources:  
Baseball Reference
Beckett Database
The Trading Card Database

In some cases, the first and last cards listed above are subjective and chosen by me if multiple cards were released within the same year.  Most recent mainstream card may also be subjective and does not include extremely low serial numbered cards, buybacks or cut autograph cards.

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

#196 Ron Fairly - Los Angeles Dodgers


Ronald Ray Fairly
Los Angeles Dodgers
First Base-Outfield

Bats:  Left  Throws:  Left  Height:  5'10"  Weight:  175
Born:  July 12, 1938, Macon, GA
Signed:  Signed by the Los Angeles Dodgers as an amateur free agent, June 24, 1958
Major League Teams:  Los Angeles Dodgers 1958-1969; Montreal Expos 1969-1974; St. Louis Cardinals 1975-1976; Oakland Athletics 1976; Toronto Blue Jays 1977; California Angels 1978
Died:  October 30, 2019, Palm Desert, CA (age 81)

There are players from the 1960s and 1970s that I know little to nothing about, but I know I should learn about them.  Ron Fairly was one of those players.  He played for an incredible 21 seasons, accumulating 215 home runs and a .266 average over 2,442 games.  He appeared in every Topps flagship release for the entire decade of the 1960s and the 1970s, and I'm very curious to know if anyone else accomplished that feat.  He served as a broadcaster for the Angels, Giants and Mariners between 1979 and 2006, meaning he was active in Major League baseball for 48 seasons.

Fairly won three World Series rings with the Dodgers in 1959, 1963 and 1965.  But his best seasons came later in his career with the expansion Expos, and he was named to his first All-Star team in 1973 at the age of 34.  He hit his career high mark for home runs with 17 in both 1972 and 1973.  He earned his second All-Star nod in 1977 for the Blue Jays, becoming the first All-Star in that franchise's history.  Fairly accumulated 1,913 career hits and 1,044 RBIs over his career and he was the oldest player in the Majors at 39 in 1978 when he retired.

Building the Set
December 7, 2019 from King of Prussia, PA - Card #21
We were up to 11 cards for our 1965 Topps set, and I honestly had it in mind that I wanted to purchase one fairly major "star" card during our remaining time at the Philadelphia Sportscard & Memorabilia Show inside the Valley Forge Casino.  The showroom floor was packed as we were now into the early afternoon and autograph guests were showing up every 15 minutes or so.  The PA announcer would call out ticket numbers in groups of 10 all while imploring collectors to back away from the entrance that led into the autograph signing area.

That was the backdrop when we came upon the table for MJW Collectibles out of Somerdale, NJ.  This dealer had a bunch of 1960s Topps binders spread out, and the sign on the 1965 Topps binder caught my eye - ALL CARDS $1.  And with Doug's help, I dug in.

I first determined I'd buy 10 cards, and then that went up to 15.  My only criteria was that the cards needed to be a good shape with four sharp corners.  Doug helped me pick the cards in best shape, especially when there were several of the same card to a page.  This Fairly card was one of the 15 commons we added from MJW Collectibles.  Some were fairly random additions, and others had some meaning to me and I'll feature each of the cards acquired in upcoming posts.

The Card
The position designation on Fairly's card is a little outdated for his 1965 card, as he only played first base during the 1964 season.  He had split time between the two positions in 1963, and he'd serve primarily as an outfielder in 1965.  The back of the card plays up Fairly's fielding, and he was known as a good defender at both first base and in the outfield.

Dodgers Team Set

1965 Season
Fairly was the Dodgers' primary right fielder during their World Series winning season, their third title in seven seasons.  He patrolled the outfield along with Lou Johnson in left and Willie Davis (#435) in center and he started 12 games at first whenever regular first baseman Wes Parker (#344) was in need of a day off.  Fairly most often hit eighth in the Dodgers line-up, but led the team with 70 RBIs.

In 158 games, he hit .274 with 9 home runs.  Fairly was one of the team's best hitters in the World Series against the Twins, hitting .379 (11 for 29) with two home runs and six RBIs.

1959 Topps #125
1963 Topps #105
1972 Topps #405
1975 Topps #270
1979 Topps #580
Other Notable Baseball Cards
First Mainstream Card:  1959 Topps #125
Topps Flagship Set Appearances (21):  1959-1979
Most Recent Mainstream Card:  2001 Upper Deck Decade 1970s #131

119 - Fairly non-parallel baseball cards in the Beckett online database as of 12/27/19.

Sources:  
Baseball Reference
Beckett Database
SABR
The Trading Card Database

In some cases, the first and last cards listed above are subjective and chosen by me if multiple cards were released within the same year.  Most recent mainstream card may also be subjective and does not include extremely low serial numbered cards, buybacks or cut autograph cards.