Fun Cards: “Baseball Immortals” Robin Yount
Nolan Ryan, George Brett, and Robin Yount were all first-ballot inductees in 1999. Never before had the BBWAA elected as many first-timers, with the exception of 1936 when everyone on the ballot was a first-timer. The feat has been repeated twice (so far), in 2014 (Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine, and Frank Thomas) and 2015 (Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, and John Smoltz). While Jim Thome and Chipper Jones appear to be first-ballot locks this year, they are not likely to be joined by Scott Rolen.
If you hadn’t noticed, the three cards of the BBWAA’s selections borrow the color scheme from 1975 Topps. With Ryan and Brett, they were exact copies, but with Yount I had to flip the light and dark colors as the name and position would have been difficult to read on the dark brown. This is not the first time I have used the 1975 color palette, nor will it be the last, but as we are moving further away from that year there will be fewer players who appeared in the 1975 set.