’69 & ’70 Bobby Tolan

Here are a couple of alternate designs for the 1969 and 1970 Topps Bobby Tolan cards.

Tolan came to Cincy in 1969 as part of the Vada Pinson trade with the Cards. He was there during the formative years of the Big Red Machine, often hitting right behind Pete Rose. He lead the league in steals in 1970, and was the only other player to do that during Lou Brock’s reign from 1966 to 1974. In 1971, he tore his ACL playing basketball (which was a violation of his contract).

Tolan grew a beard in ’73 and was suspended by the team. That off-season, the Reds traded him to the Padres for Clay Kirby.

I added a re-design of the 1970 Tolan card. I changed the gray border to red and switched the font & font color on the team name.

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  1. I like the photo choices, especially the 1970 with Pete right behind him. Nice quality images.
    I liked Tolan. I didn’t know about his career details that you mention here (ACL, beard). I thought he was a better than average player.
    The pic on the ’70 card must be from the 1970 World Series going by the background. Niiiice!
    The red border is a nice touch.

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