As part of the celebration of the 70th anniversary of Topps baseball cards, we've asked fans (as well as our staff) to submit their all-time favorite baseball cards, and we've broken them down by team. We'll be revealing submissions regularly throughout the season, ranging from the famous to the weird, and everything in between.
To begin the series we'll be looking at one iconic card from each team.
Iconic Indians card: Oscar Gamble, 1975 Topps
If there was a Mount Rushmore dedicated to memorable Major League Baseball hairstyles, Gamble’s giant afro would be a strong contender to make the cut.
Gamble’s 1976 Topps card, which depicted the outfielder with the Yankees, is undoubtedly his most famous. But Cleveland fans might prefer the '75 version, which also captures Gamble’s afro in all its glory, spilling out from beneath an Indians cap.
Jack Efta, who spent 40 years with the Indians as an umpires-room attendant, submitted Gamble’s 1975 card as his all-time favorite.
“Without a doubt one of the best ‘do’s’ in baseball history,” Efta wrote.
It was also submitted by fan Jerry DiCarro, who wrote:
“I remember getting this card as a youth thinking he was wearing Mickey Mouse ears.”
Gamble spent three seasons with the Tribe, hitting .274 with 54 homers and an .815 OPS (131 OPS+) in 369 games before being traded to the Yankees for right-hander Pat Dobson in 1975.