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1970 MVPs (Boog Powell/Johnny Bench)

1975 Topps

John Wesley “Boog” Powell (August 17, 1941-) led the International League in home run sin 1961 prior to joining the Baltimore Orioles and went on to become the Orioles career home run leader at the time of his retirement. Though Powell began his career as a slow-footed outfielder, he achieved his greatest success at first base and at the plate as one half of the Orioles one-two punch with Frank Robinson. He led the American League in 1964 in slugging percentage and was named to four AL All-Star teams. Powell helped lead the Orioles to four World Series from 1966 to 1971 capturing the 1966 and 1970 championships. In 1969, Boog enjoyed his best season as he batted .304 with 162 hits including 37 home runs and drove in 121 runs. He played 17 seasons in the Majors, primarily at first base, with the Orioles (1961-1974), the Cleveland Indians (1975-1976) and the Los Angeles Dodgers (1977). Boog hit 20 or more home runs in nine seasons including four with 30 or more. IN 1970, as Powell led Baltimore to their second World Series title in five years, he earned the AL Most Valuable Player Award after batting .297 with 35 home runs and 114 RBI. For as big of a man as Powell was, at 6’4” and 230 lbs., he displayed exceptional ability stretch and dig balls out of the dirt at first base, posting a .991 career fielding percentage. Boog Powell finished his career with a .266 career batting average with 1,776 hits including 270 doubles and 339 home runs, scored 889 runs and drove in 1,187 runs over 17 seasons.

Johnny Lee Bench (December 7, 1947-) is considered to be amongst the greatest catchers that Major League Baseball has ever seen and was the team leader that led the Cincinnati Reds "Big Red Machine" to back-to-back World Series titles in 1975 and 1976. Bench was a smart ballplayer, with an exceptional work ethic, who starred for his high school baseball and basketball teams and was named class valedictorian in his senior year. The Cincinnati Reds then took Johnny with the 36th overall pick of the 1965 MLB Amateur Draft. He spent two seasons with the Buffalo Bisons before getting the call-up to the big leagues. In 1968, Bench hit .275 with 15 home runs and 82 RBI to win the National League’s Rookie of the Year Award and his first All-Star selection while also posting a .991 fielding percentage and a 47% caught stealing percentage to win his first Rawlings Golden Glove. These accolades were early signs of what was to come. He won ten consecutive Gold Gloves behind the plate, second only to Ivan Rodriquez who won 13. In 1969, he set the single season caught stealing percentage record gunning down 57% of the opponent’s would-be base stealers and also posted a .992 fielding percentage. That same year, at the plate, Johnny led the NL with 45 home runs and 148 RBI while batting .293 to win the NL Most Valuable Player Award. Two years later, he would repeat as NL MVP, again leading the National League in home runs (40) and RBI (125) as well as throwing out 56% of the opposition’s base runners – second all-time in single season caught stealing percentage.

Bench led a host of All-Stars and future Hall of Famers like Pete Rose, Dave Concepcion, Ken Griffey, Tony Perez, Joe Morgan and George Foster during the 1970s, helping the Reds reach the World Series four times (1970, 1972, 1975, 1976). The potent, well-oiled offense of Cincinnati earned the moniker "Big Red Machine" and could beat you with power or manufacture runs. The Reds beat the Boston Red Sox four-games-to-three in what is considered one of the greatest World Series in history and then repeated as champions in 1976, sweeping the New York Yankees. The 14-time MLB All-Star was named the 1976 World Series MVP after batting .533 with two homers and six RBI in four games. Johnny Bench was the Cincinnati Reds catcher for 17 seasons (1967-1983) and was formidable hitter at the plate as he posted a .267 career batting average with 389 home runs and 1,376 RBI. Bench also finished his career with a .990 fielding percentage behind the plate, winning 10 Gold Gloves, and gunning down 44% of the would-be base stealers. Johnny Bench popularized the one-handed style of catching that is commonplace in the game today. Johnny Lee Bench was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1989. Since retiring, Bench has remained active in sports even attempting a run at the Senior PGA Tour after turning fifty. The Sporting News ranked him #16 on the "100 Greatest Baseball Players" list.

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 GEM MT 10
1 GEM MT 10
1 GEM MT 10
1 GEM MT 10
1 GEM MT 10
2 MINT 9 (56)

Prices By Grade

1975 TOPPS 208 1970-MVP'S BOOG POWELL/JOHNNY BENCH

Grade Most Recent Price Average Price PSA Price Population POP Higher
GEM - MT 10 $705.00 $850.00 5
MINT 9 $177.50 $177.50 $85.00 56 5
NM - MT 8 $45.00 $45.43 $8.00 358 73
NM 7 $42.00 $12.31 $4.00 138 438
EX - MT 6 $5.99 34 577
EX 5 $5.50 20 612
VG - EX 4 4 632
VG 3 2 636
GOOD 2 638
FR 1.5 638
PR 1 638
Auth 638

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