Craig Mobley posted this Fred Lynn card of 1975 recently on the APBA Baseball group on Facebook. I looked back in the archives and while I have featured Lynn’s 1979 card, I never got around to his signature 1975 APBA card.
Lynn had a fantastic season in his rookie year in ‘75. He batted .331 while driving home 103 runs on 21 homeruns. He led the AL with 103 runs and 47 doubles. His .566 slugging percentage paced the league too. His stats were good enough to garner the Rookie of the Year as well as MVP in the AL in 1975.
Lynn had a part in the celebrated Game 4 of the 1975 World Series against the Cincinnati Reds. In the first inning, he hit a three-run homer to put the Red Sox ahead. That set the stage for Carlton Fisk’s famous homer 11 innings later.
This is a SOLID card especially when you consider the era it comes. With its balance of hitting and pitching, the 1970s were not known for monster cards for full-timers. Even with only 21 homers, 1975 Lynn is a tough cookie.
We don’t see too many hitters with three 6s but Lynn’s league-leading 47 doubles help pull this off with nifty power numbers 1-3-6-6-6. Thanks to his batting average of .331, Lynn even gets a 55-7 plus a 15-10. His four 14s are gravy on top of that.
If all of that weren’t enough, Lynn has a Fast rating and is of course rated as a OF-3.
Note: APBA put the 12 at 53 in the original 1975 set so Lynn is blessed with a somewhat odd 21-16.
Thanks, Craig! If anyone sees Craig online, ask him how his experiment with the Master Game went (keep it up, Craig!)