These 1972 Topps Baseball Cards Won’t Inspire Wonder or Creativity

A handful of singles from 1972 Topps Baseball recently landed in my mailbox. Flipping through them, they all shared one thing in common: an awkward photo. I haven't had a ton of cards from this set in the past so I'm not sure if this is the same with most of the set or just some cardboard coincidence. Either way, here's some awkward mugs put to a classic art deco design.

175 Tom Haller
1972 Topps Baseball 175 Tom Haller

Forget looking into the camera. Haller is looking all deep and intellectual as he ponders the meaning of life, why the sky is blue and something so terrible it makes him wince just a little bit.

1972 Topps Baseball 181 Ed Kranepool
1972 Topps Baseball 181 Ed Kranepool

Of the lot, this one shows someone who was at least ready for the shutter. Too bad his forced smile was channelled from his Grade 9 class photo.

196 Mel Queen
1972 Topps Baseball 196 Mel Queen

Queen's expression of surprise seems more suited for a guy walking to the curb in his flannel housecoat for the morning paper and being ambushed by some creeper with a camera hiding in the shrubs.

1972 Topps Baseball 201 Phil Roof
1972 Topps Baseball 201 Phil Roof

Another one of those staring off into nowhere photos. Add to that either a windy day or the tragedy known as picture before a haircut and you've got a card that's tipping toward "awkward" on the "Awkward or Not Awkward" Scale of Baseball Card Photographs.

1972 Topps Baseball 202 Scipio Spinks
1972 Topps Baseball 202 Scipio Spinks

Unlike Tom and Phil, Scipio (for his sake I hope it wasn't pronounced 'Skippy-o') is watching a bird circle overhead, hoping that he doesn't decide to drop a birdy bomb on his shoulder.

1972 Topps Baseball 210 Denny McLain
1972 Topps Baseball 210 Denny McLain

Finally, we have Denny McLain who looks like he's had a rough night on the town and is ready to go off on anybody who gives him the chance.

Of course, there are likely plenty more questionable pics in the set. These are just a few that I've crossed paths with. What are some of your favorite awkward baseball card photos?

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