Willie McCovey Cards: A Career in Cardboard

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At the plate, Willie McCovey was a monster. Whenever he stepped up, anything could happen. Over the course of a career that lasted more than two decades, Stretch became one of the greatest hitters baseball has ever seen. His career numbers include 521 home runs, 1,555 RBI, .889 OPS and a 64.5 WAR. Needless to say, Willie McCovey cards remain favorites for many from the 1960s and ’70s.

1960 Topps Willie McCovey

But McCovey was more than a massive presence on the field. He was regarded as a leader off of it. In the decades since his retirement, he acted as a mentor for many Giants coming up and remained active with the team where he could.

For collectors, there are thousands of different Willie McCovey cards out there. That said, the vast majority of those have come after his retirement and include plenty of parallels. The most iconic Willie McCovey cards are those that came out while he was playing. His career lines up perfectly to showcase the sets and designs of the ’60s and ’70s. It starts with his Rookie Card in 1960 Topps Baseball and ends with his final card from 1981 Fleer.

Willie McCovey Vintage Cards Gallery

The following gallery covers the main Willie McCovey cards released during his career from Topps (and a hint of Fleer at the end). It’s limited to only his main player card from each year and not subsets, inserts or other issues.

1960 Topps Willie McCovey RC #316


1960 Topps Willie McCovey



1961 Topps Willie McCovey #517




1962 Topps Willie McCovey SP #544


1962 Topps Willie McCovey



1963 Topps Willie McCovey #490




1964 Topps Willie McCovey #350




1965 Topps Willie McCovey #176




1966 Topps Willie McCovey SP #550




1967 Topps Willie McCovey #480




1968 Topps Willie McCovey #290




1969 Topps Willie McCovey #440


1969 Topps Willie McCovey



1970 Topps Willie McCovey #250


1970 Topps Willie McCovey


1970 Topps Willie McCovey Reverse


1971 Topps Willie McCovey #50


1971 Topps Willie McCovey



1972 Topps Willie McCovey #280




1973 Topps Willie McCovey #410




1974 Topps Willie McCovey #250


1974 Topps Willie McCovey



1975 Topps Willie McCovey #450




1976 Topps Willie McCovey #520




1977 Topps Willie McCovey #547




1978 Topps Willie McCovey #34




1979 Topps Willie McCovey #215




1980 Topps Willie McCovey #335


1980 Topps Willie McCovey



1981 Fleer Willie McCovey #434


Willie McCovey Cards - 1981 Fleer



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Ryan Cracknell

A collector for much of his life, Ryan focuses primarily on building sets, Montreal Expos and interesting cards. He's also got one of the most comprehensive collections of John Jaha cards in existence (not that there are a lot of them). Got a question, story idea or want to get in touch? You can reach him by email and through Twitter @tradercracks.

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