For the longest time I thought this was one of those "special cards."
I didn't realize it was Aaron's regular-issue card for 1974. As the No. 1 card in the set it is a nice tribute to the New All-Time Home Run King.
Then I looked at the back.
At the end of 1973, Aaron had 713 homers, one shy of tying Babe Ruth and two short of becoming the king. It wasn't until April 8, 1974, that Aaron would surpass the Babe.
Did Topps prematurely inaugurate Aaron the Home Run King?
Was this card produced in a series that was made after the season started?
I know someone out there knows the answers.