Friday, March 26, 2010

Airbrushed Fridays: 1986 Topps Traded #124T

I'm not really much of a mustache guy, but if you have the ability to grow a thick white mustache, you must be onto something. Besides, who am I to argue with Dick Williams?

Speaking of which, Dick Williams was an outfielder, corner infielder and a manager whose career spanned three decades. He was frequently outspoken and never seemed to last for more than a few years with any team he played for or managed. He did win two titles with Oakland in the early '70s, but I'll always remember him for his mustache.

Why did Topps airbrush Dick's photo? Dick took over the Seattle job about a month into the season, and managers are primarily found lurking in the dugout rather than out in the shiny sun (unless arguing a call), apparently providing for few photo ops while donning the M's trident.

What's wrong with this card, anyway? The trident logo appears to be someone's "interpretation" of how a Mariners logo might look, rather than the real thing. Additionally, I know this was 1986 and all, but I think Williams might be wearing a snuggy, or at least that's what the artist had envisioned.

(If you are interested in obtaining a card featured here - but not this one - please send me an e-mail. If you have a card you would like to nominate for Airbrushed Fridays, please get in touch as well. I will require that I am able to see the card in person, either on loan or as a donation, so that I can examine the card and experience it in all its cruddiness.)

1 comment:

--David said...

I have to agree - that is an awful job of airbrushing when you stop and look at it. Ouch!