Friday, March 2, 2012

Airbrushed Fridays: 1976 Topps #34

Throughout my time in school, I would find that I could write a three to five page paper in about 10-15 minutes, except for the introduction and conclusion. It seems like an intro should be the easiest part in some respects, but I would agonize over the task and just stare at a mostly blank screen for several hours without being able to come up with anything. I'm not sure why that is. I see it creep over into the blog from time to time (and even into my professional life), which is why this intro has nothing to do with anything.

Mike Garman was a right-handed relief pitcher who spent nine fairly competent seasons with five major league teams, notching 42 career saves in 303 total appearances over the course of his career.

Why did Topps airbrush Mike's photo? Garman was traded by the Cardinals to the Cubs for Don Kessinger shortly after the previous World Series, in a move that was just slightly less significant than the Brock for Broglio deal. Topps attempted to capture Garman in his new gear even though he hadn't suited up with the Small Bears yet.

What's wrong with this picture, anyway? This airbrushing is so ridiculous that I'm not actually sure Garman was even originally wearing a hat or what's trying to be a collared shirt.

If you are interested in obtaining a card featured here, 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:

topher (Crackin Wax/Varsity Trading Cards) said...

Yeesh. That airbrushing is BEYOND obvious. It's almost... felonious!