Friday, June 15, 2012

Airbrushed Fridays: 1974 Topps Traded #270T


Here it is: the triumphant return of Airbrushed Fridays after a bit of a layoff. The layoff itself wasn't intentional, but the regular Friday posts were the first thing I consciously let go of when I realized this whole blog thing needed a reboot. I haven't quite hit the reset button yet, but some more subtle changes are in the offing that hopefully will lead to me getting back to what I always wanted to do here: get rid of cards while I acquire things I enjoy.

Who is this week's victim, and why do we care? Ron Santo was a nine-time All-Star catcher third baseman and Cubs lifer. That's about to be slightly disproven by the existence of this card, however. Santo was revered as a longtime team broadcaster as well, and he will be inducted into the Hall this year.


Why does this card exist? Ron Santo was traded in a deal that saw current White Sox broadcaster (and former longtime Cubs broadcaster) Steve Stone head across town in the opposite direction. Santo would struggle through his worst season as a pro before calling it quits. It's also easy to forget that the White Sox had orange hats at one point. I wonder if they'll make a return someday during a retro game?

Airbrushed Fridays is a regular, weekly feature as the name seems to imply. If you know of a card with an altered photograph that you'd like to see featured, please contact me. You probably won't win anything other than a hyperlink and a stack of David Wright "Topps of the Class" filler cards, but you never know!

4 comments:

Jeff Wilk said...

Orange? I don't recall orange ever being a color in the Sox uni history. I think that's just a crappy shade of red in the shoppage.

Hackenbush said...

Not to pile on but yes, those hats were red, more like the Phillies than the Astros. The White Sox are wearing their red uni's this year, I think on Sundays or at least on some throwback day or another. I still like them better than the current black. I have to own the White Sox Santo cards since he's my favorite player but he had a miserable time on the South Side. He retired with a guaranteed 1976 contract on the table for a considerable sum just to get out of there.

Jeff said...

Santo wasn't a catcher.

madding said...

Just jokes guys! Except, er, saying that Santo was a catcher. That's no joke.