Friday, August 17, 2012

Airbrushed Fridays: 1974 Topps Traded #649T

I thought today's card represented the so-called dog days of summer pretty well. There's nothing that says "meh" more than this moppy-headed, mustachioed man from the '70s ballfields, except for maybe that U.S. gymnastic girl.

Who is this week's victim, and why do we care? Fernando Gonzalez was a utility guy who spent 6 seasons in the majors with four teams, including two stints with the Pirates. After his second tour in Pittsburgh, he was shipped to San Diego where he became Ozzie Smith's double play partner during the Wizard's rookie season.

Why does this card exist? It was after Gonzalez's first run with the Bucs that he traded to the Royals in a deal that involved master bubble-blower Kurt Bevacqua. Topps gave our man an electric blue collar, but decided his Pirate teammates in the background could stay in their original colors.

Airbrushed Fridays is a 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 "1/1" sketch card of your favorite player as illustrated by someone with no more than a 2nd grade art class level of talent, but you never know!

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