Friday, December 21, 2012
Airbrushed Fridays: 1969 Topps #137
Is the world over yet? Does Blogger even exist now? Are there any more internets? Hellfire and brimstone, etc. Oh, and happy holidays!
Who is this week's victim, and why do we care? Wally Bunker was a right-handed starting pitcher who spent 9 seasons in the majors, winning a World Series with the Orioles in 1966. The sinkerballer broke into the league at just 18 years of age, but by age 26 he was already finished due to ineffectiveness caused by those always pesky "arm troubles".
Why does this card exist? Kansas City was awarded a baseball franchise that began play in 1969 and they made Wally Bunker one of their expansion draft picks. Bunker became their de facto ace in his first season with the Royals, and he was one of a number of logo-less hatted players to appear in the Topps set that year.
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 lump of coal in your stocking, but you never know!