Friday, January 25, 2013

Airbrushed Fridays: 1974 Topps #485

Nice response so far to the (free-ish) Guilt-Free Basketball Card Club - we've got 8 people signed up so far. I promise that I won't post any more about the NBA for at least two more days. So... what's going on in baseball? No pitchers... no catchers... hmm... something something Uptons... something about a new set coming out soon?

Who is this week's victim, and why do we care? Felipe Alou was a three-time All-Star outfielder and member of one of the more famous baseball families. He had two brothers who were also prominent big league outfielders and is the father of Moises Alou, who himself was a six-time All-Star who primarily played in the outfield. Felipe Alou managed the Expos for a decade and also managed the Giants before retiring.

Why is this a thing? Montreal was one of Felipe's final stops of his 17 year career as he spent just a month with the club in the waning days of the 1973 season, after being waived by the Yankees. You can see his Yankee pinstripes on this card, although they almost look like they're drawn on. His card uses the classic "cap tilted towards the sky" look that many cards of the era wear. While this probably wasn't airbrushed in any way, I think I've bent the rules around here enough to warrant posting one of these as an example of Topps tomfoolery.

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 scratched up Aerosmith CD, but you never know!

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