Friday, May 24, 2013
Airbrushed Fridays: 1985 Topps #535
I've got a little bit of a milestone coming up soon and a little bit of a giveaway to go along with it. Oops, I may have said too much.
Who is this week's victim, and why do we care? Pat Putnam was a first baseman who played in parts of eight major league seasons over the course of his career. He finished fourth in ROY voting in 1979 as a member of the Rangers and had a few productive if unspectacular seasons with the bat.
Why is this a thing? After spending most of his career in the Rangers organization, Putnam was traded to the Mariners prior to the start of the 1983 season. He'd spend most of his final two seasons there, before a late season deal brought him to Minnesota. Topps only had 14 games to capture Putnam in action with the Twins, and failed to do so, settling for this ghostly image of Putnam in... heaven?
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 copy of Dustin Diamond's "Behind the Bell", but you never know!