Friday, June 28, 2013

Airbrushed Fridays: 1976 Topps Traded #579T

The weekend is nearly upon us, and by the time the weekend is over, the month June will be over. When June is over, we're pretty much at the midway point in the baseball season. Summer, hot dogs, waverunners, Otter Pops... those things are all happening, folks! What happened to this year? I haven't even figured out what my summer project is going to be. There probably won't be a summer project at this point. That would be a shame.

Who is this week's victim, and why do we care? Clay Kirby is a repeat offender. You can read about him here. He did not live long, but he had the great fortune to be a Major League Baseball player and have his own baseball cards to document his legacy, which is a pretty cool thing if you ask me.

Why is this a thing? When we left off last, Kirby was appearing on a card from 1974 as an airbrushed Red. He'd spend two seasons in total with Cincy before he'd head to Montreal for his final stop in the bigs, swapped for one Bob Bailey. The Expos released him after a single season, and he would spend one last season in AAA before hanging it up.

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 Jeffrey Loria bumper sticker, but you never know!

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