Friday, September 26, 2014

Airbrushed Fridays: 1976 Topps Traded #385T

The final weekend of regular season baseball is upon us. Also, Derek Jeter did something.

Who is he? Mickey Lolich is one of the Detroit Tigers all-time greats. He was a three-time All-Star pitcher and World Series MVP in 1968 as part of a hard-fought series with the Cardinals where he won 3 games. He still holds a number of Tigers team records and is one of the more prominent southpaw hurlers in big league history.

How did he get here? Lolich's career was in decline when the Tigers decided to trade him in a 4-player swap that saw Rusty Staub head to the Motor City. He struggled in his only season with the Mets, eventually retiring before a two season comeback with the Padres.

Repeat offender? No

Other versions of this card: Here's his regular 1976 Topps card, an action shot.

Airbrushed Score: 8

Comments: Anything with a glowing blue cap is going to rank an 8 or higher. Not even a wax stain could bring this one down.

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