Friday, December 18, 2009

Airbrushed Fridays: 1975 Topps #349


First off, I just wanted to remind everyone about my contest. The deadline is tomorrow before the first bowl game of the season.

Ray Sadecki was a 20-game winner and key component of the 1964 Cardinals title-winning team. If you haven't read David Halberstam's amazing book October 1964, you should go out and buy yourself a Christmas present this weekend and pick it up. It's great, even if you don't like the Cardinals or the Yankees.

Why did Topps airbrush Ray's photo? Sadecki had spent the last 9 seasons with the Giants and Mets and was traded shortly after the 1974 season ended back to the Cardinals. He only lasted for 8 appearances before being sent to the Braves and later the Royals that season.

What's wrong with this picture, anyway? What the heck did they do to Ray Sadecki? Nevermind. Ray Sadecki wants you to enter my contest!

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