Friday, December 3, 2010

Airbrushed Fridays: 1976 Topps #301

Jackie Brown is a 1997 American crime film written and directed by Quentin Tarantino. It is an adaptation of the novel Rum Punch by American novelist Elmore Leonard and pays homage to 1970's blaxploitation films. The film stars Pam Grier, Robert Forster, Robert De Niro, Samuel L. Jackson, Bridget Fonda and Michael Keaton. It was Tarantino's third film following his successes with Reservoir Dogs (1992) and Pulp Fiction (1994). (Thanks, Wikipedia.)

Jackie Brown was a right-handed starting pitcher and part time reliever who spent the majority of his major league career with the Washington Senators (later the Rangers) franchise. He ended his career early at age 34, after spending his final season making 25 starts with the fledgling Montreal Expos. Brown later became a coach at many different levels of professional baseball including stints in the big leagues spanning four decades.

Why did Topps airbrush Jackie's photo? Jackie was a midseason pickup for Cleveland in 1975, part of a package that was swapped for Gaylord Perry.

What's wrong with this picture, anyway? It's not Pam Grier.

If you are interested in obtaining a card featured here, please send me an e-mail. If you have a card you would like to nominate for Airbrushed Fridays, please get in touch as well. I will require that I am able to see the card in person, either on loan or as a donation, so that I can examine the card and experience it in all its cruddiness.

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