Friday, March 11, 2011

Airbrushed Fridays: 1985 Topps #733

Is this not the friendliest baseball card you've ever laid your eyes on?

Tony Scott was an amiable switch-hitting outfielder who began and ended his career with the Montreal Expos. His 12 year tour included stops in St. Louis and Houston.

Why did Topps airbrush Tony's photo? Houston cut Tony loose in late June of the 1984 season after he hit just .190 in a very reduced role. I honestly don't know how they could have turned away a face like that.

What's wrong with this picture, anyway? Tony's helmet seems to be fading into the sky. They sure don't make 'em like that anymore, do they? His jersey seems to be a noble effort by a paint-by-numbers artist who tried to introduce some shading and lighting to the traditional Expos garb.

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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