Friday, October 21, 2011

Airbrushed Fridays: 1972 Topps #645 & 1974 Topps Traded #648T

Airbrushed Fridays was dark last week for reasons I can't really even explain. To make it up to you all, here's two times the airbrushed fun: a card representing each team in the World Series. Enjoy!

Jim Maloney was a hard throwing right handed pitcher who starred in the '60s with the Reds. He threw two no-hitters, won 20+ games twice and made the 1965 All-Star team.

Why did Topps airbrush Jim's photo? Here's something else about Jim Maloney: he never really played with the Cardinals. Arm injuries shortened his career, and after a rough stint with the California Angels, the Cardinals signed him as a free agent in the offseason with an eye on 1972. Unfortunately, things didn't work out with the Cards and he was released in early April without so much as a single Major League appearance. The Giants were next to take a run at him, but he wasn't able to return to health and retired in June, making his last appearance in the majors as an Angel.

(Feel free, of course, to ignore the fact that I used a Topps Archives version of this card because I don't own the original.)

What's wrong with this picture, anyway? Well, it's a sure sign of airbrushing when the card is capturing that "bill pointed to the sky" look.

Terry Crowley was a lefty first baseman and corner outfielder who spent the better part of his 15 year career as a bench player and occasional platoon guy. Crowley spent the bulk of his career with the Orioles, spread out over two lengthy stints. He's currently a coach in the O's organization.

Why did Topps airbrush Terry's photo? Much like Jim Maloney before him, Crowley never played for Texas. The Rangers purchased his contract in December 1973 for what I can only assume was an extra large bag of salted in-shell peanuts, and he in turn was "purchased" again a few months later by the Reds before the next season even started.

What's wrong with this picture, anyway? What's even more suspicious than a bill pointed to the sky? No cap at all! I suppose Topps figured there was no reason at all to mess with the Orioles colors on his neckline.

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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