Friday, November 4, 2011

Airbrushed Fridays: 1972 Topps #521

Hey guys! Kyle4KC over at young blog Juust a Bit Outside has a group break going on, and it runs the gamut from the inaugural releases of Donruss and Stadium Club baseball to some brand new 2011 shtuff. Go check it.

Alan Foster was a right-handed starting pitcher who bounced around 5 organizations in 10 big league seasons. He put up decent numbers over his career, but usually could not find the winning side of the ledger. He's also known for giving up the longest home run in Dodger Stadium history, off the bat of one Willie Stargell.

Why did Topps airbrush Alan's photo? After his time with the Dodgers was up, Foster spent a year with Cleveland before returning to the greater LA area as a member of the Angels immediately following the 1971 season as part of a trade that also involved Vada Pinson.

What's wrong with this picture, anyway? Unfortunately, there were no teams with misshapen electric sky blue caps back in the day, so this one is certainly the result of a bit of trickery. Do the Angels ever wear the lowercase 'a' with a halo logo anymore? That would make a decent retro cap.

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.


Anonymous said...

Gadzooks. I think the airbrushing also made him look translucent.

Anonymous said...

Not only that, but the "a" is bleeding....