I’ve always liked this card, can’t say exactly why. Part of it is the coloring of the photo, which seems to go well with the Padres border, even though he’s in a Yankees uniform. Matty was with the Yankees in 1973, sold to the Cardinals in September and then sold to the Padres after the season.
(Side note: This card is one of the Padres which weren’t “Washingtoned”)
Just for grins, and to see how much the Padres border accentuates the photo, I slapped a Yankees border on Matty’s card…
Yeah, it’s not the same. I think the brown and yellow on the Padres card brings out the warm colors of the photo.
Matty wasn’t the only Alou brother jettisoned by the Yankees in 1973…
Felipe was claimed on waivers from the Yankees in September, 1973 and played 19 games for the Expos that season. He would only play 3 games in 1974, and they were with the Brewers. If I were unemployed or otherwise had plenty of spare time, I’d try to update the 1974 set, including putting a Brewers border on this card. …But I already spent more time than I should’ve putting the Yankee border on Matty.
Update: 20 minute after posting this, I realized that Felipe had a Traded card which put him in an airbrushed Brewers cap, so not only do I have no time to update the card, I have no reason.