In a post last week I was singing the praises of the airbrushing job done on this 1977 O-Pee-Chee card:
Yesterday I was poking through my folders of scans and I ran across the “What could’ve been” example in my Hostess folder. As good as the airbrushing on that OPC was, that’s how… um… not good the airbrushing on this 1977 Hostess was:
Same year, same traded player, very different results.
…And if you were wondering why I’m featuring this card now instead of a few days ago when I featured the OPC card, I’ll just say “That’s part of the stream-of-consciousnness fun you get with The Shlabotnik Report!”
….Which sounds better than “I’m somewhat disorganized and always writing posts at the last minute!”
To continue the theme of “Airbrushings one might not include in one’s portfolio”, let’s move on to this 1975 Tug McGraw. The logo isn’t bad, but the perspective is wrong, the shade of red is wrong, the lack of pinstripes is wrong…
The Mets traded Tug to the Phillies in December, 1974 for… you know what, we’re not going to talk about that right now… (Full disclosure: I’m a Mets fan)
Continuing with 1975, here’s another one where the logo seems to “float” over the cap…
As an up-and-coming young player, Murcer had been touted as the “Next Mickey Mantle”, and while he was a fine player, nobody should be labeled as the “Next” anybody. The Yankees traded Murcer to the Giants for Bobby Bonds in October, 1974.
On this 1978 Hostess card, Bruce Bochte has the look of a man who knows his uniform is going to be poorly airbrushed…
No trades were involved this time, Bochte had signed with the Mariners as a free agent.