1977 O-Pee-Chee baseball was one of the more unique sets put out by Topps’ Canadian partner. Instead of what had been a sort of bilingual parallel set, OPC took advantage of their later production dates in an expansion year, giving us new and different cards featuring the Montreal Expos and newly-born Toronto Blue Jays, and updating some other transactions in the process.
Here is the 1977 Bobby Murcer card most of us are familiar with… Bobby trying to hide behind Cardinals’ catcher Joe Ferguson.
Murcer, who had been “The next Mickey Mantle” during his early career with the Yanks, was traded to the Cubs in a five-player deal that saw Bill Madlock heading to San Francisco.
For his part of the deal, Murcer got a pretty decent airbrushing job:
At this point, Murcer’s best years were behind him, but he’d put in another few years as a slightly-above-average player.
Bill Singer was the 28th pick in the expansion draft that filled the rosters of the Blue Jays and Mariners. Singer was drafted from the Twins, as you can kind of see from the un-airbrushed jersey.
As they did with Blue Jays and Expos, O-Pee-Chee went the extra yard and got a picture of Singer in Spring Training.
Singer was the starting pitcher in the Jays’ first game, but he’d go 3-8 for Toronto before being released in July. That would be the end of his career.
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