a baseball card celebration of the dodgers and the infield of my youth.
20 May 2010
topps or o-pee-chee?
here is a 1974 jerry morales card. i ask the question, is it topps or o-pee-chee?
this is the third time i've posted this question (here's the first and second) and it's still somewhat of a shameless plug for my side project. anyway, the answer is, both. the topps and o-pee-chee versions of this card are the same - jerry morales in a padres uniform with the cubs affiliation. the reason can be found on the card back. here's the topps back:
jerry was 'traded to chicago cubs, 11-12-73'. this actually was not too strange for topps, although they did it a lot more in the 60's, with and without cropping to minimize the amount of the players' old uniform showing. of course, airbrushing was far more prevalent in the 70's, but for whatever reason, they left jerry morales alone in his brown and yellow padres garb.
it would be nice to know how topps decided whether to airbrush or do the jerry morales treatment, or just go the text route like the 1988 dickie noles card linked above or the 1985 davey lopes, or worse yet do nothing at all. 6 years later, topps would choose that route for ralph garr, even though he actually played for his new club at the end of the 1979 season. go figure.
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let's trade, part 2
i collect dodgers cards, any and all cards featuring steve garvey, ron cey, dave lopes or bill russell, all topps cards of the players who were featured in the 1978 topps set as dodgers, cards featuring dodger stadium, o-pee-chee variations, cards showing memorial patches and/or armbands, and cards showing the double play turn at second base. i am also currently working on my 1971 topps set. i have a lot of cards to trade!