11 November 2012

buddy bell's profile and the decline of o-pee-chee

buddy bell's 1982 topps card has long been a headscratcher for me.
it was the first card i remember seeing that contained a pure profile shot so tightly cropped.  it makes me think of that 1965 topps embossed insert set (of which i do not own, nor do i care to own, any of the dodgers).  it's just a weird photo to use on a card.  other tightly cropped images of the face at least have a different perspective - not just the profile.

to make matters worse, o-pee-chee's version demonstrates their lack of originality, as they didn't even bother to move bell's facsimile autograph out from under their logo
1977, it is not.

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