Wednesday, July 24, 2013

WHAT WERE THEY THINKING?- PART VI: 1973 WILLIE DAVIS

Here's one that'll leave many people scratching their heads as to "why?"
The 1973 Willie Davis card by Topps, #35.
Perhaps they were dead set on using an "action" shot for Davis? Or maybe they just couldn't get a better image for him? Who knows?
But I have to ask, why on earth would they use THIS image which shows him either getting beaned or brushed back?! It's almost painful to look at!
I don't even know where his helmet went!
Alas, I guess Topps got it right. If there ever was an action-shot, there it is! Too bad the action depicted wasn't necessarily needed to be seen on a baseball card.
I imagine all the Willie Davis fans out there were NOT too happy with this card when it came out. 
On a side-note that's either Tim McCarver or John Bateman looking on as the Phillies catcher. The two catchers were traded for each other in June of 1972 and both wore the same number, so It's pretty tough to see which player it is.
Crazy card from that treasure trove of strange cards: 1973.
Now THAT'S "action"!!!

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