Saturday, January 18, 2014

RANDOM QUICKIE: 1973 TONY TAYLOR (#29)

Here's a question I have for anyone that can answer: why does Tony Taylor's 1973 (#29) Topps card have his cap airbrushed?


By the time this card came out he was a member of the Tigers for over a year and a half at that point.
What makes it even more strange is that I'd swear his uniform is NOT airbrushed in any way, and it is indeed a Detroit uni.
Anyone out there know what is up with this card?
Kind of like the 1976 Fritz Peterson card I profiled a little while ago, where the image was airbrushed to death, even though it wasn't about changing his uniform or cap.
Getting back to Taylor, he was a pretty good player during his 19-year career mainly as a second baseman.
Here's a guy who very quietly accumulated over 2000+ career hits playing for the Cubs, Phillies and Tigers from 1958 to 1976.
I'd say 1963 was his finest year, as he hit .281 with 102 runs scored and 180 hits for the Phillies, the latter two stats being career highs.
Definitely one of the more unknown 2000 hit players in the history of the game…

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