Thanks to reader Eric C. Loy, the 1972 Topps Ray Lamb card was brought to my attention, pointing out the airbrushing job.
Check it out here:
Now it's not the worst airbrushing job, but what makes this so strange is that Lamb appeared in the 1971 Topps set, as a Cleveland Indian! And there was NO airbrushing going on there.
Check out THAT one:
On top of all that, Lamb didn't even appear in a Major League game as an Indian until the 1971 season, so Topps was on the ball in 1971 and managed to get a card of Lamb with his current team instead of his former team, the Dodgers, for whom he pitched in 1970.
Yet in 1972, AFTER Lamb appeared in 43 games, 21 as a starter, for Cleveland in 1971, they couldn't find an image of him in the correct uniform?
So freaking odd.
I'm almost positive that's a Los Angeles uni he's wearing on the 1972 card, so what gives here?
Thanks to Eric for the tip! Again, it's the quirky stuff like this that makes it all so much fun to run this blog!
As a small bonus to checking Lamb out, I came across a decent shot of him from 1973 as an Indian, and realized that there should have been a card for him in the 1974 set, which there wasn't, so keep an eye out for that "missing" card here in the near future.