Saturday, July 12, 2014


I realize how trivial this all is, but the 1973 Topps Bill North card has always bugged me because of the airbrushing, or "missing" airbrushing on his uniform.
Take a look:

What bugs me to this day is the fact that you can clearly see the "Chicago" across his chest, since the photo was taken while he was still a Chicago Cub.
I rarely re-do cards of non-Hall of Famers, but since this is one that stuck in my side for so long, I figured I re-do it with an actual photo of North in an Oakland A's uniform.

A two-time stolen base champ in mid-1970's. North played 11 years in the big leagues, between 1971 and 1981 for the Cubs, A's, Dodgers and Giants.
He led the A.L. in stolen bases in 1974 and 1976, with totals of 54 and 75. He would have led the league in 1973, ending up one behind leader Tommy Harper, had he not sprained his ankle on September 20th, which also cost him seeing any action in the post-season.
He'd end up with 395 stolen bases to go along with a .261 lifetime average, 640 runs and 1016 hits, while being on two championship teams with Oakland in 1973 & 1974.
Funny enough, he was also the very first designated hitter in Oakland A's history, going 2 for 5 in the 1973 season opener against the Minnesota Twins.
Go figure…


  1. The card that bothers me the most from the '73 set is Bob Locker - an airbrush job for sure, he has no number on his jersey - couldn't they at least used a closeup so it wouldnt be so obvious?

  2. Ha! That is a CLASSIC!!! Yeah it's not so much the outdated photos or airbrushing that bothers me. It's the downright head-scratching choices Topps would make WITH the photo.
    Just hilarious...

  3. How about Noths teammate ft rom 73. Rich Mckinneys card is a photo shop horror

    1. Oh I promise you, THAT card has been on my radar for a long time! I'll be tackling that one soon... ;)

  4. One of my favs is Rico Carty 1973 card w/Rangers. Always liked Rico, because of his name and he looked "cool" to me when I was just a punk wasting money and buying cards ha ha ha



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