Sunday, August 10, 2014


I know there were a ton of airbrushing jobs on Topps part in the 1970's, and many of them left a lot to be desired as far as "quality" went.
But one little item that always popped out to me were those badly airbrushed St. Louis Cardinals cards from the 1975 set.
It seemed like there were an inordinate amount of bad ones for that team in that year, and they are absolute CLASSICS!
Let's take a look:

Man. Some of those St. Louis logos on the caps are horrendous!
I'll pick the Osteen logo as the worst. However the Sadecki and Rudolph caps sport some terrible messy black stroking around the white lettering on the caps.
What a classic set of cards right here!
I guess looking at it now the Cardinals had the same bad amount of airbrushing as the Yankees or any other team in this set.
But for some reason these Cardinal cards were the ones that always stuck with me through the years.
The Osteen photo also bothers me since he looks so confused, like he's looking at the camera as some magic box and can't figure out what's happening at that moment.
Still, even with all the airbrush "disasters" in the set, the 1975 Topps offering is still one of my all-time favorites! Just can't get enough of all the colors.


  1. The "StL" was way to complicated to reproduce by hand, lol. I am sure there were plain old head shots without a cap that could have been used. But then we'd have nothing to talk about forty years later.

  2. Wow! This is the Murderers Row of bad airbrushing. I agree about the Osteen, totally awful. I'm sure you can do the same with the 1973 Phillies cards, some crazy artwork done on their hats.



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