Sunday, October 26, 2014

1974 TOPPS BILLY WILLIAMS: BLINDED BY YELLOW

I have always wondered why Topps messed around with the photo used on the 1974 Billy Williams card.
Take a look:


What on earth is with ALL that yellow?!
Would love to know where the image is from, and why Topps felt the need to mess with the background like that.
So strange, no?
Anyone have any ideas?
They over saturated the background, and you can even see where the batter's box is divided between the over-saturated side and the "untouched" side (Williams' side).
It's a nice action photo, but sadly ruined with the "effect" going on…

4 comments:

  1. I always wondered about this card and thought as a kid it was just some kind of print defect. How about doing a re-do card for Billy with a "normal" portrait or action shot?

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  2. It's weird, but I kinda like it. My guess is it was a washed out photo with Billy sort of being lost in the background, and somebody had a misguided idea to make him "pop" a bit by coloring the background.

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  3. Its almost like they were trying to tint the grass green and got carried away. if you look closely you can see that the people in the shade and the brick wall did not get tinted. Everything else behind Williams did though, lol. Remember this is the same set with the Tom Seaver flower power thingy behind first base.

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  4. You posted that the 1971 Bob Gibson card blended in with the crowd, I think this yellow shading tried to avoid the same problem.

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