Here's a fun card to redesign, mainly do to the fact I found an awesome image to use that allowed me to also create my first "photo-bombing" card at the same time! A do-over of the 1974 Topps Willie McCovey card.
And for all of you "completists" out there, I created one for BOTH the Padres AND the "Nationals" versions.
Take a look:
|Original Topps "San Diego" version|
|Original Topps "Washington" version|
|Look at "Winnie" in the background!|
|A "Washington" version for the completists out there|
First off, as we all know, the airbrushed image Topps used for "Stretch" just plain-ole stinks! So THAT needed addressing on this blog to begin with.
So when I was trolling for a nice image of McCovey to use circa 1974, I came across this great shot of him posed with none other than a young Dave Winfield in the background!
Of McCovey's 22 years in the Major Leagues, three were spent outside San Francisco, from 1974 to 1976 with the Padres and Oakland A's for a brief 11 games at the tail end of the '76 season.
He was a Rookie of the Year in 1959, an M.V.P. in 1969, and eventually a Hall of Fame member when he was inducted in 1986.
"Stretch", "Big Mac", whatever. The man was a monster at the plate, slamming 521 homers before calling it a career in 1980.