Saturday, January 10, 2015

AS GOOD AN AIRBRUSH JOB AS I CAN REMEMBER: 1977 DOYLE ALEXANDER

Allow me to give some props to a great airbrushing job for the "age of the airbrush", the 1977 Doyle Alexander card issued by Topps:


I have to say that is some dedicated airbrush work!
The striping, the "xes" on the front of the jersey, the shadowing, just excellent work that makes you look twice to be sure it's in fact airbrushed.
While I'm always quick to bash a terrible job by the contracted artists Topps used to do this things, it's nice to hold one up and applaud a great job every once in a while!
Anyone out there have a favorite airbrush card? That is, one that is a good job, NOT a favorite for comical reasons?!
As for Alexander, the shot looks to be in Yankee Stadium, where he spent the second half of 1976 pitching for the Yanks after coming over from Baltimore.
He pitched well, going 10-5 with the Bronx Bombers, 13-9 overall, before moving on to the Rangers where he'd be even better in 1977, posting a 17-11 record.
He'd stick around for a while, eventually retiring after the 1989 season, 19-years overall on Major League mounds, finishing with a 194-174 record over 561 games, 464 of which were starts.
I'll always remember that run he had after being acquired by the Detroit Tigers in 1987 (for John Smoltz nonetheless!), where he went 9-0 with a 1.53 E.R.A. and three shutouts, helping the Tigers make the playoffs.
I'll also remember how he beat the Yanks on the second to last day of the 1985 season, clinching the playoffs for the Blue Jays (eliminating the Yankees), a day before Phil Niekro won his 300th career game to close out the year.

6 comments:

  1. The 1976 Topps Nelson Briles Texas Rangers card was a decent airbrush job.The art department must have been Ranger fans... I didn't realize that the 1977 Tommy Davis Kansas City Royals was airbrushed until it was mentioned here a few days ago. To be honest with you Gio, I absolutely love those crazy airbrush jobs. I still remember opening new packs of cards and even as a kid I would think Wow! I can't find bright hats like that at Shipley's Sporting Goods store!! Hey Gio... How about a nice bright airbrush job 1976 Topps Traded style with Reggie Jackson and Ken Holtzman, with period correct mustache, as Baltimore Orioles?! Just an idea..

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  2. The 1978 Elliott Maddox always amazed me - he wasn't signed by the Mets until the end of November, 1977, so it HAS to be a paint job, but you'd never guess it otherwise. By the way - long time follower, first time poster. This is an awesome site! Your work here is great. If your interested, I'm working on my own 1978-themed baseball/baseball card project - http://mrpekrul.wix.com/narcissism#!page3/cee5

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    1. YES!!! Thats my next post for awesome airbrushing jobs! That card is astounding! I still can't figure out if its truly an airbrush or not! But it has to be right?!

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    2. It HAS to be - I never even thought about it until going through the set to start my 1978 project. I didn't want to use any paint jobs for my collection. Somehow I realized that he spent 77 with the Orioles and I must have stared at that card for an hour looking for telltale clues but never found any. I wish I could say the rest of the 1978 set was as good (I'm talking to YOU, Steven Dunning and Danny Walton!) (Oh, and Oscar Zamora) Something that always puzzled me - I can see them painting images when the guy changes teams in the off season, but most of these players all got in a month or two with their '78 team late in '77. The last paint jobs I think I've noticed were in the horrific 1990 set - can't remember the guy now, but he saw plenty of action with the same team in 1989, and Topps couldn't seem to get a proper image to use. With all the Topps Vault evidence of in-season photography, it's kind of amazing.

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  3. 1977 O-Pee-Chee Rick Cerone. I liked the card so much that I ended up buying the set.

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  4. The uniform is well-done, but I can't get past the hat

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