Tuesday, February 3, 2015

1971 DICK WILLIAMS: AN AIRBRUSH JOB FOR THE AGES

Classic…
That's the word that jumps in my head when I look at this card.


An airbrushing job that is just CLASSIC!
Remember "Colorforms"? That's exactly what it looks like: a green die cut cap-shaped sticker was placed over the cap Dick Williams was wearing in the photo.
I especially love the black outlining going on, and the fact that the airbrushed cap is sharper than the ever-so-slightly-blurred photo of Williams in Yankee Stadium.
Funny enough, the photo used by Topps is at least a couple of years old, as Williams is in his old Boston Red Sox uniform, the team he last managed in 1969.
I should re-do this card…
As manager of the Oakland A's, he arrived just in time as the team was just about to become the dynasty they'd turn out to be, winning the American League West in 1971 (losing to the Baltimore Orioles in the playoffs), but then winning the following two championships in 1972 and 1973 before Williams went on to manage the California Angels in 1974.
Over the course of his 21-year managerial career, Williams managed five first-place teams, reaching the playoffs with four of his teams: Red Sox, A's, Expos and Padres.
He guided three of THOSE teams to the World Series, and finished with 1571 wins, four pennants and two World Series wins.
All of that eventually led to Williams being inducted into the Hall of Fame by the Veteran's Committee in 2008.

3 comments:

  1. Yes a re-do is in order. I think Topps used that blank cap design in their 1981 card layout.

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  2. The cap looks like a cartoon. Colorforms! I had a few of the Peanuts themed ones...

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