Monday, March 9, 2015

MISSING IN ACTION- 1976 JAKE BROWN: "1976 PROJECT"

Next up on my "1976 project" for blog follower Jim is a player I never knew much about, former San Francisco Giant Jake Brown.
Take a look at the cards I designed for "Reader Jim". There are two of them because we found a nicer shot of Brown after I created the first one, so we whipped up the second one as well:

Portrait Version

Posed Version
 
Brown played in only 41 games during the 1975 season, which would turn out to be all the Major League games he'd play in for his career.
Over that short time he batted .209 with nine hits over 43 at-bats, while playing 14 games in the outfield.
When I went to find out more about Brown, I found out that, tragically, Brown passed away in 1981 at the young age of 33 of leukemia.
Sad to hear of yet another player from that era who died young. Seemed to be a particularly harsh decade for things like that, no?

7 comments:

  1. Both of these cards are cool. The second one looks so authentic that you might as well number it #661 in the set.

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    1. Your welcome Gio. Great job. Your absolute best in my humble opinion is still the 1972 Topps Tony Conigliaro...!!!

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  2. Fits in nicely next to Glenn Adams...great stuff Gio! Have I mentioned that I am looking for a quality pic of Johnny Lemaster as well? He needs to get the Gio treatment for this set IMO! ;)

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  3. The posed version is better. Good work.

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    1. I think the reason it looks so real is because the 1976 Mike Sadek has basically the same pose and same background. There have been a few of Gio's other creations that mirror some actual cards in the same manner.

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  4. They both look great but the posed looks more like how Topps would have done it on a '76 card, imo.

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