Sunday, May 10, 2015

A MYSTERY FROM 1977- WILBUR WOOD AND THE AIRBRUSHING ON HIS CARD

Just noticed something the other day, and it really has me confused: why on earth is Wilbur Wood airbrushed into a Chicago White Sox uni on his 1977 Topps card?
Take a look:


At that point Wood was a White Sox player for NINE years already. So why was there any need to airbrush him into a White Sox uniform?
Anyone out there know?
I know that in 1976 Wood barely suited up for the Sox, so perhaps there weren't many photos of him in the new "updated" blue uniforms. 
But he still pitched 56.1 innings that year.
You'd think Topps would have been able to snap a shot of him to use, no?
It's especially funny when you also note that Jack Kucek, he of two games and 4.2 innings of work the previous year is suited up in the White Sox blue and whites without any need to airbrush.
Would love to know what went on here…

3 comments:

  1. My guess is they did not have a photo with him in the blue uniform. Are there any Sox players in a red uniform or airbrushed in the 1977 set?

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  2. From the collar of the shirt that was my thought too. This was a pre-76 shot that was edited. Has to be.

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  3. They should have done the generic all blue cap. That would have been less obvious than the floating Sox logo.

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