Sunday, July 26, 2015

RANDOM QUICKIE: 1970 TOPPS JACK AKER

Here's a quick one for a Saturday afternoon: I just posted my "missing" 1975 card for former reliever Jack Akers the other day. Today I ask: does anyone know how old the photo on Aker's 1970 Topps card is?
Take a look:

NOTICE THE UNI: BLACK SLEEVES WITH THE RED TRIM

Now, Akers played most of the 1969 season with the Yankees, and to top it off he played the other part of the year with the expansion Seattle Pilots.
Before that, he did play with Kansas City Athletics, for whom he came up with in 1964 and played for through the 1968 season (after their move to Oakland).
My questions is, the uniform he has on seems to be a Kansas City A's uni, and from even earlier than 1967 or so.
Any help on this one?
I know Topps didn't take photos for a couple of years in the late-60's, but this seems even more drastic than other cases. This photos seems about five years old! No?
I see uniforms resembling the airbrushed job on Aker's card in the 1965 set, as well as the 1963 Fleer set (see below). Can this photo be that old?
 
1963 FLEER NORM SIEBERN
1965 TOPPS LEW KRAUSSE (THOUGH ACTUALLY NOT KRAUSSE!)
 

8 comments:

  1. Gio, I'm going to say its closer to the Lew Krausse card than the '63 Fleer version based on the black brim of the hat. The '63 card shows a red brim. So that would make it picture possibly taken in 1964 or 1965. That's my guess. Pretty lame on their part regardless.

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  2. I think there is a Jim Maloney card (1965?) that uses a photo from the same photo session as his 1961 card. Their uniforms had changed dramatically since then so his card looks odd since he appears younger and his uniform looks out of place next to the pinstriped vests of his teammates.

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  3. According to the not-infallible "Dressed To The Nines" Uniform database on the HOF website...

    http://exhibits.baseballhalloffame.org/dressed_to_the_nines/database.htm

    ...That uniform is from 1962. BUT...

    That's not to say that they didn't wear the old unis during 1963 spring training... or that it's not a photo of him in minor league hand-me-downs. If it's truly a KC A's uniform, then the photo is, at best, from 1963. If it's a minor league uniform, then I'd say it's no more recent than 1965.

    For what it's worth, the 1963 Topps Wayne Causey card (a high #) shows him in the green & gold.... That at least confirms that they were not wearing the black & red during the regular season in 1963.

    And for Tony, the A's pinstripes seems to be a 1961-only design.

    Not that I doon't like the green & gold, but I kinda like the black & red sleeveless uni... Shame they only wore it one year.

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    1. A thought I had... Maybe the people at Topps thought an 8-year-old photo with a black cap was more convincingly a Yankees uniform than any more recent photos showing him in Athletics or Pilots colors.

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    2. Hey shlab, I kinda derailed the thread a little with my interjections above. The Maloney cards are all Reds cards not the A's although I agree that I like the black and red A's unis. But its like looking at a black Ace of Hearts or red Ace of Spades. Something just doesn't seem right with the A's wearing something other than green and gold.

      There are a number of cards (Ken Harrelson, Bert Campeneris, Tommie Reynolds) of players wearing the all black A's cap in the 1965 set just like Krausse. It just sounds like someone in the A's office (probably Charles O. himself) couldn't make up their mind on the uniform set in the early 60's.

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  4. I never heard before that Topps stopped taking pictures in the late 1960s. Interesting. Did some Googling and found this article, which explains that this mostly happened in 1968 due to a dispute with the players' union: http://www.sportscollectorsdigest.com/features/its-not-that-complicated-topps-didnt-take-photos-the-year-before

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  5. The 1969 Mel Nelson card uses a 1960 picture! The Tommie Aaron 68 and 69 cards have Milwaukee uniforms...

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  6. Brett, I think there were some issues in 1968(?) with the Houston team when they changed their name from the Colt 45's to the Astros. They have a lot of airbrushed black caps from what I recall.

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