Sunday, January 10, 2016

AIRBRUSHING AND THE 1978 PAT SCANLON CARD

I’ve always gotten a kick out of the airbrushed cap on the 1978 Topps Pat Scanlon card.
Take a look:


Awesome! I love the “stroke patterns” like a fine painting! Killer!
Overall it’s not a bad job all things considered. Actually I’d say the 1978 set has some of the best airbrushing jobs of the decade (Ray Fosse, Elliott Maddox).
Ironically, Pat Scanlon would never play in the Major Leagues again after the 1977 season, closing out a 4-year career that saw him suit up for the Montreal Expos between 1974-1976, and the San Diego Padres in 1977.
He finished with a .187 career average with 41 hits in 219 at-bats over 120 games.

3 comments:

  1. It always bothered me when they airbrushed a player who was with that team the previous season. I could see a guy like Reggie (1977), who signed as an offseason FA, but a guy like Scanlon already played in SD the previous year. How hard would it have been to get a photo of him with that team from an independent photographer, or even the team, instead of resorting to the airbursh. Then again, they had a monopoly on the business back then, so it was easy to be lazy. You agree ?

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    1. I absolutely agree! I feel Topps had the monopoly going on so they figured "why bother"? Even as a kid there were times I felt they really "phoned it in" when the new sets came out.

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  2. I'd love to sit in on some of those planning meetings. Who is in the set? What is the card design? Subsets? What is the "crop theme" for the set (head shot, chest up, waist up etc) action vs non-action, player movement in offseason?

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