Sunday, March 20, 2016

INTERESTING INSIGHT INTO AS AIRBRUSH JOB: 1979 CITO GASTON

Here’s an interesting card from the 1979 set: Clarence “Cito” Gaston’s airbrushed slab:



First off, it’s worth noting that after the time and effort Topps went into to get him portrayed on the right team, it was all for naught as Gaston’s Major League playing days were already done by the time this card came out.
Secondly, finding the original Topps negative which shows the interesting “half” airbrush job is worth taking a look at.


As you can see Topps basically airbrushed just enough of the image to get Gaston as a Pittsburgh Pirate player, leaving the bottom portion of the shot untouched, showing the actual Atlanta Braves uniform.
Being that Gaston played the last TWO games of the 1978 season as a Pirate instead of a Brave, for whom he played 60 games, it’s easy to see why Topps was missing an actual photo of him in the right uni.
Gaston closed out an eleven-year career in the Majors after the 1978 season, eventually becoming a manager of the Toronto Blue Jays over 12 seasons, leading them to consecutive World Series wins in 1992 and 1993.

3 comments:

  1. One of my long quests is to find a shot of Gaston actually in a Pirates uniform for my 1978 project...I have a feeling it's gonna be a long quest....

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  2. It reminds me - in the manner of execution only - of Rusty Staub's awful photo in 1975 Hostess where his batting helmet is airbrushed, and he has a few (but only a few) pinstripes added to his Expos jersey... but the Expos logo is plainly visible.

    The airbrushing on Cito's card is quite a good job, it's too bad that it was for a player who wasn't coming back.

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