Saturday, June 18, 2016

A FINE AIRBRUSHING JOB- 1973 GRAIG NETTLES

All things considered, here’s a card I always thought was a GREAT job at Topps and airbrushing: the 1973 Graig Nettles card:


Nettles was sent to the Bronx just in time for Topps to paint-up just the right spots on this nice action shot, making it look like the real thing, or close to it!
Gotta give “props” when it’s deserved!
Nettles went on to become a favorite in NYC, as part of the “Bronx Zoo” championship teams in 1977-1978 as well as a mainstay at third base at Yankee Stadium through the 1983 season, 11 years at the hot-corner.
Of course his World Series defensive performance, home run title in 1976 and five all-star nods were enough to have us kids here in NYC that were Yankee fans loving him.
He would put together a 22-year career that spanned 1967 through 1988, seeing him slam 390 homers, drive in 1314 runs and scoring 1193 himself while batting .248 with 2225 hits over 8986 at-bats in exactly 2700 games.
I’ll always remember the very first pack of 1978 cards I bought way back when, the card facing me when I got the wrapper off was “Puff” himself, in a very nice in-game action shot.
That ‘78 set is still one of my favorites!

4 comments:

  1. Well it's a great airbrush job except for the fact that the Yankees don't have a road gray uni with the famous interlocking "NY". However it does give one a cool concept for a road alternate, which the tradition bound Bombers would never do of course!

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  2. Very professional and smooth with the glove. Great swing at the plate too. Enjoyed watching him play.

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  3. I think the catcher is a Yankee...

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  4. Actually it's an Oriole. This is a 1972 game at Baltimore where Topps got a ton of photos from.

    http://fleersticker.blogspot.com/2014/06/a-very-busy-day-for-topps-photographer.html

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