Sunday, September 4, 2016

ANOTHER AIRBRUSHING GEM: 1972 JIM LYTTLE

Here’s another great airbrush job from the 1972 Topps set, the Jim Lyttle edition, which had him up-to-date as a Chicago White Sox player:


Lyttle was traded to the South-Siders from the New York Yankees for Rich Hinton on October 13th of 1971, which gave Topps the chance to “tweak” his photo just a bit to keep him current.
The ominous shadowing around the cap was perhaps a sign that his days in Chicago were numbered, as Lyttle appeared in 44 games during the season before moving on over to the Montreal Expos in 1973 where he would spend three-and-a-half seasons before finishing up his eight-year career with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
In those eight seasons Lyttle batted .248 with 176 hits over 710 at-bats in 391 lifetime games, with 71 runs score, 70 runs batted in and 51 extra-base hits while playing the outfield.

2 comments:

  1. This is card #648, which puts it in the 6th or 7th series. Topps had more than enough time during spring training to snap a new photo of Lyttle before press time for that series. They did it in past years (see 1967 Dick Hall), but I guess they just became more complacent and lazy, content in producing the mockery that is their airbrushed cards from 1972-1974.

    "That's Just Topps Being Topps!"

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  2. That hat is SO much bigger than his head. I agree with Jim, but I don't think #648 took Spring Training photos or else he would look like Lowell Palmer's or Stan Bahnsen's cards.

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