Saturday, November 26, 2016

A NICE AIRBRUSH JOB- 1974 KEN BRETT

Today we’ll look at a nice airbrush job by the Topps folks, the 1974 Ken Brett card, which has him painted into his new teams garb, the Pittsburgh Pirates:


Not a bad paint-job! Nicely done.
Brett was traded over to the West side of Pennsylvania from the Philadelphia Phillies for Dave Cash. Somewhat of a lopsided trade as Cash gave the Phils a guy who’d get on base on front of sluggers Mike Schmidt and Greg Luzinski.
Brett on the other hand would win 22 games for the Pirates over two seasons before heading to the Bronx as part of the Doc Medich/Dock Ellis/Willie Randolph big swap in December of 1975.
Nevertheless he did put in a solid 14 years in the Major Leagues, retiring after the 1981 season and 349 appearances.
He wound up with an 83-85 record playing for 10 teams between 1967 and ’81, starting just under half of his games.


8 comments:

  1. This is probably the best airbrushing job of '74, he had a terrible one in '73. Brett served up Hank Aaron's 700 home run.

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  2. This is one of my favorite airbrushings, but when I was a kid and not completely aware of airbrushing, I pulled this card out of a pack and wondered "Why is the cap's bill yellow instead of black?" I still wonder that.

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  3. Good question about the bill. I'm also wondering why the button on the cap is a pinkish-red? I guess it's a residual from the airbrushing done on the background space.

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  4. The red 'beannie' is left over from the fact that it was a Phillies cap originally, good call on lack of black bill...

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    1. The Phils actually actually had a white button on their hats in that era.

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    2. That's right! They were white. Check out the '74 Luzinski, which was probably shot on the same day as the Brett.

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