Here’s an interesting find, the original negative for the image that would end up being Billy Champion’s 1973 Topps card.
First up the card as-issued by Topps:
Now the negative as it was treated for final production:
I love finding these to see just how Topps had the original photos
“touched up” to show the correct team for a player in the following set.
Here we see that Champion was originally photographed with the
Philadelphia Phillies, for whom he played the first four years of his
eight-year Major League career.
To get him into his new team’s uni, in this case the Milwaukee Brewers,
Topps just went and partially touched up the image, enough to get the
part of the photo that would be used on the card.
I would have thought it was a given to re-paint the whole image, but certainly makes sense to JUST do what is needed.
As for Champion, he played for eight seasons in the Majors evenly split
between the Phillies and Brewers, compiling a 34-50 record with a 4.69
earned run average over 202 appearances, 102 of which were starts.