Tuesday, January 3, 2017

A GOOD AIRBRUSH JOB- THE 1978 LARRY HISLE CARD (W/MISSING SEAMS ON BALL!)

How many of you out there were taken for a loop when you pulled a 1978 Larry Hisle card out of a pack to immediately notice the missing baseball seams on the position holder?!
I remember it got my attention to the point that for years I never realized that the image of the slugger was airbrushed.
Take a look:


Not a bad airbrush job!
Hisle, who was the reigning American League RBI champ while a member of the Minnesota Twins in 1977, found himself as a Brewer after being granted Free Agency in the early days of the practice, and had an excellent season with 34 homers and 115 runs batted in along with a .290 batting average and 96 runs scored.
However, sadly for him AND the Brewers, that would be the last solid season he’d have, playing in only 26 games the following year due to injury, and going on to play in only 53 more games over the next three years before retiring in 1982.
Over the course of his 14-year career, the 234 runs batted in he had in 1977/78 would represent about a third of his career mark of 674.
Now, if we could only know what happened to those seams on the baseball!

3 comments:

  1. The two mysteries of life, no stitches on the Hisle card and the sideways number on the back of the 1974 Ray Burris card.

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  2. I somehow never noticed the missing seams. I had to check my card. Crazy.

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  3. Not to derail the conversation from the magnificent Hisle paint job (one of their best, but still second in the '78 set to Elliott Maddox, IMO), but I saw the mention of the sideways number on the '74 Burris card. I'm in the process of upgrading my '74 set and noticed that for the first time, to say nothing of the checklist errors. Right now I'm looking for the small print Freisleben rookie card - lots of errors in that set, some corrected and some not, beyond the famous Washington National League mess.

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