Saturday, February 11, 2017

1976 JIM PERRY REDUX! THE WHITE WHALE APPEARS!

Well well well!
Just when you thought the ever elusive Jim Perry/Oakland A’s image was not to be had, “Boom”, (as Reader Jim so eloquently stated), HERE IT IS!!!
Needless to say I couldn’t wait to get home and modify my Photoshopped Franken-Card with the real deal:


As we all know by now, Jim Perry wrapped up a very nice Major League career with the Oakland A’s before getting released in August 1975, and the hunt for an image of him, especially a COLOR image, has been on many a want-list for decades now.
With the very interesting article recently on the Baseball Hall of Fame site into the final two Perry cards of his career (1974 and 1975), there was special mention of the fact that this A’s image has been long sought, and wouldn’t you know it, they even included one in the article!
Seems that there were five color images of Perry donning an Oakland uniform by a Topps photographer, long retired, and this was one of them.
Awesome!
So I had the template already made, a little presto-change-o, and voila!!
It’s like a Christmas present in February!!!

12 comments:

  1. Anything's possible! Congrats! What's the new "white whale"?

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    1. Dave Pagan on the Pirates perhaps? Juan Pizarro in his last tour with them as well?

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    2. If you can find Rimp Lanier, you can find those guys.

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  2. The new white whale: Woodie Fryman as a Red

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  3. I love how he wrote his name over the back of his glove. I don't notice that anymore. Now they seem to have embroidered names.

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  4. Very Happy for you that you found this and very happy for US!

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  5. Still the mystery of the "traveling toupee", a 1974 "missing" career capper of Joe Pepitone as an Atlanta Brave remains unsolved.

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  6. Rockin'!! Great looking card, Gio!! :)

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  7. Great work as always.
    My white whales include
    1977 Phil Roof White Sox
    1976 Eddie Leon Yankees
    1974 Tom Dettore Pirates
    1977-78 Nyls Nyman White Sox (in the softball-type uni)

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  8. that's great. much better than the black and white photo in upper deck's 2004 legends set. it's crazy to think perry was only 39 when that photo was taken - he looks much older!

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  9. Good God--he looks like Jim Nabors with a white wig.

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