Friday, March 24, 2017


Here’s a redone 1976 card for former pitcher Nelson Briles, at the request of “Reader Jim”, who wanted a card of the righty with the team he actually played for the year before, the Kansas City Royals:

Briles wrapped up his second season in K.C. With a 6-6 record over 24 games, 16 of the starts, with a 4.26 earned run average and 73 strikeouts in 112 innings of work.
On November 15th however, he was traded to the Texas Rangers for speedster Dave Nelson, and I have to remind everyone that Topps managed to produce one of the better airbrush jobs of the decade just in time to have an “accurate” card for the upcoming 1976 set:

Pretty damn good no?
Briles originally came up with the St. Louis Cardinals in 1965 and had his best years there, leading the National League in winning percentage in 1967 after posting a 14-5 record, followed up by a 19-11 record in 1968, both with sub-3.00 ERA’s.
Over the course of his 14-year career he posted a 129-112 record, with a 3.44 ERA and 1163 strikeouts in 452 appearances and 2111.2 innings.


  1. One of the top airbrushing jobs of the 70s to be sure! In my top 5. As for the reason for airbrushing in the first place, I loved it as a kid because it made those cards "current" for the year we were buying them. However, as I look back on those sets, I see them more as a "momento" or "commemoration" of the PREVIOUS season than the year they were issued, so I like the idea of a Briles '76 card showing him with the team he played for in '75 better now. Funny how time changed my perspective on this.

  2. Both cards looks good, esp for the the original being an airbrush. Powder blue, pullovers, sansabelt pants, yep, that's the 70s!

  3. That is the BEST airbrush by TOPPS in the '70' stands out from so many poor ones.



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