Sunday, March 26, 2017

GREAT AIRBRUSH OR OLD PHOTO: 1978 DICK DRAGO

Here’s a card that’s always interested me because of an unanswered question, the 1978 Dick Drago card, and “is this an airbrush job or an older photo?”:


I understand it can easily be a photo from his first tour with the Bosox between 1974 and 1975, and it does seem to fit.
However I stare at that cap and I’d swear it looks airbrushed to me. What do you all think?
Drago split the 1977 season with the California Angels and Baltimore Orioles, posting a 6-4 record with a 3.41 earned run average over 49 games, all out of the ‘pen.
He’s put together a nice 13-year career between 1969 and 1981, finishing up with a 108-117 record, along with a 3.62 ERA over 519 games, 189 of them starts.
His best year was easily his 1971 season with the Kansas City Royals when he went 17-11 with a 2.98 ERA and four shutouts over 34 starts and 241.1 innings pitched.
That effort even got him a fifth place finish in the American League Cy Young race as he led the Royals staff to a second place finish in only their third season in the league with a 85-76 record.

5 comments:

  1. I was just looking at this one again for a project I'm working on. I think it's definitely an original photo (cap and all) taken in 1975.

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  2. I'll pile on. Old photo...nobody at Topps was that good at airbrushing in those days.

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  3. I grew up an Orioles fan. I remember when Dyar Miller was traded to the Angels for Drago. I still have an Orioles photo album from 1977 with Drago in an Orioles uniform color and all. Not a 1978 Elliott Maddox or a 1976 Nelson Briles job. Must be an original photo.

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  4. I'd have to go with an original photo as well. That, or its the best airbrush job they ever did.

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