Sunday, May 7, 2017

EXPANSION RE-DONE: 1977 PETE BROBERG

Here’s a new thread that was proposed to me by a few readers over the past couple years, re-doing all the Topps 1977 Blue Jays and Mariners cards, using photos of the players in their uniforms rather than all the airbrushed images they were forced to understandably use.
We’ll start it off with former pitcher Pete Broberg:


Ironically, while Broberg was selected by Seattle in the expansion draft, he was traded to the Chicago Cubs in April of 1977, never actually pitching for the Mariners.
He would only go on to pitch in 22 games for the Cubs in 1977 before finding himself playing for the Oakland A’s in 1978, which would end up being the last year of his Major League career.
Coming up in 1971 as a 21-year old with the Washington Senators, Broberg would pitch eight-seasons and post a 41-71 career record with a 4.56 earned run average over 206 games and 963 innings pitched.

6 comments:

  1. Great idea. By coincidence, I recently completed an "image safari" for 1977. I have images of all the M's and Jays (all but a few with the actual expansion teams), and I'd be happy to share. Let me know if you need any help finding photos.

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    1. Thanks Mark! I will indeed! Just started building the list so I'll be in touch!

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  2. Nice idea a for subset. Maybe you could post the original card also to see the upgrades.

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  3. It is a nice idea! Keep them coming. I agree with the above comment, it would be a cool comparison between the two versions. It's a shame that the previous expansion was in 1969...I would love to see Maury Wills in an Expos uniform!

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  4. Great idea...and also maybe show the O-Pee-Chee version too for a comparison.

    Also, I'd love to see the same subset idea for the Oakland A's. So many of the cards in the 1977 set and later depict them with an airbrushed hat of their new team. It would be neat to see them in real unis and hats on the proper boarder.

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  5. In the excellent book "Seasons in Hell", Whitey Herzog refers to Broberg, whom he managed with the Rangers in 1973, in a ridiculously vulgar term which I cannot repeat here.

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