The next expansion “do-over” from 1977 is the Toronto Blue Jays’ Otto Velez, who got to play full-time after four brief seasons with the New York Yankees:
Velez, who was the 53rd pick in the 1976 expansion draft, had a decent
year for the Jays in 1977 when he batted .256 with 16 homers and 62 runs
He would stay with the team for the next five years, hitting as many as
20 homers (1980) as well as matching the ‘77 RBI total that very same
As for the original Topps 1977 card, this one was one of the better
airbrush jobs, since there wasn’t much to airbrush! Nevertheless it was a
nice job with the logo on the cap.
Velez would put 11 years in the Major Leagues, batting .251 with 78
homers and 272 runs batted in, while collecting 452 hits in 1802 at-bats
over 637 games.