Today we take a look at another airbrush job from the 1976 Topps set, Lee Lacy, who was traded from the Los Angeles Dodgers to the Atlanta Braves:
Always fun to see that Topps’ airbrushers would only cover-up just enough to get the image on a card.
You can see that they cropped the image literally without a tenth of an
inch to spare before the “Dodgers” across the front of his jersey would
have appeared at the bottom of the card.
Funny enough Lacy would return to the Dodgers during the 1976 season,
then go on to play all the way up to the 1987 season, putting in some
really solid seasons well into his 30’s when he’d hit as high as .335 at
the age of 32, then .321 in 1984 at the age of 36.
I always remember him and Juan Beniquez as a couple of guys who suddenly
seemed to hit their stride in their 30’s, putting up some impressive
seasons in the 1980’s.
Lacy would end up retiring with a very nice .286 batting average over 16
years in the Majors, being a part of the World Champion 1979 Pirates,
while playing in three other World Series, all with the Dodgers.