Here is one classic of an airbrushed card from Topps, the 1977 Manny Sanguillen edition:
Where do we even begin?
The collar on his jersey? The paint job on his batting helmet?
The helmet literally looks hand painted, as in colored in with a crayon or marker! Love it!
Since I've been documenting these cards on the blog, I've grown to really appreciate them as I go along, remembering how much fun I had staring at these painted pictures before the age of Photoshop.
But before we examine Sanguillen's career, let's not forget those awesome period-perfect sideburns! Wicked…
Sanguillen really get's overlooked when it comes to how well he played during his 13-year career, all but 1977 spent with the Pittsburgh Pirates.
This was a catcher who hit over .300 four times, with a high of .328 in 1975, while also topping .280 another four times, before retiring with a robust .296 career average.
I personally think he may have been ripped off a Rookie of the Year in 1969 when he hit .303 with 62 runs scored and 57 runs batted in as a rookie catcher, losing to the Dodgers Ted Sizemore (an STRONG argument can also be made for Sanguillen's teammate Al Oliver, who also could have won).
He was named to three all-star teams, and even garnered some MVP support in 1970, 1971, 1972 and 1975 as a member of the Bucs.
A very nice career for a solid catcher during the 1970's who gets forgotten among the Bench's, Fisks, Munsons and Simmons of the Majors…