Saturday, August 6, 2016


Let’s look at another airbrushing gem from the early 1970’s, the Gerry Janeski card from the 1971 set:

Awesome. Kind of a hit-and-run jammie as far as paint-jobs go! Love the black outline around the cap!
After coming up as a rookie with the Chicago White Sox in 1970 and posting a 10-17 record over 35 starts and 205.2 innings pitched, Janeski was traded in February of ‘71 for former “Bonus Baby” Rick Reichardt.
So for starters it was impressive that Topps got to him on his new team the way they did, but my question is why did they just paint his cap and leave it at that?
Seems an attempt at the “W” logo for the Senators should have been somewhat easy, no?
Or maybe I’m just flat-out wrong here.
Nevertheless, combined with what seems to be a “blank” uniform, it strikes an odd image for a Major League baseball card.
Janeski would pitch three years in the big leagues, finishing up with a 11-23 record over 62 games, 46 of which were starts, including a 4.73 earned run average, a shutout and a save, with 105 strikeouts over 280 innings.


  1. 1971 Dick Williams the same way except for the color green.

  2. Kind of looks like his photo was 'cropped' out of another pic and pasted on this background, like they did with floating head shots.

  3. I don't think they attempted painting in cap logos until 1972.

  4. Jim's right. While there was a rare one-off attempt at an airbrushed logo (or some derivation thereof) from time to time pre-1972, full blown logo airbrushing wasn't done until 1972.

  5. There were some in the 1961 set. Carroll Hardy and Jim Marshall come to mind. In the 1971 set John Purdin, Lee Maye, Mike Marshall, Fred Lasher, Ron Swoboda, Don O'Riley at least have airbrushed logo caps.

  6. Yeah, and Topps used the same exact 1971 Mike Marshall photo (poorly airbrushed Expos cap and all) on the 1974 Leading Firemen photo. For some reason, it seemed like Topps went about 5 years between photo sessions with Marshall in the early 1970s, and he's strangely missing from some sets later on in the decade.

  7. I think Janeski's cap was stolen from Jim Qualls (or vice versa). Gerry probably deserved a 1972 card with the Senators/Rangers...they could have even used the same hat!



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