Here’s a redone 1976 card for former pitcher Nelson Briles, at the request of “Reader Jim”, who wanted a card of the righty with the team he actually played for the year before, the Kansas City Royals:
Briles wrapped up his second season in K.C. With a 6-6 record over 24
games, 16 of the starts, with a 4.26 earned run average and 73
strikeouts in 112 innings of work.
On November 15th
however, he was traded to the Texas Rangers for speedster Dave Nelson,
and I have to remind everyone that Topps managed to produce one of the
better airbrush jobs of the decade just in time to have an “accurate”
card for the upcoming 1976 set:
Pretty damn good no?
Briles originally came up with the St. Louis Cardinals in 1965 and had
his best years there, leading the National League in winning percentage
in 1967 after posting a 14-5 record, followed up by a 19-11 record in
1968, both with sub-3.00 ERA’s.
Over the course of his 14-year career he posted a 129-112 record, with a
3.44 ERA and 1163 strikeouts in 452 appearances and 2111.2 innings.