Thursday, February 25, 2021

FIXING AN ADMITTEDLY ALL-TIME CLASSIC: 1978 MIKE PAXTON

Today on the blog, I am finally "fixing" a card that I'm sure many of you would NOT want fixed, the classic 1978 card for former pitcher Mike Paxton, who had himself quite an airbrush job.

Here's what Topps had out there in the Spring of 1978:

And now here is my re-done card with real image:


Always loved the 1978 Mike Paxton card, which along with the Greg Minton card from the same set and the Mike Jones card from 1977, made for some strange imagery on Topps baseball cards.
While Topps did it’s thing to airbrush caps and uni’s in the 1970’s to portray guys on the correct team, this one went above and beyond!
Looking at it, I’m assuming it was either a Minor League color image, or a black and white image that was colorized.
Classic Topps from the era!
Paxton had himself a very nice rookie year for the Red Sox in 1977, going 10-5 with a 3.83 ERA over 29 appearances, 12 of them starts.
Of course, the ultimate irony is that Paxton didn’t even PLAY for the Red Sox in 1978, as he was part of the Dennis Eckersley deal in March of 1978, sending him to the Cleveland Indians, where he had another nice year that saw him post a record of 12-11 with a 3.86 ERA in 33 appearances, 27 of which were starts, with two shutouts and a save.
Sadly for him, he developed arm trouble the following season, seeing his ERA balloon to 5.92 while going 8-8 before managing to appear in only four games in 1980 before calling it a career.

 

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  1. The 1977 card you refered to is Rick Jones, not Mike.

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  2. Along with Reggie Cleveland, these were the last two cards I needed to complete my Red Sox team way back in 1978...wound up having to get each from friends' doubles...as it turns out now, the 1978 Topps Rack Pack I purchased a few years back has Paxton right on top of one of the cells!

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  3. That would have made for a nice but forgettable card, the original has made Paxton unforgettable to collectors. Still, the grandaddy of all these types of cards is the 1980 Bert Roberge, which I know is just out of the jurisdiction of this blog. The '78 Minton card is particularly disturbing because he had a similarly airbrushed image on a group rookie card in '77 AND most of the NL photos for the '78 set were taken at Candlestick Park...how could TOPPS possibly not have a good shot of him? Always loved the fake reflection off of Minton's airbrushed aviator glasses.

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  4. Check out the airbrush job on the 1963 Tom Satriano. As Chris T says, it is out of the jurisdiction of this blog, but on the other side of the spectrum.

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    1. You're right, that is vastly airbrushed as are Cookie Rojas and Lew Krausse from that same set

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  5. Speaking of bad attempts at airbrushing, check out the 1965 Topps card of recently deceased Stan Williams. The effort is so bad, one might wonder why Topps even bothered.

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    1. You mean the one where they just darked out the "NY", as if they were fooling anyone.

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    2. Right you are. In addition, there are several players in the background clearly wearing Yankees uniforms.

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  6. These sorts of cards are so bad because they're a combination of colorization of a B&W photo and airbrushing. Same with the Rick Jones card. I believe Juan Veintidos of the Twins on a 1975 rookie card was Topps first attempt at colorization.

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    1. Actually, the 60s group rookie cards were littered with the colorized images, including the Steve Carlton rookie card from '65. In the '75 set, they colorized Rookie of the Year and AL MVP Fred Lynn on his rookie card.

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  7. i found the b&w image on a website a few years ago that was related to the pawtucket team. the link is broken, but i posted the image in a post on my blog:
    https://cardsasiseethem.blogspot.com/2019/05/a-portrait-of-young-man-signed.html

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  8. The funny thing is that the actual photo you used isn't much different from the original airbrushed picture. The original looks like a closer cropped version of yours.

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