On the blog today, we look at another OPC image variation from its Topps counterpart, this time the 1977 card for Tommy Smith of the new Seattle Mariners franchise:
This situation is uncommon, as both the OPC and Topps cards are airbrushed, leaving us to wonder why OPC even bothered altering another image of the outfielder since it was already done for the Topps set issued earlier in the year.
As a matter of fact the Topps airbrush job is much better, with the collar of the jersey even painted unlike the OPC version which clearly shows signs of the Indians jersey Smith was wearing in the original image.
In November of 1976 Smith would be drafted by the new Seattle Mariners organization as part of the expansion draft, where he would go on to play the last games of his career, 21 to be exact, where he hit .259 with seven hits in 27 at-bats.
In 1976 he’d see the most playing time of his five Major League seasons, appearing in 55 games for the Cleveland Indians, while hitting .256 with 42 hits in 164 at-bats, driving in 12 runs and scoring 17 himself.
All told, Smith played in 121 games in five seasons, hitting .232 with 63 hits, driving in 21 while scoring 28 over 271 at-bats between Cleveland and Seattle.