Thursday, December 8, 2022


On the blog today, another 1977 OPC image variation spotlight, this time for pitcher Dan Warthen of the Montreal Expos:

OPC version

Topps version

Seems to definitely be a more "current" image used for the lefty on the OPC card as opposed to the Topps version.
Warthen came up in 1975 and had a nice rookie year, going 8-6 with a 3.11 earned run average over 167.2 innings of work, making 40 appearances, 18 of those starts, with three saves and two complete games.
In 1976 he was generally used as a starter, but didn't have the same success, going 2-10 over 23 games, tossing a shutout while throwing 90 innings.
He'd split the 1977 season with Montreal and the Philadelphia Phillies going 2-3 over 12 appearances, while playing what was to be his last Big League season in 1978 with the Houston Astros, appearing in only five games, going 0-1.
All told, Warthen finished up a four-year career in the Majors with a record of 12-21 over 83 appearances, with a 4.32 ERA in 307 innings, throwing one shutout while saving three games.


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