Monday, January 30, 2023


Up on the blog today, we check in on another OPC to Topps image variation, this time the images used between the 1977 cards for former infielder Wayne Garrett of the Montreal Expos:

This is another of the rare cases where I easily prefer the Topps version to the OPC image used.
However I will state that it certainly seems the OPC image is a more recent one used, with Garrett sporting the longer hair and mustache.
Originally up with the New York Mets in 1969 at the age of 21, Garrett put in 10 years in the Big Leagues, the bulk of it with the Mets between 1969 and 1976, then 1976 through 1978 with the Expos and a second half of 1978 with the St. Louis Cardinals.
In between he hit .239 with 786 hits over 3285 at-bats in 1092 games, with 61 homers and 340 runs batted in.
His only full-time seasons were 1973 and 1974 with the Mets, where he pretty much set career-bests across the board, including homer (16 in 1973), RBIs (58 in 1973), walks (89 in 1974) and Plate Appearances (619 in 1974).


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