Wednesday, April 17, 2024


Good day my friends!

On the blog today, we take a gander at the image variation between OPC and Topps 1977 cards for pitcher Don Gullett:

OPC version

Topps version

Different takes on the same theme here to be honest.
Both companies worked quickly to get the ace pitcher into a New York Yankees uniform, for whom he was about to suit up for in 1977 after being an integral part of the "Big Red Machine" Cincinnati Reds, bringing home two straight World Championships in 1975 and 1976.
Though hampered by injuries, Gullet would then be a member of another back-to-back championship squad, the "Bronx Zoo" Yankees who won it all in both 1977 and 1978.
The man was a champion four straight seasons between 1975 and 1978!
Sadly, arm troubles cut his career short by the age of 27, though he ended up with an incredible .686 winning percentage, going 109-50 over nine seasons, with an ERA of 3.11 over 266 appearances, 186 of those starts, with 14 shutouts.
Of his nine MLB seasons, he was part of SIX World Series teams!
Would have been something to see him pitch into the 1980's if not for health issues...


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