Wednesday, June 29, 2011

1977 dave collins

o-pee-chee preferred a full image of dave collins' face on cardboard, and so replaced the topps photo with this one on his 1977 o-pee-chee card:
here's the topps front:
o-pee-chee also got rid of his curls and they even rotated the facsmilie autograph slightly!  now the o-pee-chee back:
and the topps back:
collins, dubbed the fastest white man in baseball, was a first round pick of the angels in 1972.  three years later he made his debut for the halos, but was unprotected during the expansion draft and the mariners snapped him up.  collins was the first batter in mariners' history, and he hit .239 in 120 games with 25 steals for the m's.  1977 turned out to be his only season in seattle, as he was traded to the reds following the mariners' inaugural season for shane rawley.

o-pee-chee did not include collins in the 1978 set and so missed out what would have been a nice team and text variation.  that's ok, however, since collins got more than his fair share of variations in the 80's as we will see over the next week or so.

voici à vous, 1977 dave collins!


  1. Advantage: Topps

    '77 Seems to have the most cards with completely (or drastically re-cropped) photo variations. Ever done any stats on this?

  2. @stack22
    You are correct about the 1977 set. It is by far the most different from topps. It has all types of variations and most of the 242 cards in the set are in some way different from topps'. I believe 1992 has the second most at around 60 or so, and those are text and checklist variations. I will eventually list the number and percentage of variations by year in the sidebar.

  3. First time I've seen the Dave Collins Topps card. It looks like 2 different people.