Wednesday, February 29, 2012

1977 bill singer

bill singer was selected by the blue jays from the twins in the 1976 expansion draft.  here's his 1977 o-pee-chee card:
here's the topps front:
topps obviously had time to airbrush a blue jays cap on singer's head, but they didn't bother to 'remove' the tell-tale collar of his twins jersey from around his neck.  now the o-pee-chee back:
and the topps back:
because topps' 1976 traded set only featured players dealt before the season started (like singer was, from the angels to the rangers), we are left without a cardboard record of singer as a twin.  oh well.

singer, who made just one opening day start previously, was the first starting pitcher in blue jays history, getting the call for their first game of their inagural 1977 season.  while the team won the game, singer was left with a no-decision.  he lost his next 4 starts before picking up the final two wins of his career.  the jays released singer in july, effectively ending his career.

voici à vous, 1977 bill singer!


  1. Wonder why they changed up the type on his stats?

  2. good catch. opc used that font for the blue jay cards they 'added' to the set like tom bruno or doug ault (who only had a topps 4-player rookie card).
    but i am not sure why they used it for singer, nor why they just say 'totals' instead of the typical 'maj league totals'.
    i really wish there were some old-timer who worked at opc who could answer some of these types of questions.