Tuesday, May 15, 2012

1977 steve braun

o-pee-chee pulled out one of their worst airbrushers to work on steve braun's 1977 o-pee-chee card:
resulting in a photo and autograph variation when compared to the topps version.

here's the topps front:
topps actually did a pretty decent job.

now the o-pee-chee back:

and the topps back:
note that, while both card companies airbrushed braun into mariners' gear, only o-pee-chee modified the text on the back - and they only did so with the french part!

braun, who was the mariners' very first left fielder (he hit third in their inaugural game), appeared in a career high 139 games in 1977, and also set a career high with 80 walks.  otherwise, his 1977 campaign had to be disappointing as he hit only .235 with 5 homers and 31 rbi.  during the following season, he was traded to the royals and eventually made his way to saint louis where he won a ring in 1982.

voici à vous, 1977 steve braun!

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