o-pee-chee removed the rookie cup from jerry royster's 1977 card, and they also cropped the photo differently than topps and moved his facsimile autograph around. here is royster's 1977 o-pee-chee card:
here's the topps front:
looks like i could use an upgrade. whoever owned this card before me might have been an o-pee-chee sympathizer because it looks like they tried to scratch out the rookie cup themselves.
now the o-pee-chee back:
and the topps back:
jerry royster royster suffered a sophomore slump of sorts in 1977, even though it was his fifth big league season. it was only his second year of essentially full-time play, however, and he split his time between third base, shortstop, and second base, with a pinch of outfield thrown in for good measure. in 140 games, royster hit .216 with 6 homers and 28 rbi. he also scored 64 times and stole 10 bases.