today, let it be lowenstein.
this one hits all the bases as far as basic o-pee-chee variations go: team variation, text variation, photo variation, autograph placement variation. the only thing missing is the position variation, but john lowenstein was primarily an outfielder, so there was no reason for o-pee-chee to make that change. they changed pretty much everything else, however, as they caught lowenstein in blue jays' attire during spring training in 1977. he had been traded by the indians to the blue jays with rick cerone for rico carty in december of 1976, but the jays dealt him back to the tribe towards the end of spring training. luckily for us, o-pee-chee didn't slap his topps photo back on the card, but instead chose to use their photo with some good ol' traded text. of course, they also unstacked his facsimile autograph and put it somewhere that made it legible. here is lowenstein's 1977 o-pee-chee card:
this is the last of the blue jays to be featured here on the blog from the 1977 o-pee-chee set, by the way. we are really getting close to the end of the o-pee-chee variations.
voici à vous, 1977 john lowenstein!