That 1981 Topps Brett card I mentioned

4 03 2012

I didn’t mean to publish that last post without scanning this card and putting it in the appropriate place.  Then I hit publish anyway by mistake.  Oh well.  I contemplated editing it into the post after the fact and letting it go, but then I realized the appropriate place for this card is its own post since it’s awesome on its own.

My memory of this card was just a touch different then the reality you see above.  In my mind I’d rewound the swing and made the bat more parallel to the ground.  And I’d totally forgotten about the dugout in the lower third of the card, choosing instead to change the viewing angle to include more of the Royal Stadium faithful.

My mistake about the swing would be a definite improvement I think, but I’ve spoken with my mind about the second change it made.  The players watching Brett’s swing adds some depth, and it appears this photo was taken the moment before anyone could react to Brett’s contact since their focus remains on the hitter and the plate.  Unless Brett actually swung and missed.

And I’d like to think that he did.

Looking at older cards and seeing something new is one of the joys of the hobby.  It’s the reason that a lot of collectors keep cards in binders as opposed to the long boxes that I choose to use.  It’s much easier to pull a book off the shelf and look through it then it is to pull out a stack of cards and do the same, especially if you are concerned about damage.  So even though this is one of my favorites from the 1981 Topps release, it’s been years since I’d actually held this card in my hands.

So why do I want to think that Brett came up empty here?  Well, for the first time today I noticed that, extending from Rick Cerone’s catcher gloved hand on the right there is a white puffy line, akin to a smoke trail.  And the six-year-old kid in me did backflips thinking that that’s exactly what it was – a pitch blown by Brett and moving so fast it singed the air as it went by.  I realize those are more than likely towels on the top shelf of the dugout, but the collector in me prefers the six-year old’s version over the more likely reality.

Oh, and any card that features the phrase “sweep Yankees” is going to be a winner in my book.

And if 2012 Topps is going to make me explore my collection more, then I like it even more than I already do.

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