Monday, September 13, 2010
Do you get the idea that the Topps editors wanted its collectors to know about Johnny's 1970 and '72 seasons? I wonder why. But I'd like to call attention to the double-knit polyester pullover pajama uniform Bench is wearing. And the half-calf stirrups. You won't find that in today's game, although it's nice that he didn't pull them up high enough to just see the stripes up the sides of the legs. Solid leggings look a bit better. Especially on a player like Bench. If Johnny ever had an air-brushed card photo, would the artist use Krylon paint?
Cartoon: I didn't know that Johnny sang country music. He's from Oklahoma, so I could guess that he listened to it. I wonder if his singing ever started any bar fights. Say, it looks like the Topps cartoonist had a good job for a while. Must have been seasonal work. Did this guy file for unemployment once the season started?
Ballpark background: Johnny is sporting the Reds road uniforms, and the players in the dugout in the background are displaying New York Mets home threads. My eddicated guess is that this ballpark background is Shea Stadium.