Friday, December 24, 2010
As airbrush jobs go, this isn't one of the bad ones. This trade has an interesting twist in the 1974 set. Osteen was traded for the very next card in the set, #43 Jim Wynn. How often does that happen? Something that sticks out is that Claude's nickname, "Gomer," which was shown in the #42 card's cartoon, is in the headline here.
Ballpark background: This photo may have been taken somewhere other than a ballpark. Osteen's uniform really doesn't look like a uniform. I'm guessing that his hat that was airbrushed was NOT a Dodger hat, but rather a golf hat, and those trees in the background are on a fairway somewhere. Just over his right shoulder next to that tree looks like a sand trap.