Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Just to reiterate, Jim Wynn was traded for the player just previous to him in this set, Claude Osteen, shown on card #42. What I've noticed about cards in the Trades set is that many of the trades take place in December of the previous year, while trades made after the New Year don't make it into the set. I'll need to follow the dates listed on these cards to figure out a cutoff point for Topps publishing. Hmmm, now a good way to do that? Excell spreadsheet? Back of a used envelope?... Okay, nevermind. I just looked at the back of all my Trades cards. Most of the trades were between December 3 and 7, 1973, with a few as late as Dec. 11, and one in November. It seems that these deals were probably made at the winter meetings and heavily promoted by Topps in their upcoming set. The latest trade included in this set was Dec. 11.
I'm also using the "Airbrush" label on this card. While there are no grotesque attempts at logo, hat or uniform revisions, there is the small matter of the Dodger blue wool at the tip of the bill on Wynn's cap. A fairly easy change, maybe fit for an up and coming rookie airbrush artist at Topps. All in all, I would say this is not a very flattering picture of the Toy Cannon. It says, "Hey, man, if you mess with me, I'll rearrange your face before I go back to bed."
Ballpark background: If this is in a ballpark, it has a rather un-major league-like roof held up by spindly columns. Likely, this was taken at spring training. So, I cannot determine where it was shot. Maybe, if Wynn got together with Osteen for whom he was traded at that golf course I think Osteen's shot was taken, then I can imagine that the roof beyond is covering the driving range.