Friday, May 28, 2010

Jackie was never a Giant and he never PITCHED!

I just saw this card image on Ernest's Blue Heaven site. It's from 2010 Topps Series 2. It's one of those cards from the Vintage Legends Collection, an insert series. You know, Cy Young on a 1987 Topps card, Campanella on a 1979 Topps, etc., etc.

Some of these are annoying, some I have no problem with at all. Kind of fun. Kind of unnecessary. Whatever.

But take a good look at the design on this card. It's the 1976 Topps design. Why it was used with a Jackie Robinson card, I don't even think Topps could tell you.

The Dodgers cards from 1976 used red and blue colors for the bars at the bottom. You might think I'm going to complain about Topps choosing pink again for the Dodgers (incidentally, pink and orange was used with the Indians and Astros in 1976). Nope, I've railed my last rail on that.

Instead, take a look at the position logo. Note that it says "outfielder," which is where Robinson played quite often during the later stages of his career.

Now look at the little position guy. If you know anything about '76 Topps, you know that is the drawing for a PITCHER.

(*facepalm*) Robinson never pitched in the majors, as far as I know.

Here is a helpful comparison:

A 1976 Topps Dodger outfielder. Note the little outfield guy chasing down a liner.

A 1976 Topps Dodger pitcher. Note the little pitcher guy doing some weird underhanded toss thing.

Don't you know your own cards, Topps?

Robinson never pitched. And he was never a Giant.

At least Topps got the fact that he was right-handed correct.


  1. SloppyTopps strikes again...

  2. This is exactly what I was talking about in one of my earlier posts. Nice to see Topps still has great quality control in the design department. Groan.

  3. Jackie as a Giant is a sick minded idea. It'd be like Gehrig in a Red Sox uni or Pujols in a Cubs jersey.

  4. That card is wrong on many levels.