Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Dick Allen Baseball Card Project: 1971

After one season in St. Louis, DA was sent to the Los Angeles Dodgers. I am still not so sure why the Cardinals traded him away. He led the team in both HRs, RBIs, OPS, and hit a respectable .279. He also started at first base for the NL all star team. Regardless, the Cardinals finished in 4th place and they sent DA packing for Ted Sizemore and Bob Stinson.

The 1971 Topps baseball card set is one of the most popular in history. The distinctive black border have made it a favorite for collectors for years. The DA card from this year is a joke. Not only does it look like the Dodger stadium grass was replaced with the dirt and rocks of Kabul... take a look at the photographer's knee in the lower left hand corner of the image. How hard is it to take a picture of someone without having one of your body parts in the frame?


Johngy said...

Great series. I can't disagree with any of your choices!

Anonymous said...

The picture of Allen on the 1971 Topps card was taken in October or November 1970. The Dodgers did a PR event with Allen in Dodger Stadium shortly after the trade. That may explain why the grass looks bad.

Andy said...

Understood. I lived in southern california for a couple of years. The weather can support green grass all year long.

Regardless, as a photographer, you work with what you have. There are plenty of angles you can shoot at Dodger Stadium that does not show brown grass or the photographers knee.

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