Friday, February 11, 2011

Dick Allen Baseball Card Project: 1963 "call-up" card

Based on a suggestion from our friend deal at PHUNGO, I created a 1963 Topps Phillies Dick Allen "call up" card. For this project, I spent the time to colorize a clean "early career" photo I had found via the New York Times.

Late in the 1963 season, after enduring a brutal minor league season in which he broke the Arkansas baseball color barrier, the Phillies called up a 21 year old Dick Allen. His first game was in Milwaukee against the Braves on September 3rd, 1963. He started in left field. After striking out in his first major league AB and grounding into a 5-4-3 double play in his second AB -- Allen doubled to left in the 7th inning for his first career hit. The Phillies won 2-0.

He played in a total of 10 major league games that season, starting 5 of them in the outfield and one at third base. It was the first time he had ever played third in his professional career. They next season he was starting at third for the Phillies.

Edit: I was not 100% happy with the unused sky space at the top of the card, so I added a "future star" feature on an alternative version.


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deal said...

Love it, thanks! nice job with adding the future stars tag too.

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