Friday, October 12, 2012

1977 gary carter

o-pee-chee didn't make a card for andre dawson in 1977, but they did make some changes for the other expo star, gary carter.  a different photo and a relocated facsimile autograph make for a very cool variation.  here is gary carter's 1977 o-pee-chee card:
here's the topps front:
now the o-pee-chee back:
and the topps back:
i addressed (sort of) the different cartoons the other day at garvey cey russell lopes, if you're interested.  i have no idea why o-pee-chee switched the cartoons.

the expos switched carter to a full-time catcher in 1977, as he caught in 146 games and made only one partial game appearance in the outfield.  carter hit .284 with 31 home runs and 84 rbi.  he threw out only 33% of the base stealers who ran against him, but he did lead the league in putouts and assists by a catcher.

in april, carter hit three home runs in a game off of the pirates' jim rooker.  then, in september, he hit two more off of rooker in a different game.  he had 3 other multi-home run games to boot.  he was the first expo to have a three-homer game, and his 31 roundtrippers on the season was a franchise record at the time.

this is the penultimate card to be featured here, and the last of the expos.

voici à vous, 1977 gary carter!

4 comments:

  1. Oh, penultimate card for the whole blog? Just 1977? That's a nice alternate look for Gary. (I assume both are from spring training, given field similarities.)

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  2. That's pretty cool. Didn't know it was out there. Time to hit ebay up.

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  3. I was hoping this would be the last, as this is my favorite '77 OPC (Carter also happens to be my favorite player of all time...coincidence? I think not...) One of the highlights of my collecting pre-internet was when I found this card in a shop in Cooperstown NY in 1992. I think I paid $5 for it.

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    1. nice deal. the last card would have been carter if only mo hadn't inspired me to actually chase all the variations. monday gets the best of the expos...again!

      thanks for reading.

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