Fun Cards: Alt-1977 Topps
I’ve been following @battlinbucs on Twitter for a few weeks now, and let me tell you, for a Pirates fan he is a pretty creative guy. I love his #DocumentaryNOW cards which merge the UD Documentary and Topps NOW concepts. Today he blogged about an alternate reality 1974 Topps card, using mockups he discovered on The Topps Archive blog. Last month, he covered a possible alternate 1972 design.
I have always loved alternate reality. So I’m taking a stab at a possible alternate 1977 design, using the same grainy black & white image that inspired Mark’s 1972 alt-customs.
Joe Morgan was at the top of his game in the mid-1970s, with two straight NL MVP titles during the Big Red Machine’s back-to-back World Series victories. The original mockup used a batting photo, but I decided to go with a fielding shot of the five-time Gold Glove second baseman. As Mark pointed out, since the source material was black & white, I had no idea what colors to use. Topps used green in the small banner on the real 1977s, so I stuck with that for the big banner here. Obviously the hat has to be red for the Reds, and I thought the yellow team name contrasted well with the green banner.
This is a fun exercise. I would love to see Topps use some of these old alt-designs as an insert in Archives. I’m sure they have other mockups in their vault that have not yet seen the light of day.
Thanks for the inspiration, Mark!
On a personal note, I found out a few hours ago that an uncle passed away earlier this afternoon. I’m stuck at work, and baseball is a good distraction for me. But more than baseball, I’m thankful for my church family and the prayers they are sending up on behalf of my family. If you are ever in the northern Kentucky/greater Cincinnati area, please worship with the Point Pleasant church of Christ. I would love to meet you face-to-face.