Saturday, October 27, 2012

Men Without Hats

WARNING: Do not view this post if you like well-designed baseball cards!

Here are the 1966 California Angels. Not a single player is shown with his team's logo. Why? Because they were the Los Angeles Angels, and are now the California Angels.

The Angels' lavender counterpart in the NL (the Braves) are also featured without caps, but the final 2 Braves' cards in the 1966 set (manager Bobby Bragan and pitcher Chi Chi Olivo) ARE photographed in the new Atlanta Braves caps.

Why no California Angels, Topps? Why?

(It looks like the Angels are cornering the market on Topps all-star rookies.)

And what's with these "side view" photos of Lou Burdette and Albie Pearson? Are we now collecting cards of players' ears? Burdette looks like he's in a lineup for the closing credits of a Dragnet episode.


Matt Runyon said...

We can dance if we want to
We can leave your friends behind
'Cause your friends don't dance and if they don't dance
Well they're no friends of mine

Jim from Downingtown said...

Ha! I was going to make a reference to the band, to follow up on my post title, but I decided to issue the consumer warning instead.

night owl said...

Those poor Angels collectors ...

There are Angels collectors, right?

Anonymous said...

Just nitpicking here, but Malzone was photographed with the Red Sox, Spangler was probably in his Astros uniform, and Burdette was likely a Cub when that mug shot was taken.

Eric C. Loy said...

Ranew is in some pinstriped uni, and who knows what uni Brunet is in.

If you have the 1967 Jay Johnstone card, his uniform actually says "Los Angeles" on it....