Brushing Up on History: Airbrushed 1970s Topps Baseball Cards


Former major league player and manager Bobby Valentine sat at a wooden booth in November, 2019, in the bar of a local civic center where he was invited to speak, and began to sign autographs. A handful of people stood by and one middle-aged man in an orange Mets cap approached to submit a pair of cards on the table in front of Valentine. One was a 1989 Topps card of Valentine when he was the Texas Rangers manager. The other was Valentine’s 1973 Topps card, showing him following through on a swing during a game. In that card, he’s…

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