Tuesday, 29 November 2011

1971 Topps Variations: Buddy Bradford #552

Smudged Above
Another entry into the 1971 Variation collection, card number 552, Buddy Bradford. This one comes in two versions, one with a black smudge just above his left shoulder, and one without. This is another small difference that is not noted on graded versions of the cards and could be argued that it is more of a print error than a variation, depending on how the smudge got there. Both versions are fairly common and neither seems to have a price premium. The one O-Pee-Chee card I have seen does not have the smudge.

This is Bradford's first card with the Indians after being with White Sox from 1966-1970. Never played a full season for Cleveland, coming to the Indians in June of 1970, then going the the Reds in May of 1971, before returning to the White Sox in March of 1972. Overall he playing in 697 career MLB games (473 of them in 3 stints with the White Sox), finishing with 52 home runs, 175 RBI and a .226 batting average. Mostly used as a reserve outfielder, never starting more than 100 games in the Majors, finished his career playing in Japan in 1977.

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