Saturday, March 6, 2010

Matty Alou: Didn't They Have Cameras in 1961?

Matty Alou as a cartoon? Seriously.

There HAS to be a story behind this card, but who knows what it is? I know of a few cartoony cards from the '59, none from the '60, this one from the '61 and none after that. So WHOM did Matty get angry to have this happen to him?

And check it out. At first you think it has the makings of a classic. Blue sky dotted with clouds, young prospect leaning forward in the outfield like he's waiting for the pitch, the suggestion of ads on the outfield wall to the left and to the right...I'm guessing the artist went to lunch and abandoned the project. We have nothing but a semi-finished brown wall. 

Has anyone else seen cartoon cards like this in later Topps sets or know why these were included?

Have a good one everybody and goodnight Pumpsie Green, wherever you are!


  1. I believe that was the year a wizard put a cartoon curse spell on Alou.

    I have no idea why he looks that way, actually. The card itself looks really cool. It's just so out of place.

  2. There are a few "painted" cards in the '61 set. I don't recall seeing any after that (but my collection of '60s cards is limited).

  3. I posted a couple of these 1961's in January, They do look weird!

  4. 1978 topps even has a couple of paintings - greg minton and mike paxton, i believe?