Wednesday, February 20, 2013

783rd Place - Pascual Perez

Card #647

I feel terrible placing Pascual Perez this low on the countdown.  He was a well known, directionally-challenged, quirky personality during his time in the majors.  He was recently murdered, so I feel like a grade-A jerk...

...but this card is awful.

And it's mysteriously awful!  Perez didn't pitch in 1986.  In 1987, the most recent season on the backs of these cards and the general time frame these pictures would have been taken, Perez only pitched for the Expos.  So why the crappy airbrush?

It appears Perez didn't get called up by Montreal until August of 1987.  That must have been too late in the season for the sloth-like Topps photographers to go out and get a new picture.  Does that mean he was wearing a minor league uniform in the original photo?  Is it an older picture from his Atlanta Braves days?  Why didn't the photographer better incorporate his gold tooth?

We may never know the answers to these questions.  Rest in peace, Pascual.  Topps did you dirty.

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