Hastily repainted football cards – Topps

In pre-Photoshop days how did football card producers cover up the fact that they didn’t have a photo of a football player in his new club’s kit?

At Topps, they got the paintbox out, and hoped we wouldn’t notice.
We did. hastily aSaints Alive! Some budding artist has attempted an ambitious Southampton Admiral strip over the top of Charlie George’s Derby shirt.
While Chris Nicholl has had red and white stripes similarly plastered over his Aston Villa shirt. And someone has taken the ‘P’ out of Southampton.

hastily b

Get the lemon and lime out – cover up jobs on Ted Mac’s Bournemouth shirt and Johnny Miller’s Ipswich strip.

hastily c

QPR’s Don Masson has a whole Derby kit splashed on, through the Ram badge and Umbro logo are a little on the large side, and that collar is a bit impressionist.
They should have taken a tip from predecessors A&BC.
“Meh… David Johnson’s Everton shirt is near enough to Ipswich. Just leave it… ”

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One Response to Hastily repainted football cards – Topps

  1. graham64 says:

    Ted MacDougall’s eyes remind me of “The Hood” villain from “Thunderbirds”!

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