It makes nearly every list of the best baseball cards of all-time. And Oscar Gamble sees a lot of them.
A lot of people had Afros back in the mid-1970s.
But no baseball player had one quite as…statuesque…as Oscar Gamble.
He had one in 1975 when roaming the outfield for the Cleveland Indians. But a year later, things changed. Topps’ touch-up artists could magically turn him into a Yankee, but to wear the pinstripes for real, the ‘fro had to go.
He wasn’t a bad ballplayer. But some 32 years after that piece of cardboard raised the eyebrows of collectors everywhere, it’s still getting chuckles.
Gamble himself is happy to sign that card–but the sad ravages of time has left him longing for the days when his cap was perched on his hair, not his head.