Card #53 - Steve Dunning, Cleveland Indians
An airbrushed cap, a minor league uniform top. Since Dunning split the '72 season between the Tribe and their AAA PCL affiliate Portland, all Topps evidently had available at press time was a picture of him pitching for the Beavers. While a trade or being called up from the minors would be a simple reason for airbrushing, Dunning had already appeared in Topps sets in both 1971 and '72 wearing an unaltered Indians uniform. How ironic is it that Topps -- known for recycling their photos from year to year in the 1960s -- couldn't just grab a previous year's photo for Dunning and save their artist for a different challenge?
(Edited to add: Thanks to a comment below by reader Ecloy, it appears that Dunning may actually be wearing a 1971 Tribe home uniform. In a page called Dressed to the Nines, Cleveland's home uniform used INDIANS in black letters in '71 but a blue cap. It appears Topps airbrushed the cap to resemble the new cap the team adopted in '72. Which sinks most of what I've said above.)
They never had a chance to get another picture of him with Cleveland, as Dunning was traded to Texas in May of '73. After spending the next several seasons with four major league clubs and several shuttles between the big leagues and the minors, Dunning wouldn't show up on a Topps baseball card again until 1978, where he was once again airbrushed. However, he never again pitched in the majors after '77.