Friday, August 27, 2010

Airbrushed Fridays: 1986 Topps Traded #41T

By my current estimate, I have 15 stacks of cards waiting to be mailed out. Some are the size of a pack, while others are going to take some serious packaging strategy to assemble. None of this has anything to do with today's post, but I thought it worth mentioning in case you were one of those 15 who were thinking, "Man, when is that Cards on Cards guy going to stop moping about his underachieving team and start sending me some cardboard?"

Ken Griffey was a heck of a ballplayer, who will forever be overshadowed by his more famous son. I was certainly aware of the man, long before Junior came along. As a member of the Big Red Machine, Griffey Sr. was a three-time All-Star, all coming in his first tenure with the Reds.

Why did Topps airbrush Ken's photo? Griffey completes the airbrushed trio, having been the Braves take in the infamous Griffey (and Andre Robertson) for Claudell Washington and Paul Zuvella midseason deal. Oh, I haven't posted Claudell yet? In due times, folks... in due time.

What's wrong with this picture, anyway? Poor Ken the 1st is fading away into the background. It's hard to tell where the sky ends and the Griffey begins. Maybe these airbrushing guys should concentrate on painting skies instead of guys.

(If you are interested in obtaining a card featured here - but not this one - please send me an e-mail. If you have a card you would like to nominate for Airbrushed Fridays, please get in touch as well. I will require that I am able to see the card in person, either on loan or as a donation, so that I can examine the card and experience it in all its cruddiness.)

1 comment:

ecloy said...

Here in this eBay auction you can see some early Topps "artwork":
http://cgi.ebay.com/59-Topps-Orig-Color-Negative-Thomas-Last-Time-Listed-/300459922207?pt=US_Baseball&hash=item45f4ce931f