Friday, November 25, 2011

Airbrushed Fridays: 2011 Topps #512

Octavio Dotel Week continues here at Cards on Cards with his second obviously airbrushed card in the past year. This one isn't quite as bad as last year's Topps Update card, which had so many things going wrong with it that it probably deserves another post of its own.

Octavio Dotel is a right-handed reliever who was most recently with the World Champion St. Louis Cardinals. He became a heavily relied upon piece of Tony La Russa's bullpen down the stretch and on into the playoffs where the Cardinals pulled off quite a stunning run.

Why did Topps airbrush Octavio's photo? Dotel, who has now been with 10 teams since 2005, was signed by the Blue Jays in the offseason. Dotel first made appearances with Toronto at the beginning of April, but apparently Topps took their sweet time in finding a current photo of him.

What's wrong with this picture, anyway? Dotel didn't wear #35 with the Jays (he wore #29) and the whole logo and number have that weird fake wrapping effect to them. Also, I think the single stripe look to his black sleeves is more of a Rockies thing than a Blue Jays thing.

If you are interested in obtaining a card featured here, 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. Also, if you are reading this in the middle of the night because you're participating in some Black Friday shenanigans, you may want to seriously reconsider your priorities.

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