Victor Martinez is one of the premier offensive catchers in the league, but he's not known as much of a defensive presence. For this reason, as well as competition at the position, he's been relegated to a lot of 1B and DH duties. Unfortunately, V-Mart is out for the season with an all too common torn anterior cruciate ligament.
Why did Topps airbrush Victor's card? After a productive season and a half with Boston that culminated in an All-Star appearance in 2010, Victor signed with the Tigers as a big time free agent. Detroit's payroll is gargantuan this season after they inked Prince Fielder to a 9 year deal.
What's wrong with this picture, anyway? As is the usual deal, the Tigers had not taken the field with V-Mart in tow when the Topps Opening Day set was released last year. (As a side note, does anyone know if there is a 2012 Opening Day set?)
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.