Friday, February 1, 2013

Airbrushed Fridays: 2012 Topps #413

Since this is officially 2013 Topps Week, it would have been appropriate for me to post one of the cards from the new set here. I guess you'll have to wait on that. Has anyone seen any ridiculously Photoshopped cards yet? Let me know in the comments.

Who is this week's victim, and why do we care? Frank Francisco is a Dominican-born right-handed reliever who has spent most of his career as a setup guy and part-time closer. He's never been particularly amazing, but he's had his moment and won't usually make a team worse. According to Fangraphs, he's amassed 5.7 WAR in his career. That's not great, but it's serviceable.

Why is this a thing? Francisco spent most of his career with Texas, but after a one year stint with Toronto, the Mets gave him his first big payday to the tune of a 2 year/12 million dollar deal. Topps seems to produce Series 2 cards at the same time as Series 1, just holding them back for purely financial reasons, so Francisco probably hadn't taken the field with his new team while this card was developed.

Airbrushed Fridays is a regular, weekly feature as the name seems to imply. If you know of a card with an altered photograph that you'd like to see featured, please contact me. You probably won't win anything other than a hyperlink and a bunch of expired 2012 Topps Golden Giveaway codes, but you never know!

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