Friday, April 11, 2014

Airbrushed Fridays: 2014 Topps Opening Day #212

Opening Day has come and gone, and all we're left with is the cards.

Who is he? Mark Trumbo has quietly become one of the game's premiere sluggers. He hit his 100th career HR this past Sunday.

How did he get here? After signing Josh Hamilton to a fat contract as a free agent a little over a year ago on the heels of the big Albert Pujols contract, the Angels suddenly had little room for one of the most productive bats in their lineup. Trumbo managed to stick around for another year due in part to injuries and inconsistencies, but they finally dealt him this past offseason in a three team trade that brought back Tyler Skaggs and Hector Santiago.

Repeat offender? No

Other versions of this card: 2014 Topps #43 (completely different photo), Pre-Photoshopped Photo

Airbrushed Score: 4

Comments: This is actually a pretty solid Photoshop job as I think most people wouldn't realize the photo wasn't completely authentic if they didn't have the knowledge that these things were produced before his first season in Arizona started.

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