Friday, October 3, 2014

Airbrushed Fridays: 2012 Topps Opening Day #43

The only thing missing from the Wild Card Game is a devilish game show host. Anyway, playoffs -- go!

Who is he? Angel Pagan is an outfielder with a strangely self-contradictory name. After finally breaking in with the Cubs as a part timer, he became a fixture for the Mets (who originally drafted him) who relied on his speed.

How did he get here? After a lackluster 2011 season, the Mets traded Pagan to the Giants, which would prove to be the biggest boost to his career yet. The Giants went on to win the World Series with Pagan having a career season at age 31. While Pagan still remains a key piece of the team to this day, a back injury will keep him out of the playoffs this time around.

Repeat offender? No

Other versions of this card: Here's a non-airbrushed version from the later produced Update Series.

Airbrushed Score: 4

Comments: This isn't bad, but it isn't real, either.

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