Friday, March 4, 2016
Airbrushed Fridays: Farewell to Photoshop
Making Their Mark, indeed.
My fatigue with Topps and their flagship product is spilling over into my long-running "Airbrushed Fridays" series, which I'm effectively ending with this post. I introduced Photoshopped cards into the series long ago because it was kind of fun to look at how photos are doctored on modern cards in modern times. Sometimes this was born out of necessity (switching teams) and sometimes for no good reason at all (like when a team gets a new uniform set.)
Now that Photoshopping and digital enhancements in general is pretty much the standard operating procedure for all of these cards, I'm kind of tired of talking about it. I leave you with one last card. Guess where the photo for this 2013 Topps Making Their Mark insert of the Tsunami man himself, Carlos Martinez, came from?
Well, you don't have to go very far. Just check out his Topps Pro Debut photo from the same year.
I may revive the series at some point as a vintage-only thing if I build up enough of a cache of old school airbrushed cards. Until then, feel free to enjoy the very excellent (and occasionally R-rated) Baseball Card Vandals site and/or Twitter feed.