Friday, September 3, 2010

Airbrushed Fridays: 1988 Topps #751

Reader Scott has become Blogger Scott now. Aww, look at him... he's all growed up now. Here's a card that I came across in the archives while pulling cards for him.

Jim Morrison was a singer and frontman of legendary psychedelic rock band The Doors. After quitting the band in 1971, he toiled in relative obscurity throughout the dregs of minor league baseball until he finally parlayed his skills into a part time gig as a third baseman, first with the Phillies and later on with Pennsylvania's other team.

Why did Topps airbrush Jim's photo? At the ripe old age of 45 (ignore the Topps bio stats, this must be one of those classic '80s error cards) Morrison was dealt to the Tigers for a player to be named later and Darnell Coles in the summer of 1987. There's no word if that PTBNL was someone named James Hendrix.

What's wrong with this picture, anyway? Well, first of all, the Doors singer looks funny in a ball cap. Also, the cap... it's bad. It looks like someone wanted to draw their own Tigers logo but gave up after a few minutes and started watching some old Doors bootleg VHS tapes.

(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.)

1 comment:

smedindy said...

Is that Arabic on his hat?