Friday, January 13, 2012

Airbrushed Fridays: 2008 Topps #532

Welcome to another edition of Late Night Airbrushed Fridays: Tebow Free since 2009!

Tim Lahey is a minor league pitcher who found his way onto a Topps MLB rookie card under dubious circumstances. He's never appeared in a major league game, yet has spent time on a roster. I'm not certain that he technically qualifies for a Topps card in this day and age, but he didn't come into the league with the fanfare of, say, Alex Gordon.

Why did Topps airbrush Tim's photo? Lahey was drafted by the Twins, and then made his way to the Rays via the Rule V draft. He was cut before the season started, claimed by the Cubs before ultimately landing with the Phillies - who also cut him a week into the season. He was returned to Minnesota before this set even came out. It appears that he's actually out of baseball completely at this point, with no stats available for the 2011 season.

What's wrong with this picture, anyway? The colors... the logos... they are just not right looking.

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.

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