Friday, July 6, 2012

Airbrushed Fridays: 2007 Topps #549

David Freese was selected to the All-Star team yesterday as the National League's "Final Vote" selection, to make him the fifth member of this year's team to make the squad. I can't complain about that.

Who is this week's victim, and why do we care? Horacio Ramirez is a subpar left-handed starting pitcher who came up with the Braves. Seattle traded away talented reliever Rafael Soriano straight up for Ramirez. Soriano became a valuable closer and this season is Mariano Rivera's stand-in. Ramirez is playing baseball for the Korean Baseball Organization.

Why does this card exist? Because Topps released a black bordered set designed to showcase human greasy fingerprints in 2007. In this case, it was a Series 2 card, and Series 2 often includes heavy use of  Photoshop.

Airbrushed Fridays is a weekly feature as the name seems to imply. If you know of a card with an altered photograph that you'd like to see featured, please contact me. You probably won't win anything other than a hyperlink and a Kei Igawa rookie card, but you never know!

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