Friday, February 28, 2014

Airbrushed Fridays: 2013 Topps Update Series #US96

Hey hey hey HEY!

Who is he? Mark DeRosa, jack of all trades, was a utility guy that was a key bench player on a number of Braves teams early in his career. He finally got a shot at a full-time gig in a three year arc that included stops in Texas and Chicago. He's one of those guys whose reputation precedes his actual accomplishments on the field -- basically, your typical "great clubhouse guy" who isn't going to embarrass himself on the field. He concluded his impressive 16 year career by announcing his retirement recently.

How did he get here? After a rash of wrist injuries limited him in stops in St. Louis, San Francisco and Washington, the Blue Jays signed DeRosa as a free agent to enter the 2013 season which would prove to be his final hurrah.

Repeat offender? No

Other versions of this card: None. As we all know, Topps heavily relies on Getty Images these days for their cards, so for the more recent stuff I am going to try to track down the source image for these. I couldn't find a good match for this one.

Airbrushed Score: 5

Comments: I don't know, sometimes a card just looks weird. With Photoshop, there's a way that the logos and other markings just look like they're floating on the image rather than being part of it. The background is really blurry and I could probably convinced that I'm in the wrong here, which is why I gave this a fairly low "score".

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