Friday, September 19, 2008

Photoshop fun

My Internet connection at home has not been restored after Hurricane Ike, so I thought I'd try to make a post from work.

In the old days (pre-computer days), if Topps didn't have a photo of a player with his new team, they would often air brush the photo to alter the uniform. Wikipedia has an enormous article here on air brushing, in case you don't know what that is. In this day of digital photography and Photoshop, air brushing is probably a lost art.

I came upon this example while cataloging baseball cards last night (yes, things are pretty much back to normal at my house). Thursday has been movie night for the past few months but, considering conditions in the area, we decided to put it off. Troy Glaus played for the Blue Jays the last two seasons but is with the Cardinals this year. I don't know how he got there, but I'm thinking free agent signing. Topps managed to find a photo of him in a Cardinals uni for their regular set. Or did they? The Topps Opening Day set comes out after the Series 1 Topps. You would think that with a name like "Opening Day" that perhaps the cards represent opening day rosters. I don't remember from past years of this set, but the 2008 set has several players with their 2007 teams. For example, this Troy Glaus card. Look familiar?


deal said...

nice find. Glaus was actually traded for disgruntled 3b Scott Rolen. probably turned out to be a good trade for the Cardinals.

Motherscratcher said...

Wow, nice catch. I've got to give it to Topps, they did a great job on that. I never would have known.

Glad to see things are getting back to normal. And take care of that more broccoli or something.

night owl said...

There are several examples of players in two different unis between the Opening Day and regular sets. Check out Nomar Garciaparra in the 2006 set. It's just the opposite of Glaus. Nomar is in a Cubs uni in the regular set (his old team) and photoshopped into a Dodgers uni (his new team) in the Opening Day set.