Thursday, March 15, 2012
More fun with photoshop
Ever since photoshopping became commonplace, Topps has been going to town, putting players into their new team's uniforms, putting fences in front of bat boys on team cards, removing umpires out of photographs, you know, basically playing God with photographs.
You would think I would have a huge issue with this given that my job includes discussions about The Journalistic Integrity of Photographs. And it's true, I actually have a difficult time with certain Topps photoshopping, mostly erasing people from the photo or moving an entire crowd of fans into a different stadium.
But I don't have an issue with altering the uniforms. Topps has been doing this for decades -- back when it was called airbrushing -- and it doesn't bother me, probably because I've been seeing it since I was 9. Even though I mentioned in the last post the photos that were photoshopped from the cards out of my blaster of Opening Day, it was only for informational purposes. It wasn't because I had an issue with it.
All of those cases involved a player who had changed teams in the offseason. Topps photoshopped the player into his new team's uniform. Nothing earthshaking. It's been done numerous times.
But the Ricky Nolasco card that you see here made me pause. That's because I know Ricky Nolasco (not true), I'm good friends with Ricky Nolasco (also not true), and that's not the Marlins uniform that Ricky Nolasco is wearing on his Topps base card.
See the two cards side-by-side:
The Opening Day card on the left features Nolasco photoshopped into the new Marlins uniforms. The regular Topps card on the right has the new Marlins logo in the corner, but Nolasco's featured uniform is now considered "old school."
Here is another example. Topps placed Anibal Sanchez in his new Marlins uniform for the Opening Day card on the left. That tired, old jersey with the turquoise outline is on the base card at right.
Topps even changed the color border for the Opening Day Marlins cards. The border is blue instead of turquoise. The same thing for the card backs. OD Marlins backs are blue, not turquoise like the backs of Topps base Marlins.
Topps even went as far as changing the photo for Hanley Ramirez's Opening Day card. This is the Topps base card.
And here is Ramirez's photoshopped Opening Day card.
My guess is that Topps completely changed the photo because photoshopping all of the players in the background of the regular Topps Ramirez card would be too difficult/work-intensive/it's quitting time.
I just think it's amusing that Topps went through THAT amount of trouble to make sure that, in the Opening Day set, the Marlins were wearing the uniforms that they had yet to wear. They actually switched photos to get gosh darn "Miami" on the uniform.
Kind of neat, I guess. But not really necessary.
I just keep wondering what would happen if we pulled that kind of stunt at the newspaper. I can think of at least four or five people who wouldn't have jobs anymore.