During the '70s and '80s, Topps attempted to draw the new team logo onto the players' caps with some spectacularly horrid results. I often wondered if Topps employees hung those card photos on their refrigerator doors at home because the logos looked like children drew them. (Check out the 1974 Jim Perry or the 1987 Mike Laga someday).
Nowadays, photoshopping has replaced airbrushing and it's a little more difficult to tell anything was done to alter the card. A little. And that's not to say Topps still isn't lazy or careless.
Exhibit A is the 2006 Topps Larry Bigbie. It's the first card of a player that I've ever come across that says he plays for THREE different teams. Bigbie started out the 2005 season playing for Baltimore and you can tell that they took the photo while he was with the Orioles. He's in Camden Yards, judging by the giant "Orioles" logo and the apparent Orioles team members in the dugout.
But Bigbie was traded to the Rockies in a deadline deal in July of 2005. So, Topps photoshopped him into a Rockies uniform and used the Rockies color scheme on the border.
THEN, Bigbie was traded to the Cardinals in December. Topps' solution was to stamp the Cardinals silver foil name onto the front of the card, but not change the border. And you'll notice on the back of the card that they put the Cardinals logo on the left-hand side, noted that he was traded from the Rockies in the upper right-hand corner, and colored the name masthead Cardinal red.
This card basically says that Bigbie plays for the Orioles, Rockies and Cardinals. This was no gimmick because no correction was made as far as I know. Bigbie didn't appear in the update set either.
We all know the irritating stuff that Topps pulls. But this is just stupid. I don't know about you, but it annoys the hell out of the editor in me. It's just shoddy work.