Extreme Photoshop FAIL

Baseball card collectors want it all and they won’t settle for anything less. So that might explain the Update/Traded sets that have been a force in The Hobby long before I ever picked up a pack of cards. Still, sometimes it may be best to accept defeat rather than release a monstrosity like the 2002 Topps Traded Jason Bay.

In case you didn’t know, Jason was drafted by the Montreal Expos in 2000 but was a San Diego Padre before becoming a staple with the Pittsburgh Pirates. Playing with the Red Sox this season, Bay is nearing career-highs in home runs and RBI while playing on a team that’s leading the American League in the Wild Card race.

Still, there’s just no excuse for the Photoshop FAIL of the 2002 Topps Traded card. It’s almost as bad as the 2008 Bowman Draft Picks & Prospects Josh Reddick, with perhaps the worst Photoshop disaster of all-time in trading card history. In case you missed that one, click HERE.

(h/t – Padrographs)

(thumbnail leads to a full-size scan)

Oh Bay

8 thoughts on “Extreme Photoshop FAIL

  1. Did Topps take several pictures and Photoshop a similar picture for the Topps Updated set? I agree the Padres jersey just seems to be a bit too contrasted and bright for the rest of the image. I also admit it is very easy to swap out backgrounds on portrait shots like this. However, there are just too many differences in the picture for me to believe it’s the same photo just photoshopped to switch teams. His point of focus, the position of the bat, the wood grain, and several other more minor details are definitely different between the two…

  2. Ok, thanks for the clarification. I think the jersey looks awful. Those wrinkles just look very fake, almost like you’d expect to see on an A&G or Chicle card than an actual photo.

  3. As a guy who was a designer in the early turn of the century I can say this much: Photoshop was a bit harder to use back then. Not as many options and the programming was heavy and awkward when trying to make a new photo from something done in another program and impported in.
    But still not a grade A job.

  4. Trust me….if you go back to the 70’s and 80’s there are many airbrush jobs which look twenty times worse…

  5. Maybe they were trying to recapture the magic of old-timey 1970s spray-bottle-to-photo airbrushing, as seen in the 1974 or href=”http://www.baseballtoddsdugout.com/1976ToppsTradedGamble.jpg”>1976 Traded sets.

    The photos are certainly from the same session, and perhaps, anywhere from less than a second to a few seconds apart in time. However, I can’t rule out that as part of the editing work, they just moved his gaze and tweaked the angle of the bat a little. Compared to the garish treatment of the jersey, those would be quite subtle.

    This kind of thing’s been going on for decades, though it’s hard to tell sometimes. I remember reading once that the href=”http://tinyurl.com/owh4cm”>1956 Dave Pope has a ball airbrushed into the mitt. He supposedly did crash into the wall and failed to make the catch. Good looking photo, though, in the “enhanced” action shot. What a stud!

  6. Jason Bays’ 2002 Topps Total card is with the Mets and looks eerily similar and airbrushed. One photo three cards

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