Monday, October 15, 2012

Imagine if one of today's players looked like this on a Topps card

I wonder if this is actually his natural face...

Or maybe he wasn't told about the upcoming photo session and had...well let's just say a fun evening the night before.

Wonder if Topps (or any card manufacturer) would release a card such as this today....

Thanks for reading, Robert


  1. Look at Fausto Carmona's 2009 Topps 206 base card and also Brian Roberts' 2010 Topps 206 card. Awful pictures!

  2. I have a theory about cards like this. I figure that the subject of the cards annoyed somebody at the company, for some reason, such as blowing a game the employee had a tidy some wagered on, or something.

    Selecting that photo is their measure of revenge, especially when they can imagine a child presenting that visage to them and wanting an autograph.

  3. Haha!

    Robert, I used to work for the Wilmington Blue Rocks -- KC farm club -- and their pitching coach, former ML'er Steve Luebber, told me that the photogs back then didn't even tell you when they were going to take the photos half the time. Almost paparazzi style. Pretty funny stuff.

  4. Roland has some terrific cards in later years. His 1972 Topps card is one of my favorites. He seems like one of those guys who couldn't stop talking when someone was taking his picture -- which produces both great and lousy results.