8.03.2009

Al Newman, 1990 Topps

Name: Al Newman
Team: Minnesota Twins
Position: Infielder
Value of card: One bootleg copy of Photoshop
Key 1989 stat: 10 versions of this card
Cut and paste: Having gotten its hands on a new photo-editing software called Photoshop, the crack photography team at Topps decided to have a little fun with its 1990 edition. Not wanting to screw around with any potentially valuable cards, the photo editors chose to make 10 backgrounds for utility infielder Al Newman. One version, of course, had him hanging out at the Metrodome, and another, shown here, had him standing in a seedy-looking sauna. But the photo magicians also had Newman visiting distant lands, posing in front of modern marvels, travelling through time, finding himself in unfortunate situations (and not-so-unfortunate situations), surviving vicious storms, exploring space and becoming a movie star. The Topps crew got endless laughs out of the trick, but card collectors were outraged at having to track down so many commons to complete their set. The stunt was cancelled and is now only used by talentless hacks with nothing better to do.
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