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Fun Cards: 1988 National League All-Star First Basemen

Will the Thrill

Will the Thrill

Will Clark was the starting first baseman for the National League in 1987, with Andres Galarraga and Gerald Perry backing him up.

The Big Cat

The Big Cat

The players would have started The Big Cat by a slight margin over Will The Thrill. Perry was fifth in the players’ poll; he was the lone Atlanta representative on the NL roster.

Perry

Perry

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Photoshop challenge

Everyone is upset about Topps’ decision to include manipulated photos of Albert Pujols and Jose Reyes as short prints in 2012 series one. I couldn’t care less. I’m not going to collect the set anyway, I don’t like the Angels or Marlins, and I don’t collect Pujols or Reyes. So it doesn’t really matter to me at all.

But it did start the wheels spinning in my feeble brain…what if Topps took that concept and applied it to older issues?

We all know that the Montreal Expos were unethically magically transformed into the Washington Senators Nationals a few years ago by the grand poobah commissioner of baseball, Palpatine Bud Selig. So what if Topps went back in time and Photoshopped some of the old Expos cards into Nationals cards? How awesome would it be to have a 1984 Topps Gary Carter as a Washington backstop? Or a 1987 Topps Andres Galarraga rookie card sporting the Nats’ duds?

I know, I’m terrible. I’m probably the worst Photoshopper on the planet, and there are many out there who are better than I could ever dream of being. So prove it. Take an old Expos card and make it Washingtonian. Or put a 1980s-style Atlanta Braves uniform on Warren Spahn. Or let’s see Frank Howard wearing a Rangers jersey.

If enough people are into it, maybe I’ll throw a prize your way.

Now get to it!

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