Cards like this beauty of Mike Krushelnyski bring me back to a simpler time. A time when we knew which photos were altered and which ones weren’t. Things are a lot more complicated, photo-wise, now. Just go on the Internet and look for anything, you’ll understand.
In 1988, there was no Photoshop, and I think the public was generally assumed to be pretty dumb, which is in large part why O-Pee-Chee was able to get away with this.
A lot of times they stuck to head and shoulder photos for their airbrushing “magic,” so you might not notice what they’d done right away – like with Jimmy Carson below. But with Krushelnyski, they basically made him into a cartoon. I know they wanted to show off the fancy new Kings jerseys, but this might not have been the best approach.
That said, if you’re looking for me, I’m going to be in the basement, airbrushing old pictures.