|Jason's scan of the card|
This is without a question one of the worst pictures ever used for a baseball card. Jason mentioned that it was so bad that it looked like it was a video capture or a picture taken of a TV screen.
Fast forward now to this week...
Sean had left a comment on a post the other day that mentioned that there was a page for Calbee baseball cards on the Japanese edition of Wikipedia. While looking over the Google translation of the page, I came across some text about the 1988 set that appears to say that Calbee did in fact actually use pictures of players on TV on some of the cards. After I pointed it out to Sean, he confirmed that that's what the text really said.
I took a look at my 1988 Calbees to see if I had any other examples of cards like this but I didn't (I only have around 20 cards from that particular set). I did a little looking on Yahoo! Japan Auctions though and found a couple I was suspicious of:
|#128 Bill Gullickson|
|#119 Ryuzo Yamasaki|
|#101 (Masumi Kuwata) & #108 (Takao Obana)|
|#110 (Doug Decinces) & #114 (Takashi Nishimoto)|
I think this is a prime example of how lazy a card company that doesn't have any competition can get.