Your Turn: What one baseball card is the worst ever?

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This Jim Kavourias 2002 Bowman card just barely gets Chris Olds' nod as perhaps the worst single card ever for some rather-forced Photoshop work. What's yours?

By Chris Olds | Baseball Editor

You may have seen the Your Turn page in nearly every issue of Beckett Baseball where we showcase stuff that is all about you. You can see your comments on hobby topics and get chances to win cool stuff in contests all on one page.

Here’s the next Your Turn question for the November issue:

What one single (real) card is, in your mind, the worst ever made — and why? (BASEBALL ONLY)

Please include your name and location with your comment below — we will only run items with that information. A selection of your answers will appear in the next issue along with our next batch of contests and giveaways found only in the magazine.

My three leading candidates  — though there would be others if given more time — are:

2002 Bowman Jim Kavourias — This gem (above) looks like his head was Photoshopped onto the body and the same image also is used onto the back. It’s more disturbing in-person than seen here, and it’s bugged me for nine-years-plus … my first — and only — thought was … they couldn’t just leave him out? (He was a fifth-round draft pick in 2000 and was out of baseball by 2005.)

1983 Topps John Denny — One of the most-epically airbrushed (pre-Photoshop altering) cards of the 1980s, though there are countless examples of that back in the day and beyond. The clouds just add more to the greatness of this card, though.

1982 Fleer Jack Morris — Not one of the best crops in baseball card history … in fact, it’s among the worst.

If I had to pick just one? I’d go with the 2002 Bowman card — just barely over the Morris … but I want to hear YOUR picks for the worst single card ever made in a comment below.

Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Baseball magazine. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an email to him at colds@beckett.com. Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.

55 Comments

  1. Posted Monday August 29th, 2011 at 08:43 AM | Permalink

    Steve Uhlmann
    Pittsburgh, PA

    Jason Michaels 2007 Topps. The worst part about it is the head shot on the back is a picture of the back of his head. Take a look for yourself

    http://bit.ly/reHsEd
    http://bit.ly/qk4X0K

  2. chrisolds
    Posted Monday August 29th, 2011 at 08:44 AM | Permalink

    That mugshot on the back is pretty epic! (I’ve seen worse on the front…)

  3. Posted Monday August 29th, 2011 at 08:52 AM | Permalink

    2008 Topps Kazuo Uzuki. Do I really have to explain why?

  4. Randall Roberson
    Posted Monday August 29th, 2011 at 11:15 AM | Permalink

    The Topps 1977 Rick Jones, #118. This card really confused me when I was nine years old because the 1977 Topps set did not include any other portrait prints. I thought he had died so they didn’t have a photo to print. I am still confused by what Topps did with this card.

    http://www.deanscards.com/images/products/1977_topps/topps1977-118F.jpg

  5. Dav-O
    Posted Monday August 29th, 2011 at 01:22 PM | Permalink

    1973 Topps Reggie Jackson. As a kid, I could never find his face in that blur.

    http://caimages.collectors.com/psaimages/2493/17127565/1973ToppsReggieJackson255.jpg

  6. Posted Monday August 29th, 2011 at 01:36 PM | Permalink

    Are you kidding? The 1991 Score Dream Team Doug “Flaming Balls” Jones.
    http://www.tribecards.net/2007/10/flaming-balls.html

  7. chrisolds
    Posted Monday August 29th, 2011 at 01:59 PM | Permalink

    Cmon guys … you have better ones out there than this!!!

    I will admit I have never seen the 1977 Rick Jones before. (Not a fan of that set.)

  8. sheetskout (jordo2323)
    Posted Monday August 29th, 2011 at 02:12 PM | Permalink

    How about a little Dirty Sanchez?

    http://www.baseball-almanac.com/players/pics/israel_sanchez_autograph.jpg

  9. Frank Hennessy
    Posted Monday August 29th, 2011 at 02:25 PM | Permalink

    Big Bruins and Craig Janney fan growing up. This card always sat at the bottom of my Janney collection. Funny thing is the back pic is 100 times better

  10. chrisolds
    Posted Monday August 29th, 2011 at 02:31 PM | Permalink

    Baseball only on this one as it’s for Beckett Baseball magazine …

  11. Jeff Fisher
    Posted Monday August 29th, 2011 at 02:54 PM | Permalink

    Topps 2005 Magglio Ordonez #375. Every time i see it it just freaks me out.

    That ’82 Fleer Morris is hard to beat though

  12. David Johnson
    Posted Monday August 29th, 2011 at 03:07 PM | Permalink

    1984 Fleer Jay Johnstone
    If you just saw the picture you would have no idea he was a baseball player.
    http://www.checkoutmycards.com/Users/SteveSC/Cards/Baseball/1984/Fleer/495/Jay_Johnstone/1892821

  13. David Johnson
    Posted Monday August 29th, 2011 at 03:14 PM | Permalink

    1994 Stadium Club Orel Hershiser is pretty bad too. I know they call the minors being down on the farm, but I didn’t realize that they had to do actual farming work.
    http://bapple2286.files.wordpress.com/2010/07/orel-94-tsc1.jpg

  14. Posted Monday August 29th, 2011 at 03:22 PM | Permalink

    1976 Topps Traded Oscar Gamble. This was the first set I ever collected, and when the subject of bad cards comes up, this is still the first one I think of. The hair … the airbrushing … the card design … it’s just all bad.

    http://www.baseballtoddsdugout.com/1976ToppsTradedGamble.jpg

  15. Zach Thiel
    Posted Monday August 29th, 2011 at 03:24 PM | Permalink

    Enough said 1989 Procards Keith Comstock, wow!!!

    http://www.tumblr.com/photo/1280/1410868980/1/tumblr_laxbxmT04T1qbblrp

    Thanks,
    Zach

  16. chrisolds
    Posted Monday August 29th, 2011 at 03:55 PM | Permalink

    Most of these are classics, not duds. The Oscar Gamble is Hall of Fame caliber! Comstock, too …

  17. Posted Monday August 29th, 2011 at 04:20 PM | Permalink

    I was thinking along the lines of the 1987 Topps Mike Laga card #321. The airbrushing on that one was terrible as the jersey was more pink than red, and I’ll have to check when I get home, but I could swear that the color of the cap was glowing.

    Sincerely,

    JayBee Anama
    bdj610

  18. Posted Monday August 29th, 2011 at 04:24 PM | Permalink

    I was thinking along the lines of the 1987 Topps Mike Laga card #321. The airbrushing on that one was terrible as the jersey was more pink than red, and I’ll have to check when I get home, but I could swear that the color of the cap was glowing.

    Sincerely,

    JayBee Anama
    Des Plaines, IL
    bdj610

  19. Hulbert
    Posted Monday August 29th, 2011 at 04:34 PM | Permalink

    1992 bowman #98 Derek Lowe That shirt is terrible. in fact all the 92 bowman with the players in street clothes were bad.

  20. Posted Monday August 29th, 2011 at 04:56 PM | Permalink

    Patrick Mortensen
    Bloomingdale, NJ

    My pick is from my first factory set I ever got as a kid. 1994 Upper Deck Collector’s Choice Cal Ripken Jr. He’s sitting in the dugout talking on his “Zack Morris” cell phone. The big gray brick w/ 8in. black antenna was state of the art back than, I guess, but now, GESH!
    Even back then, I thought it was the worst card I have ever seen. NO action shot, No “bat in hand” pose, but sitting in the dugout talking on a phone? C’mon

    http://smedcards.wordpress.com/2011/04/30/cal-ripken-1994-ud-collectors-choice/

  21. Patrick Mortensen
    Posted Monday August 29th, 2011 at 04:58 PM | Permalink

    Patrick Mortensen

  22. Patrick Mortensen
    Posted Monday August 29th, 2011 at 05:05 PM | Permalink

    Patrick Mortensen
    Bloomingdale, NJ

    My pick, is from the first factory set I got as a kid. 1994 UD Collector’s Choice: Cal Ripken Jr. He is sitting in the dugout talking on his “Zack Morris” Cell phone. A future HOF’er on the phone, What a Card! C’mon

    http://smedcards.wordpress.com/2011/04/30/cal-ripken-1994-ud-collectors-choice/

  23. Hoppe
    Posted Monday August 29th, 2011 at 06:06 PM | Permalink

    Scott Hoppe from the 513
    2010 Topps 206 #14 Joey Votto for some reason the artist made Joey look like he hadn’t had any sleep for weeks or was zombiefied.

  24. Alex
    Posted Monday August 29th, 2011 at 06:21 PM | Permalink

    1966 and 1967 Claude Raymond.
    Watch under the belt :-)
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/1966-Topps-586-Claude-Raymond-NM-MT-/370538366492?pt=US_Baseball&hash=item5645cec61c

  25. Ben
    Posted Monday August 29th, 2011 at 06:44 PM | Permalink

    How about the ’75 Topps Billy Grabarkewitz – looks like the Cubs were drawing hats on with chalk during the season….maybe a cost cutting measure.

    http://www.checkoutmycards.com/Cards/Baseball/1975/Topps,=1975+Topps+233+Billy+Grabarkewitz

  26. Kevin
    Posted Monday August 29th, 2011 at 08:06 PM | Permalink

    That Jack Morris is hysterical, it gets my vote hands down. It’s bad on so many levels. There is nothing right about that pictures.

  27. David Hollingsworth
    Posted Monday August 29th, 2011 at 08:07 PM | Permalink

    2006 Topps Tom Gordon #163– they airbrushed him into a Phillies uniform even though the team name still said Yankees.

  28. steve emerick
    Posted Monday August 29th, 2011 at 08:10 PM | Permalink

    Although I think its cool I never understood the picture.

    1952 Topps Gus Zernial with all the balls attached to his bat!

  29. Audrey Zhang
    Posted Monday August 29th, 2011 at 10:25 PM | Permalink

    1972 topps NOLAN RYAN

  30. Jerod
    Posted Tuesday August 30th, 2011 at 12:09 AM | Permalink

    Is this a baseball card or an insert in the serial killers set. 1974 Topps Traded John Curtis.

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/1974-Topps-BB-373T-John-Curtis-Cards-NM-/230434341422?pt=US_Baseball&hash=item35a6f5022e#ht_500wt_1361

  31. Kory Kasler
    Posted Tuesday August 30th, 2011 at 05:24 AM | Permalink

    Who thought this was a good picture to use??? 2009 Topps 206 Tommy Hanson RC

    http://www.google.com/imgres?q=2009+topps+206+hanson&um=1&hl=en&sa=N&biw=1600&bih=707&tbm=isch&tbnid=b5BYc7kNDwCA7M:&imgrefurl=http://www.ioffer.com/si/atlanta%2Bbraves%3Fprice%3D2&docid=ctgOMFbHwd7q8M&w=582&h=827&ei=CMhcTrfUIJC3tgeZ9t3IAw&zoom=1&iact=rc&dur=411&page=1&tbnh=147&tbnw=114&start=0&ndsp=30&ved=1t:429,r:2,s:0&tx=79&ty=79

  32. john paul
    Posted Tuesday August 30th, 2011 at 07:33 AM | Permalink

    1981 topps #172 gary woods. there are alot of bad airbrushed helmets,jerseys,etc. out there, but when you add gary’s piercing peepers to the mix, that’s a scary card! got to be my pick for worst card ever! i also must give a shout out to the ugliest set ever produced, the 1986 topps set. what were they thinking!?

  33. Posted Tuesday August 30th, 2011 at 07:37 AM | Permalink

    i’m not very good with posting websites or adding pics. so i will try it here, but for those without the set, just google 1981 topps gary woods / images to get an eyefull of my #1 pic!

  34. Posted Tuesday August 30th, 2011 at 08:21 AM | Permalink

    There will be no shortage of candidates, but this one has to be up there:

    2001 UD Gold Glove “Slugger’s Choice” batting glove card of Neifi Perez!

    http://cardboardicons.files.wordpress.com/2011/08/2001sluggerschoiceneifiperez.jpg

    The most home runs Perez hit in one season was 12 … in 1996. For his career he had 64 over 12 seasons. That’s an average of a tad over 5 per. Hardly a “Slugger.”

  35. Posted Tuesday August 30th, 2011 at 09:12 AM | Permalink

    I would like to submit the 1991 Stadium Club Dave Stewart card. I get the whole “high end” concept of SC back in the day, but a baseball player in a tux? Especially one who wasn’t a bona fide superstar? Nolan, OK… he can get away with it… but Stewart? Was he walking down the street while they were doing Nolan’s photo shoot?

  36. kollectonet
    Posted Tuesday August 30th, 2011 at 09:30 AM | Permalink

    Linard Cherry
    Atlanta, Ga

    I would say 1991 bowman Jeff Bagwell RC. Clearly airbrushed and his hand is like 2 times as big as it should be. It could fit totally across Astros on the front of his jersey.

  37. Posted Tuesday August 30th, 2011 at 11:14 AM | Permalink

    2011 Bowman Platinum Michael Pineda. I’m really not sure what to make of the picture they chose… but it cracks me up every time I see it.

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/2011-Bowman-Platinum-Michael-Pineda-RC-Mariners-/270801901893

  38. Rookies89
    Posted Tuesday August 30th, 2011 at 01:16 PM | Permalink

    Jose Canseco, 1994 Upper Deck Collector’s Choice
    Pic says it all.

    http://www.baseballcardbust.com/2010/03/jose-canseco-1994-upper-deck-collectors.html

  39. chrisolds
    Posted Tuesday August 30th, 2011 at 03:19 PM | Permalink

    Aw, cmon! That Canseco is a gem!

  40. Posted Tuesday August 30th, 2011 at 04:50 PM | Permalink

    Come on guys, I had a whole section about this in my book (cheap pop!).

    First off, anything Comic Ball belongs at the top. That set stank up more card shops than sweaty dealer-worn jerseys.

    Beyond that, how is there any doubt that the ’91 Dream Team Canseco card is not the worst full-out baseball card of all time?

  41. Posted Tuesday August 30th, 2011 at 05:04 PM | Permalink

    I wish to amend my entry. The worst “baseball” card set is the “Tortoise & The Hare” card from 2009 Topps Tribute.

    SRSLY, what is this doing in a $50/pack product?

  42. Mrcjbyrd
    Posted Tuesday August 30th, 2011 at 05:09 PM | Permalink

    That Tommy Hanson one had me laughing for a good while..

  43. Trey
    Posted Tuesday August 30th, 2011 at 06:48 PM | Permalink

    I’d have to go with Vern Ruhle’s 1983 Topps card where we’re given a way too close up shot of his severely acne scarred face.

    http://images.checkoutmycards.com/zoom/fc5a2c50-c5f0-4853-823f-c8e401791255.jpg

  44. Mike Moeller
    Posted Tuesday August 30th, 2011 at 09:47 PM | Permalink

    Mike Moeller
    Tacoma, WA

    1978 Greg Minton #312 stands out to me, they must have painted over someone else’s face. The painted over teeth make him look like he could gnaw through a small tree. Plus the painted on glasses look like someone was defacing a subway poster. Then to top it off, Topps came back in 1979 rectifying it by using a picture of Greg Minton #84 with a huge dip in his front lip, nice work.
    (Although at least half the set from 1981 Fleer could qualify.)

  45. Randall Roberson
    Posted Tuesday August 30th, 2011 at 10:56 PM | Permalink

    The Hanson is hilarious! Poor Vern Ruhle he could have used some horrible air-brushing since he didn’t have Proactive.

  46. Kenny Myers
    Posted Wednesday August 31st, 2011 at 05:26 AM | Permalink

    1987 Mika Laga

    I bet the Card’s players busted on him.

  47. Jamison
    Posted Wednesday August 31st, 2011 at 06:05 AM | Permalink

    take a look at 1977 topps Rick Jones…the entire pix is colored…including the face

    I unlocked this card in the Topps million card giveaway

  48. Tim
    Posted Wednesday August 31st, 2011 at 12:06 PM | Permalink

    Topps is consistent with worst cards ever in their prospect sets. There is always a card with the wrong picture of the guy and sometimes even the wrong facsimile autograph. I can’t even count on my two hands the times I’ve asked guys to sign a card and they’ve told me “That’s not me”. Jonathan Schoop’s Bowman, Clayon Shunick’s Bowman, Brandon Roberts(Twins/Reds) Bowman, etc… If you can’t put the right person on the card, don’t put them in the set at all.

  49. jon prodanovich
    Posted Thursday September 1st, 2011 at 07:27 AM | Permalink

    any card with the distorted pitcher’s arm angle are disgusting cards and really need to stop being made.

  50. Posted Thursday September 1st, 2011 at 05:19 PM | Permalink

    I have one more for you, and then I’ll go away.

    2002 Topps Traded Jason Bay #T227. In an era of Photoshop, it’s nice to see that Topps will still airbrush cards at their leisure.

    Sincerely,

    JayBee Anama
    Des Plaines, IL
    bdj610

  51. Newton
    Posted Saturday September 3rd, 2011 at 01:06 AM | Permalink

    I have to agree with the 2009 Hanson !! Its like he’s the Jordan of baseball (forgetting to open his mouth)

  52. Sean
    Posted Saturday September 3rd, 2011 at 04:26 PM | Permalink

    I’d have to go with the 1978 Topps Greg Minton:

    http://img.beckett.com/images/items_stock/185223/3813000/3813319/front.jpg

  53. Nick
    Posted Tuesday September 6th, 2011 at 10:13 AM | Permalink

    1991 Score Dream Team set. They all tie for worst and best of all-time simultaneously.

  54. aaron zimmer
    Posted Friday September 16th, 2011 at 10:13 AM | Permalink

    that 82 fleer jack morris!! Where is he ?

  55. john laib
    Posted Wednesday October 19th, 2011 at 04:16 PM | Permalink

    1966 Don Mossi-American Gothic

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