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2012 Topps GoldRush promo cards set to feature horrific subliminal embeds

What’s that? oh yes, these card mocks have some imagery on them straight from the depths of hell.

Originals from Beckett:

Let’s zoom in on the top right:

What the? It looks like some pissed off demon guy is staring at me!

Lets up the contrast!

Actually that didn’t really help or hurt any, if you don’t see him I’ve created a handy labeled version:

And now the lower left:

Doesn’t really look like a face or anything at first glance, but after staring at it for awhile I was able to determine that it is in fact a collage of hellish faces twisting in agony, HELL SELL!

That’s not even mentioning the weird Beckett logo embed on the lower right, what’s up with that?

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Posted by on December 7, 2011 in Ads, Topps

 

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Leaf’s NSCC promo cards to feature Alien Skull embeds

via: http://www.beckett.com/news/2011/07/leaf-readies-promo-cards-for-national-sports-collectors-convention/

Here is the card (they all have the same background):

 

upper right crop:

^Looks like a couple skulls on the bottom, upside down. If you move up and to the right you can see plenty more, plus there’s one of those weird demented looking elves near the top, sort of like:

from the Leviev ad

upper left:

lower left: (top right of image, two big ol alien eye sockets!)

lower right: (upper right again, plus all sorts of other vulgarities)

previously in subliminal advertising:

Leviev

Sage’s Alien Skull

Pretty Little Liars

 

 

 
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Posted by on July 5, 2011 in Ads

 

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Japanese baseball is Hardcore

 
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Posted by on May 10, 2011 in Ads

 

2011 Sage Big Time Alien Skulls

2011 Sage has a weird insert called “Big Time”, with all sorts of embedded vulgarities and other such strangeness.  (See video):

Here is the preview image for the card I was zooming in on in the video:

Zoomed in:

Its like an alien skull or something, freaky!

Here’s an equalized (in Photoshop) version:

SKULL!

 
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Posted by on March 26, 2011 in Ads, Jake Break

 

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Leviev, Extraordinary Diamonds and wierd subliminal embeds

This ad is from the Robb Report December issue:

click to embiggen

There are a lot of shenanigans going on here, first lets look at the top rose petals:

Hmm, that’s odd.  Looks like a slightly face in the middle.

Lets zoom in!

And again!

Looks kind of like some kind of cartoonish face, lets lower the saturation

Now it looks like the face has a forehead, and is maybe wearing a pointed hat, like a wizard!  This is fun!

If this was an isolated incident within the ad then you could say that I’m seeing things, but it’s not!

Lets zoom in on the lower right petal arrangement!

do you see him? Looks like the same guy flipped horizontally.

zooming in..

and in..

and lowering saturation…

Yup, pretty weird!

But that’s not all!

All the diamonds have freaking demon claws wrapped around them (this of course may be how they actually are, which if you think about it actually makes the art direction make sense)

I’ve cropped it out of the above picture, but there’s something else just to the left of this diamond (this is the lowest hanging diamond).  No need to zoom in on that one!

 
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Posted by on March 15, 2011 in Ads

 

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Player Magname and Player DeLongname

This is interesting.

Below you’ll find card mock ups by designer Michael Romeo.


I’m assuming he was the lead designer on all the sets shown below.  He also, according to his resume:

.. Designed over 250 high-end sports trading cards with styles ranging from modern to retro to Victorian to distressed, and received rave reviews from collectors, which translated into high profits for Topps.

See now that’s a nice little resume padding technique he’s using there.  Nobody outside of the card industry would read that and think “arrogant douchebag”, because they would have no reason to doubt it, why would they?

It isn’t common that the average person knows Topps puts out a multitude of sets each year filled with autographs and game used memorabilia.  Or that there are many factors that contribute to a product’s success or failure.  Design plays a part, but (at least in my opinion) not a crucial part that single handily dictates whether or not the company as a whole will experience “high profits”.

Now if your perception of Topps is say, a one set a year baseball card manufacturer whose main market is children, then I guess the “design equals high profits” argument is at least plausible.

Also, what is the “distressed” card design?
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Posted by on February 22, 2011 in Ads, Topps

 

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Some funny commercials by foreign devils

 
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Posted by on February 2, 2011 in Ads