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6/28/14 - Been almost 10 years since I last updated this. Found an interesting uncut advertising panel which can be seen on the NOTES page.
Please note that the majority of these variations have a purple sky, which is why they are generally referred to as "purple sky variations". But in reality, some cards don't have a purple sky, and only the trees or background, for example, have been altered. However, under magnification, these alterations, whether it's the sky, the trees, or something else in the background, show the same effect. That is that type A's include the red color dots, and type B's have had them removed on certain areas of the card. Type A's are from the first production run of cards and somewhere along the line they decided to "correct" the colors on them, leaving subsequent print runs with the corrected cards.
My personal investigation shows that Type A's are more scarce than type B. Somewhere in the range of 10x as many B's as A's, leading me to the belief that the changes were made early in the production life of these cards.
These variations have been called "purple sky variations" becaue the majority of them have a purpleish tint to the the sky as the common theme. However, on some cards the variation is not the sky alone, it's the background, or trees, or both. Some appear to have even been corrected more than once, although ponly 2 production versions exist.. The first correction probably occurred prior to the first production run. Then, the second correction came after the initial production run, with all of the other corrections. The Leo Nomellini card is one of those cases I believe.
Here is what I belive the Nomellini card originally would have looked like, based on what the other pre-corrected cards from the 49ers look like, along with the first run card and the 2nd, more common, corrected card.
The first card in this trio is what I believe the card would have looked like had it gone uncorrected in pre-production. It is most likely what the original photo looked like. I digitally altered the sky area (and not very well....so sue me), adding red back into it to make it appear purpleish. During pre-production, someone didn't like the sky looking purple so it was "corrected" using masking techniques. Leaving the ground, trees and Leo himself still in the original colors (2nd card). This would have been the card produced during the initial printing. Then, I'm guessing, they still didn't care for the look of the brown grass and trees and decided to mask completely around Leo, and his helmet, denying the red ink to the entire background, leaving everything behind him in a odd green, glowing color (3rd card). This correction occurred after the intial print run, aong with the wholesale corrections to the rest of the 115 player cards that were corrected. Of the 2 production cards, the 3rd card shown is the most commonly found variation.
There are other corrected cards in the set that I believe were twice corrected, like this Nomellini card, but this serves as a pretty good example.