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A completed run of 1991, 1992, 1993 Elite Series insert cards w/ autographs

Posted in Newspaperman with tags , , , , , , on May 14, 2014 by Cardboard Icons

It dawned on me the other day that I mentioned in a Beckett column that I completed my run of 1991 through 1993 Donruss Elite Series
Insert cards but had not showed them off on this blog. So, here it goes:

1991

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1992

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1993

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Topps cartoons are ridiculously funny

Posted in Newspaperman with tags , , , , , , , on March 17, 2010 by Cardboard Icons

I was going through a stack of 2010 Topps inserts the other day and came across this Target-exclusive Cal Ripken Red Back 1951 remake card. Check out the illustration on the top right. Looks like the guy is getting hit in the head. The illustration makes me laugh, but I’m sure Tony Conigliaro and Paul Shaal wouldn’t find this funny at all.

Love It, Hate It: 2005 Donruss Cal Ripken ’85 Diamond Kings Reprint

Posted in Love It / Hate It with tags , , , , , , on August 21, 2009 by Cardboard Icons

2005Donruss85DKRipkenRPI have a love/hate relationship when it comes to reprint cards. There are a few types of reprints I don’t mind owning, like that of the 1909 T-206 Honus Wagner, or the 1915 Cracker Jack Joe Jackson. But when it comes to reprints of modern cards, I’m kind of baffled about their existence. Sometimes I love ’em, sometimes I hate ’em.

In 2005, Donruss decided to celebrate the 20-year anniversary of the 1985 set by issuing reprints of some of the Diamond King subsets from that year. One of them was this Cal Ripken Jr. pictured here.

I traded for this card, which is limited to … 1,985 copies, clever … about three weeks ago, and took it on pretty much as a tradebait piece. I don’t love or hate Ripken per se, but it is not difficult to find someone who would be willing to trade me some Red Sox for this card. I traded for it sight unseen, figuring that these reprint Diamond Kings usually look pretty snazzy.

But when this one arrived, I kind of got an upset feeling in my stomach, like someone had kicked me in the balls. The card is what it is, so there was no chicanery there. It is indeed the reprint that was advertised, and it is “limited.” But for some reason this looks like a piss-poor knockoff. The card design is exactly like that of the 1985 set, which I happen to enjoy, but the design here looks fuzzy, and the card ends up looking like someone just made a photocopy of the old card.

Judging by what you see here, what is your reaction? Do you like (love) or dislike (hate) the card?