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Topps could have smoked the competition two decades earlier

Posted in Newspaperman with tags , , , , , , on July 19, 2010 by Cardboard Icons

Since the mid 1980s, Topps has been producing baseball cards in smaller sizes than their typical form. They’ve been marketed as mini or micro cards, sometimes sold in packs of 6 mini glossy cards for 25 cents, other times sold in entire set forms. Either way, their popularity was relatively mild compared to their full-size counter parts. But if Topps had made just a few adjustments to the measurements, the company could have smoked the competition a full two decades before everyone started making tobacco-era style cards.

Imagine the craze that might have ensued if the company had made 1991 Topps Micro set in the same dimensions as the T206 set. That 1991 set had arguably the best photography ever seen in a single Topps base release. And coupled with the nostalgic aesthetics of a near century-old set, that combination would have been a huge hit among collectors. Also consider that this was a time when many were still buzzing over the sale of the “Wayne Gretzky Honus Wagner” card.

On the flip side, if Topps had produced such cards during that era, we might not have Allen & Ginter or T205 in their current Topps incarnation. The hobby might have grown sick of the tobacco nostalgia.

Ken Griffey Jr.’s 2009 Topps 206 card is U-G-L-Y

Posted in Box / Pack Break with tags , , , , , , , , , on December 7, 2009 by Cardboard Icons

Purchased a few more 2009 Topps 206  retail packs on Monday and pulled a mini of Ken Griffey Jr.  Is this really the best that Topps could have done for this veteran; a card of him looking like a huge blob? Seriously, given that this set is sort of  art-based, I think there were some real opportunities. Maybe Topps could have given us another Griffey card featuring that pretty swing, or give us a throw back of him climbing the wall like Spiderman. But to put out a card that looks like this is almost a slap in the face. I don’t care if he was an Upper Deck autograph exclusive his entire career, Griffey deserves better than this heaping pile of garbage.

The rest of the five packs break was so-so. No shortprint minis, no short print base cards, but I did wind up with a relic: Chipper Jones Old Mill (1:254 packs) border jersey card. It also should be noted that I pulled another Trevor Cahill mini (Piedmont) and it appears that Topps just screwed up all of the Cahill minis as this one also features the back intended for Josh Whitesell.

2009 Upper Deck baseball photos gone wrong

Posted in Newspaperman with tags , , , , , , , on September 25, 2009 by Cardboard Icons

2009UDJoseReyesWhen 2009 Upper Deck hit the market earlier this year, collectors across the country lauded the company’s great design and spectacular photography. Well, last night I came across two really poor photo choices for two HUGE baseball stars. The first is Jose Reyes. Look at this picture. Unless I am mistaken — or Jose Reyes is a magician — this speedster with a cannon for arm is about to drop this infield pop-up. Is that really the image you want plastered on your baseball card?

UPDATE: Using my sleuthing skills, I was able to discern that the Reyes image MUST have been shot on May 11, 2008, Mother’s Day — the day Major League Baseball allowed players to use pink bats and wear the same color wristbands in an effort to bring awareness to breast cancer. The box score from that game indicates that no errors were committed. We all knew Reyes was a thief, but I guess also must be a magician.


The second image depicts Braves stud and future hall of famer Chipper Jones. Upon first glance, this card seems all good — Chipper swinging one-handed, probably jerking a pitch into right field for a base hit. But if that is the case, then what the hell is going on in the bottom right corner. See that cloud of dirt? Unless someone can persuade me otherwise, I’m going to insist that the cloud of dirt is being created by a ball in the dirt at which Chipper is swinging and missing. I looked at Chipper’s face for evidence of what might be happening here, but Chipper must be a hell of a poker player because I really can’t tell.

Larry Wayne “Chipper” Jones Is The Man

Posted in TTM Success with tags , , , , , , , on January 28, 2009 by Cardboard Icons

My run on Through The Mail autographs has been real spotty the last year or so. I sent out a bunch during 2008 Spring Training after having a very successful 2007 TTM season, but the success rate has been much lower. Well, a 2008 straggler arrived today and it was a doozie.

chipperautoWithout further ado, let me welcome my good friend, Larry Wayne Jones, better known to you and I as “Chipper.” I sent two cards and a letter to Chipper in the Spring hoping that I might be one of the lucky recipients of his signature.It was a long shot for sure, but figured it was worth a try.

Well today I received my a plain white envelope in the mail; it was from Chipper Jones. Continue reading