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A Mint Condition 1975 Topps George Brett rookie card

Posted in Icon-O-Clasm, Instagram Portraits with tags , , , , , on February 20, 2013 by Cardboard Icons


Horrible Card of the Dat Part VI: 1990 Upper Deck Bill Buckner

Posted in Horrible Card Of The Day with tags , , , , , , on May 1, 2012 by Cardboard Icons

Infamous for the ball through the legs in the 1986 World Series, Bill Buckner need not have another reminder of the play.  Alas, just four years after that cringing moment, Upper Deck created this card which subtly reminds everyone that this everyday solid player made a giant goof on the game’s biggest stage.

There had to be dozens, if not hundreds, of photos of Buckner, yet Upper Deck chose the photographer’s photo that depicts a giant tarp tube in the background.  Surely the photographer knew he had something when he peered through his view finder and saw that the hollow portion of the tube was placed so perfectly between Buckner’s legs that it made it look like the black pit in which a ball would disappear forever.

While I think the photo in and of itself it pretty amusing.  Shame on Upper Deck for choosing THIS image.

Ugh … this card is just horrible.

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Looks whose back on the radar: Alex Gordon

Posted in Newspaperman with tags , , , , , on August 4, 2010 by Cardboard Icons

When I returned to the hobby in 2006, a strapping third baseman drawing undue comparison to George Brett was all the rage. Alex Gordon could do no wrong. Thought Matt Weiters was the first? No, Alex Gordon came before him. And no, he was not the first unproven rookie to draw high acclaim. But he was one of the biggest in recent memory.

Anyhow, I made it my goal to get one of his rookie autographs. I was returning to the hobby after three or four years away and had not fully grasped the idea of signed rookie cards. And so I went and bought this shiny beauty.

And then Alex Gordon took the field and ruined the value of my card and that of many others who had “made the plunge.”

So here we are some four years later and Gordon is back in the Majors … and he is hitting. Sure, it’s a relatively small sample size, but this is EXACTLY what we want to see from a guy who was supposedly Major League-ready but was sent down to the Minor Leagues for some more seasoning.

So now the question is asked: Is it time to Buy, Sell or Hold Alex Gordon?

Quick check on eBay shows some mild activity. Nothing that will set the hobby on fire, but his cards are selling, albeit nowhere near the levels they were at when he was the Hulk of the Hobby.