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Monday, March 22, 2010

First Round Matchups: 3 vs. 14 and 4 vs. 13

Game #5
3) 2009 Topps Heritage #83 Derek Jeter "Red Sox"

In 1960 Topps produced three "proof" cards of players who were traded in the offseason that had the player's previous team's logo on them. To commemorate these cards turn their history into a cynical money grab, Topps made some ultra-rare variations including this one of a player who has never played a single inning for the Red Sox and never ever will.


14) 1997-8 Pinnacle Inside (Cards in a can)

When Pinnacle was getting really deep into the death throes of needless gimmickry, they came up with the ingenious idea of putting flat, rectangular baseball cards into a round, cylindrical can. The idea was that grocery stores could stack their baseball cards on an endcap, thus using about 10 times the space for an item that wasn't going to make them all that much money anyway. As an added bonus, the kiddos could all cut the crap out of their fingers on the jagged lid of the can when they opened it!

Game #6

4) 2007 Topps #40 Jeter/Bush/Mantle

One of the most insidious gimmicks ever. Take a wildly popular player, photoshop in one overused baseball legend, slap on a goofy picture of the President and voila! Instant collector madness. Remember, folks, this wasn't a short print, this was Jeter's base card. Not even a variation, this was it. The damn thing was still selling for big bucks.


13) 2008 Topps #234 Red Sox "Rudy Giuliani"

Anyone sick of the goddamn Red Sox and Yankees yet? What does this even mean? Rudy's from New York. The Red Sox are from Boston. Manny has an albino squid eating his head. I think Lady Gaga is in the middle of the pile somewhere.  Add the wretched Topps photo-killing logo bump scraping Rudy's knuckles and you have an exercise in lunacy.


Anonymous said...

I believe Rudy made reference (while campaigning for president) to rooting for the American league team in the world series, which happened to be the Red Sox. Local papers refered to him as "judas" and "a traitor" because of it.

Jeffrey Wolfe said...

Boy, 2007 was a bad year for Topps, wasn't it?

dinged corners said...

the headchomping albino squid is now going to give me nightmares