Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Cardboard appreciation: the champion

(Welcome everyone to the 800th post on Night Owl Cards. I hope you've enjoyed your time here so far. I thought the champion of the Cardboard Appreciation Vote-Off would be a fitting topic for a milestone post. So here is Cardboard Appreciation):

The vote was a lot closer than I thought it would be, and up until the last couple of days I wasn't sure whether the 1975 Oscar Gamble card or the 1991 Carlton Fisk card would win the overall Cardboard Appreciation Vote-Off championship.

But, it turns out the card that I thought would win DID win. The Fisk card has just reached iconic status -- at least on this blog -- by charging through week after week of eliminations without a scratch. Here are the final vote totals:

1. Carlton Fisk, 1991 Topps: 31 votes
2. Oscar Gamble, 1975 Topps: 26 votes

The Fisk card RULES as the great Cardboard Appreciation champion, and will take his spot on the sidebar in the newly created Cardboard Appreciation Hall of Fame (just as soon as I get to it).

And that means I am ready for another weekly round of Cardboard Appreciation topics. No more polls or vote-offs or angst about whether your favorite card advanced. Just some good, old-fashioned, excruciatingly detailed examinations of my favorite baseball cards.

After I've done that 50 or so more times, then I'll hold another Cardboard Appreciation Vote-Off and get someone to join Fisk in the Hall of Fame.

But for now, that's it. Good luck to you Mr. 1991 Topps Carlton Fisk. Wear your title proudly.

Good night.


Yeah, I know what you're thinking. I crown a card champion, I reach 800 posts and that's all I can write? Where is the pomp? Where is the circumstance?

Sorry, I'm just too lazy today.

Besides, I've been a bit distracted by my new favorite card:

I could write a list of all of the things that I love about this card, but I think after reason number 127, you'd begin to get concerned for me.

So, let's just say, it looks like Stan knows how to party.

Oh, and here's the back:

Yeah, Stan, definitely knows how to party.

(Thanks, Max!)


  1. YESS! Go Fisk!

    I found this card like a week at some point and was so glad that I have it. It truly is one of the best cards I have ever seen, and deserves to be in your Hall. Well done Carlton.

  2. I thought that Copland's Appalachian Spring was a better ballet.

  3. Holy Moly, 800 POSTS! That is awesome! I can't remember reading a bad post-I am sure they exist, but not in my memmory, so 800 GREAT POSTS!!! Congrats on that! There are a number of reasons I voted for the Fisk, I am glad it won and I am glad it was the topic for your 800th post. That is THE set of the 90s and it was remarkably easy to complete... I think I actually finished a second set with traded cuz I like it so much if anyone wants to trade... Sorry I had to make this comment ALL ABOUT ME! Congrats again and heres to 800000000000000 more!

  4. Dammit, Mark, you had me going on a search of Aaron Copland musical works to try to figure out what the heck you were talking about.


  5. Congrats on your 800th post. I can't say that I've read all of them, but I've enjoyed all the ones I have read. That's amazing. As an unabashed supporter of plays at the plate, I congratulate Carlton, the photographer and the editor at Topps who had the dumb luck to use a great photo for this card.

  6. Greg,

    Just trying to bring some culture to the blogosphere. And congrats on post #800.

  7. After wintering in Winston Montana, Stan can't wait to get back to the bright lights of Bakersfield! Funny, in a truly sad way......