I hesitated about doing this again this year. I intend to cut down on my purchasing of current cards, and because of that, I didn't think I could get an accurate assessment of the ugliness of 2010.
But we know how that goes. The road to hell, and all that. I will probably end up with plenty of 2010 cards that I have no interest in, good intentions or not.
Plus, folks are sending me cards that they believe are "Worst Card" candidates. I can't let those good people down.
So, if you see a "Worst Card" candidate and can bear to part with it, send it to me. I'll be happy to take it and display it here -- if it meets my own stringent worstiness guidelines.
And with that, here are the first two "Worst Card of 2010" candidates. Both have been featured on blogs a number of times already and panned by the majority, so I'm not sure how much insight I can add. But at least you know these two cards are now Certifiably Awful.
We plunge into the depths:
The least that Topps could have done is make this a vertical photo. Way too much left to the imagination. And the less said about that the better.
I'm just glad the back of this card is a checklist. I don't need a write-up on the back that says Hampton and Berkman are sleep-over buddies. Puking once when I see this card is enough.
OK, Here is my annoyance: I know some people consider these fun. Whatever. Personally, I hate having pop culture infiltrate every element of society. I rarely watch non-baseball TV, I watch movies even less. I don't read celebrity magazines or gossip sheets. I'm not a fan of Hollywood. Yet I come across celebrities in so-called "news coverage" and see celebrity reports worm their way into sports news. And now it's in baseball cards. I don't even know who the guy with the caterpillar eyebrows is.
I do know who the gal is. But that's because I'm a guy, and it is my duty to know who women who look like that are. It's in the job description. But I've never seen her movies. And until I read the card, I never knew that Megan Fox had an issue with her thumbs. When I look at Megan Fox, I'm not looking at her thumbs.
So, I guess, in that way, the card was informative: it taught me that someone -- whether it was Fox or some snarky person unhappy with their body image -- pointed out Fox's thumbs. That's a gold star for you Upper Deck. Excellent job.
OK, those are the first two candidates. I don't know how we can get any lower. But I know someone out there is trying.