Monday, January 31, 2011

Awesomest night card, the semifinals

I'm a little worn out by the drive to and from the card show yesterday. Two-and-a-half hours in a car for an hour-and-a-half in a convention hall doesn't seem like a fair ... oh what am I saying? Of course it's a fair trade if it involves cards!

But I'm not up to an involved write-up on night cards, even though I've finally gotten to the semifinals of this thing. After whittling down 100 night cards, it's come down to the final four (please don't sue me, NCAA).

The last card to reach the semifinals is the Triple Play card of Wrigley Field that you see here. It outlasted Nolan Ryan, believe it or not. Here are the vote totals:

1. 1992 Triple Play Wrigley Field: 19 votes
2. 1990 Score Nolan Ryan: 14 votes
3. 1978 Topps Rich Chiles: 10 votes
4. 2001 Upper Deck '70s Decade Ozzie Smith: 5 votes

So, Wrigley Field can relax and kick up its feet for a week while two other night cards duke it out for a spot in the final.

You're probably very familiar with these cards by now. But here they are with minimal commentary:

Semifinalist 1: Kirk Gibson's Game 1 blast is just one of the many great things that happened in the late 1980s. It is my favorite era ever, despite all the junk wax.

Semifinalist 2: The 1981 All-Star Game is another epic moment in my baseball viewing existence. It marked the return of the sport after the strike.

I just realized that the first semifinal involves vertical cards and the second semifinal will feature horizontal cards.

Yeah, that's all I've got.

Vote anyway.


  1. Too hard...too hard...too hard...too hard...too. I decided.

  2. This one is a tuffy. Kirk Gibson's butt or Marlboro product placement. HMMMMMM.

  3. I'm glad we are down to anly having to vote between 2 cards per week. The last round was extremely tough because so many cards were great. Astetically both of these cards are great so it is going to be hard to pick a winner. So I am going to vote from experiance. I was 5 when the 81 All Star game and father wasn't a baseball fan so there was no possible chance I would have seen the game. By 1988 though I was playing Little League collected baseball cards and watched some games on TV. I remember watching Gibson's homerun as a 12 year old so he gets my vote.

  4. I was reading on about how someone thought Lasorda might have known Gibson would do what he did, based entirely on the fact that a similar thing had happened back in 1968 or something, also with a Davis on base.

    I really think that if Lasorda knew Gibson was going to hit it out, he wouldn't have used Mike Davis as a 2 out pinch hitter BEFORE Kirk. Obviously Kirk was the last roll of the dice, and if Davis hadn't worked that walk from Eck, he never would have made it to the plate.

    Sometimes the guys are a little bit weird.