Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Infiltrators


This is a familiar nuisance for team collectors. You carefully prepare binders so that they can house Dodgers, and only Dodgers, and then some other teams go and crash the party.

Once, the only time this happened was on these four-player rookie cards, or the occasional airbrushed card in which Topps desperately attempted to hide the fact that what you were holding in your hand was NOT a Dodger at the time the photo was taken.

But over the last 15 years or so, it's been increasingly commonplace for more than one team to share space on a 2 1/2-by-3 1/2 inch piece of cardboard. And it's always a source of irritation for me. They are among my least favorite cards. I have learned to tolerate them, and then flip past them hastily in my binder.

The feeling I get when I see these cards is much like those old Reese's Peanut Butter Cup commercials, where two people yell indignantly "you got peanut butter in my chocolate!" "you got chocolate in my peanut butter." Only, in this case, the mixing of these two separate entities do not go great together.

But these cards have caused me to wonder:

Do I have a Dodger card with another team on it for every team in the majors?

I scrambled to find out, and only cringed a few times. Here are the results:


Ewwww! There's a Red Sox on my Dodger card!


Bleah! There's an Oriole on my Dodger card!


Gag! There's a Yankee on my Dodger card!


Pshaw! There's a (Devil) Ray on my Dodger card!


Eeesh! There's a Blue Jay('s butt) on my Dodger card!


Bleck! There's a White Sox (and some other guys) on my Dodger card!


Ugh! There's an Indian on my Dodger card!


Ick! There's a Tiger on my Dodger card!


Yuck! There's a Twin (and some other guys) on my Dodger card! (It was the most difficult to find a Twins player)


Yeesh! There's a Royal on my Dodgers card! (This is actually a Royal. Bowman messed up and put a Dodger logo on the card).


Yikes! There's an Angel on my Dodger card!


Ah! There's an Athletic on my Dodger card!


Arrrghh! There's a Mariner on my Dodger card!


Grrrrr! There's a Ranger on my Dodger card!


Barf! There's a Brave on my Dodger card!


Do! There's a Marlin on my Dodger card!


Crap! There's a Met on my Dodger card!


Zounds! There's a Phillie on my Dodger card!


Damn! There's an Expo on my Dodger card! (The Nationals just haven't been around long enough to ruin my Dodger collection).

Gah! There's a Cub on my Dodger card!


Rats! There's a Red on my Dodger card!


Phooey! There's an Astro on my Dodger card!


Blaaargg! There's a Brewer on my Dodger card!


Ooof! There's a Pirate on my Dodger card!


Shucks! There's a Cardinal on my Dodger card!


Noooooo! There's a Diamondback on my Dodger card!


Ack! There's a Rockie (and some other teams) on my Dodger card!


Bah! There's a Padre on my Dodger card!


Wretch! Vomit! Hurl! There's a Giant on my Dodger card!

Now, if you add all those up, you will get all 29 teams that are not the Dodgers. Of course, I cheated with the Nationals/Expos, but it will only be a matter of time before some dude I don't care about from Washington soils a Dodger card.

Out of the cards displayed, there are a handful that I do like. But it's very difficult to get me to enjoy these cards.

They're all infiltrators.

11 comments:

  1. I love that Corey Patterson RC! Or is it a Josh Hamilton RC now? The multi-RC serves only one purpose: to have one multi-useless card with all scrubs or one card with a superstar and 2 or 3 guys who, even if they're good, are made to look like scrubs. Has there been a blog poll for best/worst multi-RC?

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  2. I am very, extremely sorry that Mr. Furcal is wearing a uniform on your Dodger card that is incorrect, inappropriate and thoroughly unseemly. On the behalf of all Braves fans I hereby apologize deeply and sincerely and hope you will overlook this rude transgression upon your collection.

    P.S. Thank you for beating the Phillies tonight.

    P.P.S. Please beat the Phillies again tomorrow.

    P.P.P.S. Pretty please?

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  3. I missed what you said after Reese's Peanut Butter Cups.
    I LOVE these things!!!! Now I'm a little hungry. I wonder if 7-11 is still open?

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  4. Couldn't agree more, I hate split cards. It's doubly frustrating when a great RC is a split and you've got some unworthy washout hanging onto the coattails of a great HOFer.

    Although it's probably pretty cool for the unworthy washout :-)

    There was a cool set a few years ago that reprinted the famous halves of split RCs as their own card.

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  5. I second what dayf said Do the Nationals a favor and beat the Phillies. OK it will also help the Braves.

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  6. dayf ~

    That ain't Furcal. It's fat-ass Andruw.

    But I'll tell the Dodgers to beat the Phillies anyway.

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  7. This begs the question: are the Dodgers peanut butter or are the Dodgers chocolate?

    I think I'm most impressed that you had a different angry/disgusted exclamation for every one of your examples.

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  8. I have no idea how you come up with these interesting post ideas. They're great, and I think it's funny how Podres screws your collection twice. What's he doing on that Bedard card anyway!?!

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  9. There's a reason that multi team monstrosities are in their own page at the back of my Orioles binders.

    The 'wrong' uni cards don't bother me as much for some reason.

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  10. I know exactly what you mean! I liked the 2001 Topps Archive set because it separated out some of those old stars' rookie cards, blew up the 1/4 or 1/3 card image of them, and gave them their own card. Like the Gary Carter card, Seaver, Ryan and Johnny Bench too.

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  11. I don't mind the split rookie cards or cards which feature my guy (a Phillie) and another player. I hate the cards which are labeled as Phillies but the player is shown in the uniform of his previous team or the player is in a Phillies uni but the card is labeled with the name of his new team.

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