Friday, August 12, 2011

Cardboard appreciation, the review 2 (part 6)

I suppose you noticed that I took a little break from the blog. I went away, and I didn't leave any posts behind.

I usually try to plan some posts for when I'm gone, but I didn't do that this time. You know why?

Because I don't care anymore! Screw this senseless ritual of two posts a day, 12 posts a week, 46 posts a month! I have a job! I have a family! I have obligations! What has blogging ever done for me! I don't need it! It's senseless, unsatisfying and time-consuming nonsense! Time to grow up! Move on! Leave the cards behind!

OK, you didn't believe any of that, did you? Good. I hope I am never that serious (would a serious person hold this contest?) I will be no fun at all if that ever happens. And there are already too many of those people.

I didn't post while I was gone simply because work has been crazy this summer and I was determined to enjoy this week the way I wanted to enjoy it. And that involved staying away from the computer for the most part.

But you're not here to look at my boring vacation photos. You're here to vote. So let's see who won the last Cardboard Appreciation The Review 2 vote-off and then get to voting.

Here are the results:

1. 1978 Topps Doug Ault: 33 votes
2. 2010 Topps Update Jamie Moyer: 6 votes
3. 1995 Pinnacle Delino DeShields: 3 votes
4. 1980 Topps A's Future Stars: 2 votes
5. 1965 Topps Derrell Griffith: 2 votes
6. 1981 Topps Record Breaker Steve Carlton: 1 votes
7. 1980 Topps Dale Murray: 1 vote
8. 1978 Topps Larry Hisle: 1 vote

No surprise there. The card that I thought would win in a landslide won in a landslide. Doug Ault's 1978 Topps card moves on to the second round.

Here is the next group of cards that will get your vote. It's deceptively wide-open, just like last week. But again, I have a feeling a certain card will kick ass.

Here we go:

1. 1981 Topps 1980 NLCS: A confusing card both because the play being depicted is a bit difficult to pinpoint, and why, oh, why were the two fans' faces on the left blobbed out?

2. 2005 Topps All-Time Fan Favorites Bob Feller: This card was posted in Feller's memory, and to recognize the handing down of an autographed ball from father to son.

3. 1990 Donruss Bart Giamatti: I came across a card set the other day that blew me away. Future post on the horizon. But staying with the theme of that set that I saw, wouldn't it be great if there was a set that featured just people connected to baseball -- from well-known front-office people to well-known vendors?

4. 1982 Fleer Bob Sykes: This card demonstrates how nostalgia can make you believe that 25 years ago was the greatest time of your life, even if it actually sucked out loud.

5. 1981 Topps Larry Gura: Once upon a time, Topps placed All-Star banners on cards of only players who started in that previous year's All-Star Game. That practice ended with this set. So I have no idea why I'm recognizing this card. It did something very bad.

6. 1992 Upper Deck Deion Sanders SP: In this baseball vs. football post, I couldn't comprehend wanting to play football on a regular basis. But I couldn't deny the greatness of this card.

7. 1974 Topps Traded Fernando Gonzalez: I'VE BEEN TRADED??? TO THE ROYALS??? WHAT THE HELL IS A ROYAL?????

8. 2008 Topps Opening Day Fausto Carmona: Hey, all you teenagers: someday people are going to make fun of all the stuff that you liked when you were young. That's all I was trying to say with this card. Have a nice day.

And those are your offerings served up hot for this week. If you don't like them, you can always bring your lunch next week.

But for now, please vote in the poll on the sidebar at right and do so in an orderly fashion.

Yup, bossy Night Owl is back.


  1. I'm beginning to think I'm a total lush for vintage cards with spring training pictures........maybe I just need a vacation to find my own palm tree?

    The Fernando Gonzalez traded card get my vote.

    It made me laugh and think of Lady Gaga at the same time. PLus, he looks pissed and you have to admire a guy for wearing his heart on his sleeve.

    Close second was the Sykes!

  2. I hate that Phillies card! When they "squeaked by the Astros" to be NL Champs, it was a night game and that card is clearly in daylight.

    Oh that traded card is great, but, I just can't vote for him. It looks like he wants to forget the moment.

    Neon Dion is awesome in that card! But, I can't vote for a half football card.

    Now, Bob Sykes... well, I've always been curious about him 'cause his '82 Topps photo gives him a homeless in Wrigley look. Plus, he was pretty good in '81 but then disappears. Love the mystery players. Besides, this card's a good shot. So I gave it my vote

  3. That Fernando Gonzalez card is such a strong image. I get such a strong reaction to his expression, the circumstance of the picture countered with the circumstance of his trade. Was it a welcome trade? Did he even know it was coming? And then you think that, whenever a Topps photographer takes a few shots of you and then probably says, ok, now a few close-ups with your hat off. This picture is before free agency, and likely a player when asked to remove the hat is being strongly reminded how tenuous his place is and that he could be traded at any moment.

  4. This is tough, Giamatti card, Caroma Card, the Philly card, - I think I am going with Skyes.

  5. I voted for the Giamatti card. It's not as much fun as the Gonzalez or Carmona cards but I was saddened when Giamatti passed away so early into his term as commissioner. He was a baseball guy through and through and I thought he had the fan at heart.