Tuesday, June 25, 2013
Lather, rinse, repea ... ah, never mind
Not much stood out from the Series 2 cards that I bought last week, other than the individual things I mentioned on the earlier post.
But while leafing through those cards that I bought in what will be my only flurry of Series 2 purchasing, I did notice one thing that reminded me that I have noticed it before.
It has something to do with this:
A lot of sameness on the pitcher's mound.
This has been going on for a few years now. After the mid-2000s, in which there were a lot of Topps base cards featuring teeny tiny images of players, the sets suddenly adopted a "get you close to the action" philosophy. Super tight shots of pitchers -- and batters -- in action. Lots of grimacing and gaping.
I can appreciate that to a degree. It's just that it gets a little repetitive after seeing it year after year. Or, in the case of the hanger box that I opened, card after card.
The first row of cards I pulled consecutively. Milone, Carpenter and Chen all at various stages of wind-up.
The second row of cards I pulled consecutively, as well. Carrasco, Dempster and De Vries each propelling a pitch plateward.
I admit I thought "what is going on here?" And seeing the same basic shot repeatedly got a little boring.
But there is a tendency, especially with people of my age, to view every new item as some sort of signal of the decline of civilization. "Back in my day" and all that.
I am super conscious of this, and although I do believe that certain things were better 30 or more years ago, I try not to apply this viewpoint to everything. And I try very much not to do this with cards. I know that there are decent things about cards today. If I bashed on modern cards incessantly, I'd be nothing more than a certain one trick pony that I know (and most of you know, too). I don't want to be like that.
So I dug out my 1974 Topps set -- the first cards I ever witnessed -- just to see what I could see.
And this is what I saw:
That's not even all of them.
And you know something?
We didn't mind this then.
So why mind it now?
I know I'm a hyper-critical 40-something adult who demands the very best in lots of areas in life. But sometimes, you've just got to put your instincts in check and wonder if every last thing on earth deserves to be analyzed with a critical eye.
Can we let just some things be?
I think we can do that a little bit with cards.
At least I can anyway.
Does that mean I'm going to stop being critical about current cards?
Hell no. I've known cards for almost 40 years. I know what's good and bad.
But I am going to pick my battles a little more carefully.
Zoom in on the mound if you like.