Sunday, March 6, 2016
For the longest time, I associated the word "zapped!" with the R-rated teen comedy whose only objective was to see how many times it could show Heather Thomas' clothes popping off.
As a teenager at the time of this movie's release, I had no problem with this. And the lousy movie gets entirely too much credit just because it showed up when I was 16.
But while my teen years are now filed under "ancient history," and movies like this are no longer viewed as acceptable behavior, a new definition for "zapped" has emerged. And I would mourn the loss of my youth over this, except that this new definition involves receiving free baseball cards.
Sorry Scott Baio and Willie Aames, you never existed.
Once again, I am on the receiving end of a zippy zapping!
This is just one of the many fine cardboard pieces I received from Zippy Zappy, who runs Torren' Up Cards. ZZ's packages tend toward prospects, Asian cards and long-ago vintage. So I was surprised to see a relic card fall out. But I really like Adrian Beltre Dodger relics. Some of the finest around.
Most everything else was more in line with a typical Zippy Zapping. Here you see some future Dodgers superstars. Every last one.
Here is a pretty green numbered item of soon-to-be rotation fixture Zach Lee. Don't let the scanner smudge on the bottom of the card fool you, it's very snazzy.
This is even more exclusive. A /50 Finest gold parallel of one of the 50 pitchers in the Dodgers bullpen. I still like Yimi a lot.
Wait? What's this? An actual card of an actual current veteran player? This white framed Matt Kemp card is so unlike ZZ.
And this? A cheap insert from flagship Topps? True, ZZ found a hole in insert completion. This card was a need and I didn't even know it. But I'm a bit confused over this new direction.
Ah, that's more like. This is an Asian exclusive black parallel of prospect Alex Verdugo. That is a textbook zippy zapping card.
I'm holding out hope from the price tag that this is some sort of special Asian SP card, but it's probably the regular SP card, which I already own. I'm showing it again because that family in the stands is just a riot. I could view that card all day.
Finally, another zippy zapping staple -- non-Topps vintage! I love the Baseball Scoops cards, they're so newspapery.
So that there is the result of being zapped again.
I rather like this new definition. And it's something I'd be willing to experience over and over again, which is more than I can say about that movie from 1982, Heather Thomas or not.
I consider this an updated, better version of having your skirt blown up.