I delayed the Cardboard Appreciation Hall of Fame search one day because of the unfortunate news about the Royals' Yordano Ventura.
This means there will be one less day to vote in the first round of the semifinals. Just six mere days to cast your vote. Think you can handle it?
Before starting on the semifinals, though, I must show the last of the eight finalists to make the semifinals. It was a close vote, one of the closest since this vote-off started. But in the end the 1976 SSPC Luis Tiant prevailed.
I think Luis believes he should have won by a larger margin.
Here is how the vote went:
1. 1976 SSPC Luis Tiant, 15 votes
2. 1983 Topps Dan Ford, 12 votes
3. 1998 Pacific Omega Mike Piazza, 11 votes
4. 2014 Stadium Club Sandy Koufax, 9 votes
5. 1965 Topps Sam Bowens, 8 votes
6. 1977-84 TCMA Galasso Greats Larry Lajoie, 3 votes
7. 1987 Topps Turn Back the Clock Maury Wills, 3 votes
8. 1998 Skybox E-X 2001 Cheap Seat Treats Mike Piazza, 1 vote
Thanks to the voters. That was a record number of votes for Cardboard Appreciation The Review 4.
But now it's time for the first semifinal. This is where it gets tough. Personally, I don't know how you choose here. But that's why you're voting and not me.
Here is the first group of semifinalists:
1. 1956 Topps Don Mossi
Mossi and his ears accumulated 16 votes, topping the '52 Topps Andy Pafko among other worthy competitors. Mossi will be tough to beat here.
2. 1973 Topps Pat Corrales
Things just got more difficult. The '73 Corrales received the most votes of any winner with 21, far surpassing the '61 Topps Jim Golden and '77 Topps Bill Buckner.
3. 1964 Topps Giant Tommy Davis
Tommy Davis is such a giant that he got past a T206 card and someone named Shooty with his 16 votes.
4. 1974 Topps Mike Schmidt
Mike Schmidt, with the help of the bullpen cart, edged out the '76 Mickey Rivers with 15 votes.
Those are your four choices for the first semifinal. In a few short weeks we'll have the newest member of the Cardboard Appreciation Hall of Fame.
The new poll is on the sidebar. Vote at your leisure. But remember, you've only got six days.