(I've worked for several companies that instituted "Customer Appreciation" programs, which were basically schemes to squeeze more money out of their clientele. And most of them had one underlying theme: "the customer is always right." That drove me stark-raving loony, because I saw examples of the customer being WRONG on an almost hourly basis. But there is nothing wrong about baseball cards. And that's why this is another edition of Cardboard Appreciation. This is the 14th in a series):
I'm firing up the Cardboard Appreciation post a couple of days early this week because my "Blog Bat-Around" post is almost due, and I need to write it on Sunday, a day traditionally reserved for Cardboard Appreciation.
But the other reason is that the poll results are in for what you think (or what all 15 of you think, anyway) is the best Russell Martin card of 2008. In an upset of epic proportions, you have selected the Stadium Club card as the easy favorite, knocking off my personal favorite, the Masterpieces card.
But I ain't angry. I love the Stadium Club card. And the results just back my opinion that a great action photograph beats a painted (or faux painted) card almost any day.
What does annoy me a little is that I can't figure out when this play pictured on the card happened. I did a quick baseball reference scan of Dodgers at Pirates games from 2007 and 2008 and didn't find anything that seemed to match this play. I'm quite tired after work right now, so it's entirely possible I missed it. If someone has already figured this out, please clue me in.
But that's a small matter in the face of everything that's great about this card. I'm not going to go into all of those details. I've done it already, and if you can't figure out what's great about this card, then you need to set your phasers on yawn and start collecting A Piece of History.
For me it's just good enough to say: 2008 Topps Stadium Club Russell Martin is a card that I, and the nine people who voted for you, can appreciate.