Monday, January 31, 2011
Awesomest night card, the semifinals
I'm a little worn out by the drive to and from the card show yesterday. Two-and-a-half hours in a car for an hour-and-a-half in a convention hall doesn't seem like a fair ... oh what am I saying? Of course it's a fair trade if it involves cards!
But I'm not up to an involved write-up on night cards, even though I've finally gotten to the semifinals of this thing. After whittling down 100 night cards, it's come down to the final four (please don't sue me, NCAA).
The last card to reach the semifinals is the Triple Play card of Wrigley Field that you see here. It outlasted Nolan Ryan, believe it or not. Here are the vote totals:
1. 1992 Triple Play Wrigley Field: 19 votes
2. 1990 Score Nolan Ryan: 14 votes
3. 1978 Topps Rich Chiles: 10 votes
4. 2001 Upper Deck '70s Decade Ozzie Smith: 5 votes
So, Wrigley Field can relax and kick up its feet for a week while two other night cards duke it out for a spot in the final.
You're probably very familiar with these cards by now. But here they are with minimal commentary:
Semifinalist 1: Kirk Gibson's Game 1 blast is just one of the many great things that happened in the late 1980s. It is my favorite era ever, despite all the junk wax.
Semifinalist 2: The 1981 All-Star Game is another epic moment in my baseball viewing existence. It marked the return of the sport after the strike.
I just realized that the first semifinal involves vertical cards and the second semifinal will feature horizontal cards.
Yeah, that's all I've got.