Tuesday, June 7, 2011
This is a familiar nuisance for team collectors. You carefully prepare binders so that they can house Dodgers, and only Dodgers, and then some other teams go and crash the party.
Once, the only time this happened was on these four-player rookie cards, or the occasional airbrushed card in which Topps desperately attempted to hide the fact that what you were holding in your hand was NOT a Dodger at the time the photo was taken.
But over the last 15 years or so, it's been increasingly commonplace for more than one team to share space on a 2 1/2-by-3 1/2 inch piece of cardboard. And it's always a source of irritation for me. They are among my least favorite cards. I have learned to tolerate them, and then flip past them hastily in my binder.
The feeling I get when I see these cards is much like those old Reese's Peanut Butter Cup commercials, where two people yell indignantly "you got peanut butter in my chocolate!" "you got chocolate in my peanut butter." Only, in this case, the mixing of these two separate entities do not go great together.
But these cards have caused me to wonder:
Do I have a Dodger card with another team on it for every team in the majors?
I scrambled to find out, and only cringed a few times. Here are the results:
Ewwww! There's a Red Sox on my Dodger card!
Bleah! There's an Oriole on my Dodger card!
Gag! There's a Yankee on my Dodger card!
Pshaw! There's a (Devil) Ray on my Dodger card!
Eeesh! There's a Blue Jay('s butt) on my Dodger card!
Bleck! There's a White Sox (and some other guys) on my Dodger card!
Ugh! There's an Indian on my Dodger card!
Ick! There's a Tiger on my Dodger card!
Yuck! There's a Twin (and some other guys) on my Dodger card! (It was the most difficult to find a Twins player)
Yeesh! There's a Royal on my Dodgers card! (This is actually a Royal. Bowman messed up and put a Dodger logo on the card).
Yikes! There's an Angel on my Dodger card!
Ah! There's an Athletic on my Dodger card!
Arrrghh! There's a Mariner on my Dodger card!
Grrrrr! There's a Ranger on my Dodger card!
Barf! There's a Brave on my Dodger card!
Do! There's a Marlin on my Dodger card!
Crap! There's a Met on my Dodger card!
Zounds! There's a Phillie on my Dodger card!
Damn! There's an Expo on my Dodger card! (The Nationals just haven't been around long enough to ruin my Dodger collection).
Rats! There's a Red on my Dodger card!
Phooey! There's an Astro on my Dodger card!
Blaaargg! There's a Brewer on my Dodger card!
Ooof! There's a Pirate on my Dodger card!
Shucks! There's a Cardinal on my Dodger card!
Noooooo! There's a Diamondback on my Dodger card!
Ack! There's a Rockie (and some other teams) on my Dodger card!
Bah! There's a Padre on my Dodger card!
Wretch! Vomit! Hurl! There's a Giant on my Dodger card!
Now, if you add all those up, you will get all 29 teams that are not the Dodgers. Of course, I cheated with the Nationals/Expos, but it will only be a matter of time before some dude I don't care about from Washington soils a Dodger card.
Out of the cards displayed, there are a handful that I do like. But it's very difficult to get me to enjoy these cards.
They're all infiltrators.