Friday, July 29, 2011
Cardboard appreciation, the review 2 (part 4)
Greetings from the '70s!
A heartfelt thank you for voting for my childhood, Buick Skylarks, and strange photography. The Luis Alvarado card has advanced out of the first round in the Cardboard Appreciation, the Review 2 contest.
It even beat out the '74 Steve Garvey card, which is very impressive. To be honest, I probably would have picked Alvarado over Garvey as well. That's how much I enjoy the awkward '70s.
Here are the final votes:
1. 1973 Topps Luis Alvarado - 18 votes
2. 1974 Topps Steve Garvey - 14 votes
3. 1954 Topps Jim Gilliam - 4 votes
4. 1991 Topps Oscar Azocar - 4 votes
5. 1995 Upper Deck Wonderful Terrific Monds - 3 votes
6. 2010 Bowman Chrome Bo Bowman - 3 votes
7. 1975 Topps Bobby Murcer - 2 votes
8. 1982 Topps Traded Cal Ripken Jr. - 1 vote
That's right. The Topps Traded Ripken received just one vote. I like my readership.
The next group of first-rounders isn't nearly as strong as last week, unfortunately. I expect a certain card to run away with the voting. But the poll has proven me wrong multiple times.
So here is what you're looking at this time:
1. 1991 Line Drive Jerry Manuel: I have a card of Manuel as a player, a minor league manager, and a major league manager. I think it's funny that it declares Manuel as a "pre-rookie" when his major league career was 15 years before this card was made.
2. 1974 Topps Don Hood: Hood looks like Burt Reynolds on virtually all of his cards. Look it up.
1999 Flair Showcase Gary Sheffield: I really want to do a countdown of the most over-the-top cards ever made, but I'm pretty sure I wouldn't be able to afford the cards that made the countdown.
4. 1955 Topps Jackie Robinson: OK, show's over. Should I even reveal the rest of the cards? Who would vote against a '55 Jackie? Only people who punch kittens on the way to work.
5. 1979 Burger King Tommy John: Burger King was the traded set that wasn't a traded set. The BK cards were probably the most coveted cards when I was a kid.
6. 2006 Topps Opening Day Justin Huber: Huber is in the Opening Day set, but not the Topps base set, and I blamed Alex Gordon. Well, actually I blamed Topps.
7. 1978 Topps Rookie Shortstops: This card is more than Molitor and Trammell to me. But I admit, it signaled the start of rookie card mania in my home. Before Rickey. Before Ripken. Before Mattingly.
8. 1988 Score Game Breakers, Mattingly and Clark: A fellow Dodger fan asked me the other day: "Do you think they'll keep Mattingly?" Geez, is it really his fault?
OK, the poll is up on the sidebar. Vote for Robinson, or, uh, someone else, you kitten punchers.