Friday, September 9, 2011

Cardboard appreciation, the review 2 (semifinal 2)

Do Lindy McDaniel's family members read my blog? Is there a Lindy McDaniel fan club out there all these years after his retirement? Did somebody circulate a petition last week to get the McDaniel card voted to the Cardboard Appreciation, The Review 2 Championship?

Because something happened about Monday-ish.

Suddenly, the massive lead that the 1973 Topps Lyle Alvarado card held began to shrink. And shrink. And shrink.  By Wednesday, Alvarado didn't have a lead anymore. McDaniel was ahead. And that's where he stayed after a record turnout for this round of Cardboard Appreciation, The Review.

So the victory that appeared to be Alvarado's easily -- that happy little scene of baseball in a 1970s parking lot -- ended up as merely second best. Oh well.

Here are the final votes for the first semifinal:

1. 1971 Topps Lindy McDaniel: 34 votes
2. 1973 Topps Lyle Alvarado: 28 votes
3. 1956 Topps Vic Power: 12 votes
4. 1955 Topps Jackie Robinson: 9 votes

I love the Alvarado card. But I like the McDaniel card, too. It's a worthy contender for the championship bout.

So, what's going to happen in the second semifinal? Should be interesting.

Here are the four candidates:

1978 Topps Doug Ault: This card has a lot going for it. It is a perfect Cardboard Appreciation card, one of those cards that should be in a book somewhere.

1992 Upper Deck SP Deion Sanders: We reach the football portion of our Cardboard Appreciation. This is an ideal early '90s card. Sums up the collecting scene pretty well at that time. But is the football fairy as cool as he was back then?

1989 Bowman Bo Jackson: Are you going to vote against Bo Jackson? ARE YOU???

1970 Topps Harmon Killebrew: Even without the signature, this would be a great card.

Another tough choice, I think. Any one of these could win.

But I'm not going to tell you which one I want to win. That didn't work the last time.

Please cast your glance to the right and cast your vote.



  1. All great cards, of course. But how did we end up with three cards of guys just standing around holding their wood? Funny how things turn out.

  2. The Ault, no question.

    - The "best of times, worst of times" backstory on Ault

    - The "also starring" placement of Munson on the card

    - The '78 classic design

    It's a beautifully haunting and interesting, classic baseball card.