Sunday, May 13, 2012
The "best Dodger card ever made" countdown
I saw this card featured on a blog for about the 28th time yesterday. It's the 1953 Bowman Color Pee Wee Reese card and everyone is right when they say it's one of the best, most beautiful cards ever created.
This particular post speculated that it might be the best Dodger card ever made. That's pretty good speculation. It might be.
But I wasn't thinking about that at the time I was reading the post. I was thinking about what I always think about when I see this card: I don't have that card and I probably never will have that card.
It's a wee bit expensive. I'd probably have to obtain a whole different personality to justify paying the amount that is attached to most versions of this card.
But then I thought: one of the best things about this blog is it's about MY collection. I rarely display cards from other places because my blog isn't about cards from other places. My blog is about me and my hobby, meaning the cards are part of my collection.
And, why couldn't I do a series of posts about the Best Dodger Cards Ever Made in MY collection?
I have a few Dodger cards you know. I'm not sure what the precise count is, but it's probably around 12,000 now.
I'd say that's enough to do a countdown of the 100 Best Dodger Cards Ever Made.
So that's what I'm going to do.
I'll probably split up the posts into 5 or 10 cards at a time. There's no way I'm going to drag this out in one-card-per-post format.
The only rule that I'll have for which cards get included in the countdown is that I will not be basing inclusion on age of the card or "mojo factor" of the card. Therefore, just because a card is ancient doesn't mean it's worthy. And just because a card has a super sicky sick patch doesn't mean it's worthy, either.
What I'm going for are iconic cards.
So you can expect to see cards like Fernando Valenzuela's rookie card and the Frank Robinson Traded card.
I already know that there are 100 worthy candidates, easily. I went through one of my binders yesterday and came up with almost 50 cards I could see in the countdown.
So this is my latest project. And, no, the countdown is probably not going to include the '53 Bowman Color Reese card, unless it suddenly sprouts in my backyard.
But I think the countdown will be entertaining anyway. At least if you're a Dodger fan.
(P.S.: If you're wondering, my Mother's Day post is right here. No need to repeat myself).