I almost didn't write this post because I spent too much time ripping up all my Carlos Quentin cards.
But at about the same time the Padres dimwit was showing everyone exactly how ignorant he is about, well, everything, brainless Night Owl was undergoing a revelation himself.
In the last post, I listed my favorite cards from Series 1 of 2013 Topps. One of the cards on the list was the Todd Frazier card.
Not the Frazier card up top there, although it's perfectly spiffy in its own right.
I considered it one of the best cards out of Series 1 so far.
But it turns out that this isn't a regular, old Series 1 card. It's one of those "out-of-bounds" short-prints. I was alerted to the fact on Twitter, right about the same time Matt Kemp was going understandably ballistic.
Prior to that moment, I had thought that the Frazier card of him diving for the pop-up was just a second card in the set like Topps has been doing for players with rookie cups the last couple of years. It features one card of the player with the rookie cup and a different card of the player without the rookie cup.
But I should have turned over both cards to realize that's not the case. Both cards are No. 70. Which means: hello, short-print!
But I had to go to the list to make absolutely certain anyway.
Yup, definitely short-print.
I knew this was going to happen. When I found out that there were short-print cards of players making plays in foul territory, I thought instantly, "there's a good chance that I'm going to pull one of these cards and not even realize it."
I know myself so well.
Topps doesn't make it easy. Not only are there short-prints in the first place, but it does that rookie cup thing that I just mentioned, AND it adds a bunch of regular old base cards in which the players are shown making rather spectacular fielding plays.
And we're supposed to differentiate between all of that.
Once again, and I've said this many, many times:
I HAVE A FULL-TIME JOB.
Now, I'm not complaining too much. I should be able to fetch something decent for the out-of-bounds SP (I also happened to win a second one a couple days ago, so now I'll have two to deal with as I see fit).
But, really, I'm starting to think maybe this hobby is getting a little too complicated for me.
I guess one good way to uncomplicate things is to relieve myself of some cards from my collection.
I've started with this one: