I have more than 30 different Walker Buehler cards. That's a lot for someone who hadn't pitched a game in the major leagues before 2017 and had appeared in just eight games before 2018.
In fact, 30 cards is more than what I have for some notable players of the 1970s, cherished and well-known stars with established careers. But that's just the way it is in modern card collecting. I was informed earlier today that Buehler has been in each edition of Topps' Throwback Thursday online issues for the last five weeks!! Rookies get all the love, all the overkill, whether some of us collectors are interested or not.
Here is how stupid it gets for rookies (and modern cards in general):
These two pink parallels of Buehler were sent to me by madding at Cards on Cards, along with the regular Panini Optic Buehler card.
The two pink parallels are not only parallels, but they are variations of each other.
How do I know that when each card appears to be exactly the same?
Well, I know because madding tipped me off. But also, because you have to turn these babies over.
Notice that one card features a white baseball and one features a black baseball. One of these is a variation card (don't ask me which one, I go out of my way not to ignore Panini's foolishness).
The write-up on each card is different. Other than that, each card is the same.
This also means that the base Optic Buehler card is also a variation or has a variation (depending on what the black baseball means).
It boggles my mind that Panini does this stuff. It's bad enough that Topps does this, but Panini feels it necessary to replicate some of Topps' worst habits while not even looking as good as Topps. Gee whiz.
The things I do for the Dodgers' Game 3 starter of the World Series (Go, man, go!)
Cards on Cards also sent several other current Dodgers, most of the shiny variety:
And there were just a few non-shinies, too.
I sure hope these guys can win at least one game before the World Series is finished.
But before I turn my attention to Game 3, there is the matter of the 10th anniversary giveaway.
Two more picks have been made in the giveaway.
Shane of Shoebox Legends selected the 2012 Willie Mays short-print.
Meanwhile, Fred Pike chose the 2017 Lou Gehrig short-print.
That's a lot of legendary cardboard there!
So that means it time for Julie Owens to make her selection. She can pick anytime between now and 7 p.m. on Saturday.
Here is what's left on the board:
Once she makes her pick, here are the next people in line for selections:
18. Nick Vossbrink
19. Al Kawamoto
20. Michael Ott
Happy selecting! Hopefully, next time I post, the Dodgers will have their first Series win since Game 6 of last year's World Series.