That's right. Ten bucks. Out of my wallet and into the greasy mitts of a comic book store guy in Brooklyn. All for what? Forty-six cards from I set I've already decided I'm not going to collect. Why did I do this? Either I'm out of my mind (possibly), or I needed to, like a junkie needs a fix.
It's been a long cold lonely winter...
Julian Tavarez: You ever get the feeling that Tavarez is batshit crazy? I don't really have anything to back it up, but take a look at his signature. I'm no handwriting analysis expert but if taking the SATs has taught me anything, it's that if you can't sign your own name, you might have more problems than you think.
BJ Ryan: The photography on the pitcher cards is really underwhelming.
Classic Combos: Morneau, Santana (whoops), Mauer [gold foil]: Too bad about Santana jumping ship, this is a nice card
Radhames Liz: Let's read part of the back of his card, just because it's awesome. "I didn't really know what baseball was until I was 16," Radhames recalls. Now, thanks to the 100-mph heat and filthy curveball issuing from his long right arm (his fingers hang to his knees), Major League success is well within Liz' reach... My fingers hang to half-way down my upper leg.
NL Leaders: Strikeouts: Not bad design. Would've been better if they had used headshots.
Daisuke Matsuzaka, T-206 Trading Card History: I like this idea. I mean, it's hard not to like it. The back leaves a lot to be desired, and if we really wanted to be good little baseball card purists, Matsuzaka should've been shown in an oldtime Boston uniform, grown out a handlebar mustache, and taken off his cap and parted his hair. And for Pete's sake, no smiling.
Scott Rolen: What's the consensus of Rolen playing on artificial turf in Skydome? Here's another complaint about the design: nowhere on the front does it show the player's position.
Willie Randolph: Nice symbolic photo for Randolph, with him literally blocked from the field, and thus, the post-season. Granted, I could be reading too far into this photo.
Alex Rodriguez, AL MVP [gold bordered, numbered 480/2008]: I can't believe I'm amount to write this, but the gold border actually makes the design better.
2007 Highlights: Randy Messenger Topps Certified Autograph: My friend put it best: "Randy Messenger" is a pornstar name.
Mickey Mantle HR History #511
Year in Review: Randy Johnson Severs Arm: This card reminds me of 1994 Upper Deck. Didn't they do a subset that looked like this? No word as of yet if Topps will rip off the Electric Diamond parallel.
Brad Penny Own the Game
Lenny DiNardo: I thought he was still on the Red Sox.
Hillary Clinton: It's too bad Topps didn't make this insert set fun.
Matt Holliday All-Star Rookie 50th Anniversary Team: Big fan of this set. I haven't taken a look at the checklist on this set, but here's hoping Jim Perry and Willie McCovey are included.