Sunday, November 21, 2010

You're NOT the "Topps"

Among the cards Topps has put on the short list for their "60 Greatest Cards of All Time" (Voting ends November 30th, by the way), there are several unusual choices.  Here are a few things I can't quite wrap my mind around.......

  • 17 out of 100 cards are Mickey Mantle.  Granted, the guy is quite possibly the single biggest name in the history of the hobby, but really?  Approximately 1 out of every 6 cards are the same player? 
  • The card featuring Dwight Gooden is a relatively worthless insert and not his true rookie?
  • The 2007 addition to the list is a run-of-the-mill Jeter base card? 
  • Why is Barry Bonds there, but not A-Rod or Roger Clemens?

This article points out perhaps the biggest anomaly on the list of 100.  Granted, it has serious collectible value and qualifies as more of an error card than anything, but at the same time it represents who could be the biggest bust of the last decade (at least at the moment).  Then again, Josh Hamilton is proof that one can overcome even the longest odds and become a late bloomer as a superstar. 

Best baseball cards of all time include Bo Jackson ... and Alex Gordon?


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