Just a few minutes ago, the mail was delivered to my house. A small envelope with my name on it was counting the seconds until it was opened. Now I don't have to buy any packs of this stuff this year.
2008 Upper Deck Masterpieces #46 Robin Yount
Wow! Fantabulous looking card! There are a handful of great poses and action shots that are out there, many of which get recycled from year to year, but this is something I've never seen before. Yount looks like he's seen a ghost out there. Maybe it's his first time stepping on the County Stadium grass. Perhaps Robin's just looking over his shoulder, wary that a little rookie hazing is headed his way, straight from the skillfully wrapped wet towel in the hand of George Scott. Whatever the cause, Robin Yount looks haunted, spooked.
Maybe he just read the back of his card.
Hold on a second, Upper Deck. What's this you're asserting about the career of Robin Yount?
I actually did a triple take after reading the back of this card. AL Rookie of the Year? Are you serious? I have no idea how that slipped by the editors. It's plain inexcusable. Believe it or not, Upper Deck, but people read the backs of cards. Yes, we still do, especially when it's a card of one of our heroes. And it's not always just to look for a serial number.
Baseball cards are a record of the past, and these records need to be accurate. For the record, Mike Hargrove was the winner of the 1974 AL Rookie of the Year Award. Yount wasn't even in the top 5. Future teammate Jim Sundberg got more votes than him. Robin had a respectable rookie season with the Brewers, batting .250 and driving in 26 runs for a bad Brewers club, nowhere near ROY status.
I'm curious how many more glaring errors like this are in this set. I'm not talking about simple typos in the stat bar or anything like that, but actual flat-out inaccuracies. If you catch any, send them along to me. I plan on writing a letter to Upper Deck asking to be put on the payroll as a copy editor or writer. I certainly couldn't do any worse, right?