Sunday, March 1, 2009

CC: Two Balls and One Strike

Here's another trio of CC cards I've gotten over the last week. The jersey card is burdened by one of the stupidest ideas and clunkiest designs to come along in a long time. The use of the player's initials in this subset is moronic, particularly so for Sabathia, who is already immediately recognizable by a set of initials that are not "CS." Then, including the only jersey swatch as a letter J is just stupid. Almost any other shape could have improved this mess.
2009 Upper Deck #GJ-CS UD Game Jersey Gray Swatch "J"

The Documentary card is nice, even though it features a Brewers loss in the second game of the NLDS, and a less-than-stellar performance by an unrested CC. The back of the card fails to describe the true scrub of this game, one Corey "First Pitch" Hart, whose lack of plate discipline took away any chance the Brewers had of winning.
2009 Upper Deck Documentary #4903 MIL-NLDS2

I've saved the best for last, a really cool Stars of the Game insert. It's shiny, but not overwhelmingly so, and there's an excellent lightning graphic revealing part of the field of play. If I was buying Upper Deck to complete a set this year, I would try to get as many of these as possible. They would look awesome in 9-pocket pages.
2009 Upper Deck #GG-CS Stars of the Game

THE LIST
2008 Topps Updates & Highlights #UH300
2008 Topps Updates & Highlights #UH300 Gold Foil
2008 Topps Updates & Highlights #UH300 Gold (0313/2008)
2008 Topps Updates & Highlights #UH300 Black (56/57)
2008 Upper Deck Timeline #39
2008 Upper Deck Timeline #39 Gold
2008 Upper Deck Timeline #162
2008 Upper Deck Timeline #162 Gold Stamp
2008 Upper Deck Timeline #242
2008 UD Documentary #3048 MIL103
2008 UD Documentary #3138 MIL106
2008 UD Documentary #3228 MIL109
2008 UD Documentary #3318 MIL112
2008 UD Documentary #3948 MIL133
2008 UD Documentary #4038 MIL136
2008 UD Documentary #4128 MIL139
2008 UD Documentary #4218 MIL142
2008 UD Documentary #4308 MIL145
2008 UD Documentary #4398 MIL148
2008 UD Documentary #4488 MIL151
2008 UD Documentary #4578 MIL154
2008 UD Documentary #4668 MIL157
2008 UD Documentary #4758 MIL160
2008 UD Documentary #4848
2008 UD Documentary #4398 MIL148 Gold
2008 Topps Stadium Club #10
2008 Upper Deck Sweet Spot #18
2009 Topps #170
2009 Topps #170 Gold Parallel (0949/2009)
2009 Topps #170 Black Parallel (28/58)
2009 Topps Silk Collection (35/50)
2009 Toppstown #TTT14
2009 Toppstown #TTT14 Gold Parallel
2009 Topps Vault First Edition Blank Back (1/1)
2009 Upper Deck #212
2009 Upper Deck #GJ-CS Game Jersey Triple Swatch MIL (45/99)
2009 Upper Deck O-Pee-Chee #OPC-6
2009 Upper Deck #GJ-CS UD Game Jersey Dual Swatch "52" (136/149)
2009 Upper Deck #R6 Rivals (w/some guy on some other team)
2009 Upper Deck #GJ-CS UD Game Jersey Gray Swatch "J"
2009 Upper Deck #GG-CS Stars of the Game
2009 Upper Deck Documentary #4903 MIL-NLDS2

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