Back to the group break. We're down to the last two divisions. In the AL Central, the White Sox and Royals got no love from the readership here. Let's see what else was pulled.
Favorite Card: 1995 Pinnacle #340 Kirby Puckett
Thoughts: I think the Kirby came out of the tin in a random stack of cards. Kind of a no-brainer to pick him, although there was also a nice early-years card of David Ortiz.
Buyer: Saints of the Cheap Seats
Favorite Card: (Tie) 1998 Upper Deck Collector's Choice #352 Omar Vizquel and #358 Chad Ogea
Thoughts: The Collector's Choice box was very good to the Indians. There were no less than four one-per-pack gray parallels that were Indians, but the base cards are the real stars of the show. First there's the polite, genteel Omar dutifully trying to return a pen to an autograph hound. It's a beautiful day outside, and Omar has a look on his face that suggests that he would be pleased by nothing more than that pen getting back to its rightful owner. This is only a guess, but I'd imagine that he's using nothing louder than his "indoor voice."
Then there's Chad Ogea. He has clearly forgotten the lesson learned by Omar Olivares five years previous. To reiterate: "SAVING SEATS IS NOT ALLOWED." If necessary, I will create a hand-drawn poster to remind everyone, complete with an incorrectly apostrophe-laden "SEAT'S."
Buyer: Grand Cards
Favorite Card: 1996 Score #424 John Flaherty
Thoughts: Since this set isn't really held in very high esteem, I haven't shown off many of these. This card takes a break from the lackluster photography of 1996 Score. There's just something so primal, almost arising from the reptilian part of our brain, that emerges when a high pop foul is hit close to the plate. It's ninety percent physical and reactionary, but the other ten percent in the interesting part. While the penalty for missing a pop foul is minimal, it's still a catch the player is expected to make, despite its high degree of difficulty. There's a mad scramble to shed oneself of the protective shell, locate what might be a very hard-to-see object, and then maneuver oneself into a position to make the play. Tough stuff.