Of course it would come to this. Every group break has what is undeniably the best card pulled. And of course, it would go to my nemesis. C'est la vie.
Teams: Orioles, Marlins
Favorite Cards: 1998 Upper Deck Collector's Choice #99 Livan Hernandez, 1995 Pinnacle #318 Andre Dawson, 2006 Topps Chrome Refractor #129 Javy Lopez, '97 Circa Limited Access #12 Cal Ripken, Jr.
Thoughts: Could there be a bigger overall discrepancy between two baseball cards? On the one hand, you've got Dawson, freshly elected to the Hall of Fame, whose right bicep negotiated the Hawk's move to Florida because it had Seasonal Affective Disorder. On the other, you have Livan, hoping he can crack the starting rotation on the East High JV squad.
And let's talk about that Ripken! Would you not choose that over just about any fucking birthday card that ever existed? I mean, come on, it already opens the same way. Let's weigh it on the theoretical scale: Hmmmm, birthday greetings from the Iron Man, oooooorrrrrrr... "To my grandson on his special day"? Only if that thing is stuffed with cash, grandma.
Oh, and since there were no good Marlins (are there ever?), Beardy is getting this card: 2009 Topps Unique Alone At the Top #AT03 Hanley Ramirez