We actually have a tie for fourth place in this year's top pulls ranking. As it turns out, the AP gave it to one of these cards, and the USA Today/Coaches' poll had the other one slightly ahead. To settle the score, we usually go to the computer rankings, but ENIAC had a 1990 Jim Deshaies Diamond Kings as the top dog. Stupid computers.
So here's the tie:
Cards: 2009 Topps Legends of the Game Commemorative Patch "U" #LGPR-BR Brooks Robinson (21/50), 2009 Topps Legends of the Game Club Patch "S" #LGTLP-JF Jimmie Foxx (10/50)
From: Series 2 HTA Box (Brooks), Updates & Highlights Hobby Box (Foxx)
Why I Love These Cards: "Love" is a bit of a strong word, but these are my first two manufactured letter patches. These seem to get a bad rap around the web, but I was pleased to receive them. They were not counted among my guaranteed hits in either box, so they were nice as a bonus. Aesthetically, they both feel better than they look, with soft felt backing behind each letter. I suppose loose strings might be a problem on these, but that's no problem unless you're handling them a lot.
Out of the two, I'd say the Foxx is the cooler card. The "S" mimics the well-recognized Boston Red Sox font, and it spells out something that makes more sense than the Robinson. To spell "VACUUM CLEANER," you'd have to spend a few hundred bucks minimum, plus you would have to install a new shelf in your rec room to display it properly. I'm a little bothered by the serial numbering here. It requires two "U's" to spell out the phrase. Does this mean that there are 100 "U's" out there? Just 50? How about "C," "E," and "A"? Has anyone asked Topps about this? And have any of you ever gone nuts on one of these and spelled out a whole name or phrase? Let us know in the comments if you have. (And if it's Mel Ott, don't bother. Slackass.)
In summation, these are good, fun cards. I don't mind them so long as they don't replace a better hit. Plus, they gave me an idea for taking my feud with another blogger to the next level. Now what do I have up my sleeve? Be there for the intergalactic rap battle. It's... instupituous.