Saturday, May 21, 2011

The 100 Best Finds in a 30-Dollar Lot: #5

Value need not play a determining role in identifying the 100 best finds in this lot. The card below can be had for less than a quarter, a decided bargain.

1992 Score Proctor & Gamble #16 Tony Gwynn

This is the first I've seen of these (probably because Robin Yount doesn't have a card in this set), but I was immediately attracted to it. It foreshadows the gaudy designs that would come to dominate the mid-1990s with a painted-out background replaced with diagonal striping. I also love its shade of green that the San Diego Padres had actually banned from Jack Murphy Stadium. Color spectrum violations were considered most severe, with season ticket revocation being the punishment.

The P&G logo on the back of the card made me think of this one crazy chick who, in the middle of high school chemistry class, informed me that I needed to boycott Proctor & Gamble products because the company supported the Church of Satan. The rumor has since been debunked, but doesn't it stand to reason that when choosing a product that will make your kitchen floor shine, you'd go with the one endowed with the power of Satan over a cleanser lacking this stain-fighting ability?

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