December 1, 2012:
1984 Donruss #529 Ron Reed
The blurred, circle-head-fans background is an effect that has been seen on any number of cards, and when done well can be a thing of beauty. Such a display plants seeds of philosophical thoughts in men's minds. What does this image say about the modern sports fan? Are we an integral part of the sporting landscape, or just background noise? The hero is in sharp focus, but why do we only get an impression of the spectators? And how do the oil companies figure into all of this? Will stirrups realy ever make a comeback, or are they just part of the costume for baseball's fool, the goofball reliever? If the image creator is in motion, is not Ron Reed standing still? If a closer blows a save, but the only fans around to witness it are abstractly rendered, can they still boo?
Looking at this card is nothing short of being touched by the hand of God.