Monday, December 3, 2018

2018 Card-vent Calendar: December 3

December 3, 2018:
1992 Fun Stuff The Baseball Enquirer #11 Ken Caminiti

This oddball set is full of interesting takes on the sport of baseball as well as the hobby, but none of the other cards is as upsetting as this one. Something about it just bothers me more than it ought to. The commentary on purposely created error cards is particularly insightful, but that under-(above)-the-nose stubble patch just makes me queasy. The body horror element is also a bit prescient and unsettling, considering the state of Caminiti's testicles during the 1996 season. There's a word that pops up a lot when we examine media from the past: Problematic. I'm refusing to go that far, but I'm still keeping this card at arm's length.

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