Wednesday, November 20, 2013

UD Past Time Pennants Countdown: The end of the second third of the set.

Welcome back to another edition of the 2005 UD Past Time Pennants Countdown.  Today, we take a look at the final three cards to miss out on being part of the top third of the set.  Who just missed the cut?  Let's find out:

#33:  Luis Tiant

This card has it all including crisp colors (sky, grass, glove) and awesome jersey (wool Boston apparel).  Unfortunately for Tiant, the bar for breaking into the top third of the set is incredibly high...so a card that might easily be a top ten card in most sets languishes in the #33 spot instead.

#32:  Willie Stargell

A posed shot to be sure, but it works for me.  I think if I were to redo my picks for the set today, I'd flip-flop the Stargell and Tiant (I love the Tiant card) but since I'm going with my initial selections things stay as they are.  I've got to maintain my integrity after all.

#31:  Duke Snider

Did you have this pegged as a top 10 card?  I did at first...and then it kept falling, falling, and falling until eventually settling in as the best card of the second third of the set.  I think if that guy with the white shirt in the background had instead been a baseball, then this card would have been top ten material for sure.

2005 Upper Deck Past Time Pennants - Best Cards, In Order (so far).
Note:  The card number is the number in parenthesis after the player.
#90.  Ron Guidry (74)
#89.  Paul Molitor (62)
#88.  Will Clark (87)
#87.  Kirby Puckett (50)
#86.  Carl Yastrzemski (14)
#85.  Mike Schmidt (57)
#84.  Keith Hernandez (49)
#83.  Jim Rice (43)
#82.  Gary Carter (32)
#81.  Bill Mazeroski (4)
#80.  Catfish Hunter (16)
#79.  Tony Gwynn (76)
#78.  Cal Ripken Jr. (13)
#77.  Jack Morris (39)
#76.  Ozzie Smith (61)
#75:  Graig Nettles (37)
#74:  Dale Murphy (17)
#73:  Goose Gossage (36)
#72.  Bucky Dent (12)
#71.  Jim Palmer (42)
#70.  Robin Yount (70)
#69.  Willie McCovey (88)
#68.  Dave Parker (18)
#67.  Billy Williams (5)
#66.  Don Mattingly (20)
#65.  Steve Carlton (79)
#64.  Gaylord Perry (33)
#63.  Sparky Lyle (77)
#62.  Jim Bunning (40)
#61.  Eddie Mathews (24)
#60.  Tommy John (82)
#59.  George Kell (35)
#58.  Monte Irvin (58)
#57:  Bert Blyleven (3)
#56:  Early Wynn (23)
#55:  Larry Doby (51)
#54:  Joe Morgan (45)
#53:  Nolan Ryan (59)
#52:  Lou Brock (52)
#51:  Rico Petrocelli (68)
#50:  Bob Lemon (8)
#49:  Fred Lynn (31)
#48:  Bobby Doerr (9)
#47:  Robin Roberts (69)
#46:  Johnny Podres (47)
#45:  Maury Wills (55)
#44:  Pee Wee Reese (63)
#43:  Luis Aparicio (53)
#42:  Warren Spahn (85)
#41:  Ernie Banks (27)
#40:  Tony Perez (83)
#39:  Mickey Mantle (56)
#38:  Eddie Murray (25)
#37:  Wade Boggs (84)
#36:  Bob Feller (6)
#35:  Orlando Cepeda (60)
#34:  Don Larsen (19)
#33:  Luis Tiant (54)
#32:  Willie Stargell (89)
#31:  Duke Snider (22)

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