Saturday, November 30, 2013

UD Past Time Pennants Countdown: The Final Three! (And the Final Post of the Countdown!)

The month of November is finally drawing to a close - and with it, so is my 2005 Upper Deck Past Time Pennants Countdown.  Although this wasn't the most popular series that I've ever ran here at Nachos Grande, I hope some of you enjoyed it!  Without further adieu, here are the three best cards in the set!

#3:  Yogi Berra

Of the three best cards in the set, two of them are of catchers which I think is fair since catchers historically have had some pretty great cards (in all sets).  As for the Berra, it earns the distinction of the bronze medal because it's iconic, interesting, and is there a volcano behind Yogi?

#2:  Johnny Bench

If I had to guess, I would imagine that many of you thought that I'd be putting this Johnny Bench card in the number one spot in the countdown.  To be fair, I was expecting to do that.  It's a gorgeous card - and Bench's glare saying "I dare you to run on me" is priceless.  Unfortunately for Johnny, there was one other card with an even better glare...

#1:  Felipe Alou

That's right - in a set full of legends it's none other than Felipe Alou who earns the distinction of "best card in the set."  Alou's terribly serious glare - probably a result of a called strike that he didn't agree with - is the stuff of legends.  This card is the perfect embodiment of the seriousness (and ridiculousness) of baseball!

I love it!

And with that - the countdown is over.  Do you agree or disagree with my choices?  Let me know below.  And for posterity, here's the final list (in order of how I see 'em):

2005 Upper Deck Past Time Pennants - Best Cards, In Order!
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)
#30:  Tom Seaver (81)
#29:  Rick Ferrell (80)
#28:  Whitey Ford (86)
#27:  Phil Niekro (64)
#26:  Ron Santo (75)
#25:  Rollie Fingers (73)
#24:  Rocky Colavito (71)
#23:  Juan Marichal (48)
#22:  Rod Carew (72)
#21:  Fergie Jenkins (28)
#20:  Frank Robinson (30)
#19:  Carlton Fisk (15)
#18:  Frank Howard (29)
#17:  Al Rosen (2)
#16:  Richie Ashburn (67)
#15:  Harmon Killebrew (38)
#14:  Enos Slaughter (26)
#13:  Stan Musial (78)
#12:  Bob Gibson (7)
#11:  Don Newcombe (21)
#10:  Bruce Sutter (11)
#9:   Phil Rizzuto (65)
#8:   Ralph Kiner (66)
#7:   Al Kaline (1)
#6:   Joe DiMaggio (44)
#5:   George Brett (34)
#4:   Brooks Robinson (10)
#3:   Yogi Berra (90)
#2:   Johnny Bench (46)
#1:   Felipe Alou (41)

2 comments:

Fuji said...

Great series of posts. I figured the Bench would be high up... but a lot of my favorites didn't make your top 20. Oh well... different strokes for different folks.

The Junior Junkie said...

Great Yogi...

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