Sunday, November 03, 2013

UD Past Time Pennants Countdown: Lots 'o Mets!

The 2005 Upper Deck Past Time Pennants "Best Base Card Countdown" continues.  Someday I'll come up with a better name for this, the acronym BBCC doesn't really flow...

#84:  Keith Hernandez

Two things of note with this card.  One:  Hernandez is rockin' a mean 80's 'stache.  Two:  Hernandez's arms sure look ripped...almost too ripped.  If he played twenty years later I think people would be asking him questions.

#83:  Jim Rice

Another standard action shot, though this one ranks a bit higher than some of the others because you can see the intensity in Rice's eyes.  The amount of focus and determination that is required to hit a round baseball with a round stick of wood is something that most of us take for granted in our superstars.  Sometimes a simple photo like this is all you need to remember why you aren't a big leaguer...  Heck, I'm lucky to .500 in a slow pitch softball league...nevermind trying to connect on a 90 mph pitch with movement.

#82:  Gary Carter

The Carter/Rice battle was a close one but I gave the nod to Carter because I happen to like the framing of the action shot better here.  Sometimes a close up is nice (though never to the extreme that FOX sports does it), other times it's better to scale back a bit.  As far as I'm concerned, you still get all the intensity in the eyes in Carter's card but you also a get a better feel for the entire player and play.  Advantage:  Carter.

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)

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