Wednesday, November 06, 2013

UD Past Time Pennants Countdown: Graig, Goose, and Dale

The countdown of the 90 best 2005 Upper Deck Past Time Pennants base cards continues.  Today, we move into the top 75!

#75:  Graig Nettles

The Nettles card is another card that depicts the physical determination that is necessary to hit a baseball traveling at 90+ mph.  You also have to love the stirrups - a great card to kick of the top 75!

#74:  Dale Murphy

As someone who isn't ever going to be a professional photographer, I enjoy seeing photos where the action is so nicely captured.  In Murphy's case, you can see the ball moments before it collides with his bat.  He's obviously put a nice level swing on the ball so this is probably headed to a gap in the outfield somewhere.  My best guess is that this is one of his 350 career doubles.

#73:  Goose Gossage:

The Yankees are well represented within the Past Time Pennants set - so much so that two of the three cards in this section of the countdown wear the pinstripes.  To make matters worse (for non-Yankee fans), the next bit of the countdown will feature yet another Yankee!  As for the Gossage card, I like it because you can see his grip on the baseball.  This card serves as a nice counterpoint to the Murphy and Nettles cards - namely, the pitcher has to use a lot of concentration to get the bat wielding batters out!

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)

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