Wednesday, November 13, 2013

UD Past Time Pennants Countdown: Joe, Nolan, and Lou!

We haven't even cracked the Top 50 cards of the set and we've already seen plenty of great looking cards.  Today's post brings us cards #54, 53, and 52 on the countdown - and with it, some of the biggest names of 70s!

#54:  Joe Morgan

As a Reds fan, I would have liked to have seen Joe move a bit higher in my countdown but unfortunately for Mr. Morgan the buck stops here.  I like this card because it's vibrant - so many bright colors!  I also like trying to make out what's going on in the background, namely the guy with the red shirt and jeans sitting on the field.  Who is he?  What is he doing?  Is he leaning on a golf club?  So many questions.

#53:  Nolan Ryan

I think of Nolan Ryan as a Ranger because that's who he played for when I began watching baseball.  However, for the sake of the set, this would have been a better card if Ryan was featured in the Astros' hideous uniforms of the era!  As for the photo, it's incredibly simple - and yet, the photographer managed to capture that same intensity that we've already seen crop up in a dozen different images from this set.  I think that's what makes the set so interesting - even your standard shots have some sort of passion in them.

#52:  Lou Brock

You have no idea how much it pains me to have a Cardinal higher than a Red in a countdown...  However, I'm trying to be as fair as possible and the reality is that this Lou Brock card is pretty darn awesome - even if it is a posed shot.  I think the grey sky works well here - it certainly reminds me of November anyhow.

What do you think of my choices so far?  Agree or disagree, I'd love to hear your thoughts!

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)


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