What do you know, it's already March and I missed the boat on the February Card of the Month. This month's selection is this Babe Ruth card I pulled in one of only two packs of '09 Topps I've opened so far. I'm not really impressed by the base sets from either Topps or Upper Deck this year, which is probably just as well as I'm still trying to finish the monster 2008-09 O-Pee-Chee hockey set. After seeing 2009 Topps opened on some other blogs, I didn't plan to pick up any of these at all, and was going to search for a Red Sox team set on eBay. I came across a post on Night Owl Cards though featuring a Roy Campanella card that looks absolutely awesome. Since hobby packs were a mere $2.00 at my local hobby shop, I picked up two in hopes of pulling the Campanella. I didn't get one, but I did end up with this great looking Babe Ruth card that I believe is part of the same set of short prints featuring retired players.
Although I'm not a huge fan of the set, kudos to Topps for including retired legends in its base set this year (even if they are short printed variations). You know this is a nice looking card if it features the Babe in a Yankees uniform and a Red Sox fan is willing to include it on his new site banner. Yeah, it was time for a change. Considering my old banner was derived from the bottom portion of a 1953 Topps St. Louis Browns card and contained the words "Home of the 1953 Topps Project", which has all but died recently, I thought it was time for a banner that was a bit more reflective of the content of the site. Plus, I kept it simple so that I can change the cards that are displayed at any time. Hope you like it!