Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Trading Card Challenge - A Cool Recent Photo

I decided to take Tim B of "Cardpocalypse" up on his 7-post Trading Card Challenge, first posted about a week ago now.  Seemed like a fun way to explore my collection and generate a few blog posts at the same time.  So far I've completed:

Challenge #1 - My Favorite Card Acquired in Quarantine

Yep, that's it.  What can I say, I'm a little slow.  Today we'll tackle the second part of the challenge, which is to spotlight a card from the current release year (any sport) with a unique photograph.

In looking at Tim's list initially, I knew that this particular post would probably be the most challenging of the seven for me.  The reason I say that is because I just don't really buy new cards.  I couldn't tell you the last time I picked up a blaster, or even a stray pack, of new product, even before the pandemic.  Pickings were going to be slim here, and I was unsure whether I even had one good candidate to be honest.

For example, in my organized and cataloged collection I have just six total football cards, three total hockey cards, and one single soccer card as far as current-year releases go.  Basketball and non-sports?  Nothing at all.  So, that left baseball.  Even there I'm admittedly thin, with just two dozen 2020 cards to choose from, nearly all if not all of which came in trade packages.

Thankfully there was one card among those 24 that stood out and qualified as having a unique photo.  Therefore, by process of elimination alone, I have my response for the second post in this series...

This great Opening Day 'Spring has Sprung' insert came my way courtesy of reader Travis and his son Dan.  I absolutely love the low-angle shot here of Rafael Devers and a couple of teammates sitting on baseball buckets sharing a joke at a Spring Training facility.

The photo itself is unique and awesome, which is why it's today's featured card, but I also dig the design of the set with a sort of retro/60s type feel to it.  Of the very limited number of current-year cards that I have, this one is my clear cut favorite.

So, that's a wrap for the second post in this series.  I'll be back soon to tackle the next one, my favorite football card.  Pickings will be kind of slim there also, but I think I have one in mind.  Until then, thanks as always for stopping by!


Chris said...

Good choice! I hadn't seen this one before, but nearly all of the Spring Has Sprung cards are excellent. I don't have many 2020 issues either (aside from the blaster of Gypsy Queen my wife bought for me) so this would be a tough question to answer.

Tim B. said...

Great choice! Not sure if you saw my post on the topic, but I picked the Soto from that insert set.

Fuji said...

Cool card. My Day 1 response is scheduled to be published later today. But I'm already having problems coming up with a card for Day 2. Like you, I don't have a lot of current release cardboard.

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