Nelson Cruz – 2007 Upper Deck

September 16, 2010

“Something’s Missing”

Well, I was missing yesterday. I was getting ready for my seven day trip, which is in progress now. Mostly business; some pleasure; all good!

It used to be, back in the day when I first collected as a child, that baseball cards projected the image of a player as a hero, or at least a baseball player. They were hitting, pitching, fielding, and throwing and succeeding! Yes, there may have been a random one or two where there may have been ‘issues (such as Bob Stinson arguing with the ump in 1974) but mostly it was positive.

Then, with the explosion of baseball cards in the 1980’s and 1990’s companies had to be different. Upper Deck seemed to be the leader of the ‘quirky’ card brigade, and it continued through the card recession post-strike and the consolidation of card companies. Now, even with Topps having a exclusive agreement, they can still have some fun (witness the Prince Fielder card this year), so at least the cards are no longer the ‘you’re a pitcher, you just struck out Willie Montanez, give me that look…’ posings off to the side.

So it’s refreshing to see this.

And it’s apt. Cruz hit .223 with an OPS+ of 64 in 2006. So a broken bat is a perfect representation for his major league season.

Of course, he growed up to become an All-Star (FWIW, as I wrote earlier), but not every year was sunshine and roses for every player.

PS – On Amazon you can get a Marco Scutaro 2007 Upper Deck card (‘in mint condition in a protective case’) for $3.95. $3.95! I can find that in my 30 for a $1.00 bin (that I’ve decimated) in one of my local card shops. YEESH!


2 Responses to “Nelson Cruz – 2007 Upper Deck”

  1. night owl Says:

    I actually argue that it was Fleer that started the quirkier card photos. Upper Deck gets a lot of the credit because they took it to another level. But Fleer was already doing it in the early-to-mid ’80s (think Hubbard wearing a boa constrictor, etc.)

  2. Yeah Fleer was doing it earlier, but Upper Deck did take it to the next level with higher quality and even quirkier stuff…
    For the Scutaro card, bear in mind that it does come in a protective case… That is added value right there…

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