Monday, March 22, 2010

1991 UD Comic Cards 2

Let us delve into a pack of cards I received as part of a "Non-Sport" purchase.

Taz gives Reggie a high-five.  Each card features a title ("Seventh Inning Stretch" here), the Looney Tunes and UD logos and some kind of picture.  Sometimes, the pictures are of actual people.  Other times, well, it's just looney.

Every card ties the Looney Tunes cast into a baseball-related scenario.  The backs of the cards feature trivia questions with answers.  What was the name of the LAST Bugs Bunny cartoon to be released in theaters?  No, really, without Google.  Go ahead.  Okay, fine, it was in 1964 and it was "False Hare." Happy now?

I'm not sure if you put the cards in order they would tell a story. Judging by the dialogue, I would have to guess yes.  Judging by the talking bubles, I'd have to say the writers are probably out of work these days.  Well, most folks are out of work at UD these days.

This appears to be the title card.  Reggie and Nolan are smiling all the way to the bank.  Though, I'm not sure just how many of these packs were actually sold.  You can see the "photoshop" technique employed with multiple layers, masking, and more.

Do you see that!? Dupes. In a single pack, I get dupes.  Yeesh.

"So, Nolan, you're one of the greatest pitchers ever, right?  Well, we'd like to take some pictures of you pretending to talk to Bugs Bunny.  Yes, I said Bugs Bunny. Hello?  Hello, Mr. Ryan?"

*This post appears in a three-way cross-posting between "APAD," "A Pack To Be Named Later," and "Things Done to Cards."

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Cards Under Glass

What you see above was a Christmas gift from my well-intentioned Mother-in-Law.  Now, before we get started, let me say that she did *NOT* make this.  She simply bought it at a local "Trade Days" expo they held before Christmas.  With that out of the way, let's get cracking.  The person who put this together snagged 16 Topps 1990 cards and put them in a picture frame.  My mother-in-law bought it because it had an Indians player in the mix, which was very thoughtful of her.  What was *not* thoughtful was the doof that attached the cards in place:

Yes, I took the frame apart to see how the cards were attached.  With a little prying, the crime had become blatently obvious - it was.... soap... poisoning... Er, I mean, it was GLUE!  Is that the biggest crime here? That is dependent upon your point of view.  The fact that these are 1990 Topps and not 1968 is a good sign.  The fact they aren't serially numbered, game-used items is also a nice touch.  The fact that I don't know several of the players on the board is where I get mixed feelings.  On one hand, it would be nice to have a display of well-known players of the time.  On the other, if they were well-known, would we want them glued to the cardboard insert that came with the frame?  That's a toughie.  Feel free to chime in.

I thanked my mother-in-law profusely for the frame and assured her it was better she bought it for me to appreciate than to wind up in the trash bin where it was probably headed (though, I am sure I put that much more delicately).  Besides, when you live next door to your mother-in-law and on your in-law's land, it's always better to choose your battles carefully.  Baseball cards glued into a picture frame is not one of those times.

For those interested, the cards are:  Walt Terrell (Yankees), Lance McCullers (Yankees), Ray Searage (Dodgers), Joe Price (Red Sox), Ron Darling (Mets), Charlie Hough (Rangers), Jim Deshaies (Astros), Pete Smith (Braves), Richard Dotson (White Sox), Jamie Moyer (Rangers), Brook Jacoby (Indians), John Cerutti (Blue Jays), Scott Garrelts (Giants), Gregg Jefferies (Mets), Stan Belinda (Pirates), and Randy Kramer (Pirates).  Oh, and I taped Terrell back into place after the picture.  I didn't have any glue handy.