February 23, 2010

Show and Tell #39: Non-Baseball Cards From Michel


I can always count on Reader Michel to send a great package of cards every once in a while. Sometimes it’s all baseball, sometimes it’s all non-baseball. The latest one was all non-baseball which was a refreshing change from my recent focus on the new 2010 cards.

Michel took a bunch of 2008 Masterpieces off my Needs List. In the very long list of bonehead moves that card companies have done in the past few years, discontinuing football and baseball Masterpieces has got to be near the top.

2008 Upper Deck Masterpieces #73 Lester Hayes


2008 Upper Deck Masterpieces #98 Fran Tarkenton/Adrian Peterson


2008 Upper Deck Masterpieces #47 Joe Namath


2008 Upper Deck Masterpieces #39 Herm Edwards

Two Packers I didn’t have thrown in to add some green and gold flavor.

2008 Topps Chrome #TC80 Donald Driver


1997 Fleer #426 Desmond Howard


He also included a whole bunch of great basketball cards:
Let me join the chorus of “What do we want? More Holograms! When do we want it? Now!”
1997 Upper Deck SPx #26 Kurt Thomas

1997 Upper Deck SPx #45 Damon Stoudamire



Of all the negative and disappointing feelings Bullets/Wizards fans must have for Chris Webber at least he was no Gilbert Arenas.

1996 Skybox NBA Hoops #174 Chris Webber



Best “Detlef” to ever play the game. Period.

1995 Upper Deck #148 Detlef Schrempf



Karl Malone’s greatness is too much for the rules of space and time. His dunks rip a hole in the space time continuum.

1996 Skybox #90 Karl Malone



I would have liked to have been in the room when they pitched the idea for 1996 Stadium Club. I imagine it went something like this:
“Now, we’ve done a lot of focusing grouping these ideas. We even went on a weekend retreat to the Ozarks. It was a very transformative trip. The Ozarks inspired us…they really got inside of us. And so let me present our design. We went with a pretty simple and clean design until you get to the bottom 10% of the card. Then WATCH OUT because this is where the action happens. We’ve got the players name…wait for it…on a raised ridge! YEAH! This was inspired by The Ozarks and has the same vision and innovative thinking that has made Southern Missouri and Northern Arkansas famous for centuries! So, what do you think?”
“Can you make the name all shiny?”
“Well, another trait of the people of the Ozarks is a love of shiny things so I don’t see why not.”
“Approved!”

1996 Topps Stadium Club #32 John Stockton


Thanks Michel!


1 comment:

michel said...

You are welcome, Matt, I'm glad you like them. And don't forget to mention that UD also discontinued Hockey Legends Masterpieces, a beautiful set with an incredible autograph list, one of the most good looking designs in recent years.