Wednesday, May 8, 2013

From the Pedro Binder

2002 UD MVP

Wow. Wow. Wow. That’s all I can say. OK. Maybe I can say one more thing.


Is there a lot going on with this card, or what? They’ve pretty much thrown everything at it. Once again, the name of the card brand is the most important thing. There it is, bigger than life, right in the middle of the card. Amazingly, they actually allow Pedro’s picture to obscure the “m”. The MVP is floating in a starburst effect, which dissolves into a cloud effect at the edges. If that wasn’t enough? There are floating statistics all over the card. I will say, that’s not a terrible idea. To have Pedro’s statistics right there on the front is easier that turning the card over.

Wait, those aren’t Pedro’s stats. Unless he stole 31 bases one year. Those aren’t even pitching stats! So, the card is full of noise just for the sake of noise?

At the very least, the color scheme does allow the picture to pop. Somehow despite the busyness, the photo is able to escape just long enough to be seen. So, let’s look at that photo.

Really? That the best you have?

First of all, the picture doesn’t even fit on the card. They had to trim off his foot, and fingertips. And, what about that face? I know that’s what Pedro looks like when he releases a pitch, but I’m not sure I need to be reminded of it all the time.

Once again I have to think of the people complaining about the lack of innovation from Topps now that they have an exclusive. You’re really missing the innovation that came up with this card? There was plenty of competition in 2002, and UD still put out this garbage.

Sometimes it’s not worth opening the binder.

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