Saturday, June 29, 2013

From the Pedro Binder

2002 Donruss

There’s a lot to like about this card.

First, the company information is hidden. It’s tucked up onto the top border. It’s also in foil, which helps it blend in even more. On this set, Donruss decided that their name wasn’t the most important part. The rest of the information, by contrast, is very important. The player’s name and position in prominently displayed on the card. The fact that it’s on a floating banner allows it to still be subtle, even if it’s right in front of you. The floating tam logo does the same thing. It’s tucked there floating on the picture.

I like the partial border too. The full bleed on the sides allows the picture to roam free. The little baseball diamonds in the corners really finish the design off.

The picture itself is nice, if not overly exciting. That looks like a 100th anniversary patch on Pedro’s sleeve, so it was a shot from the previous season. It’s a basic shot of Pedro getting ready to fire a pitch. Not a lot of action, but a nice portrait shot.

Looking it over, I’m not sure there’s a part of this card that I don’t like. Everything I need to know is right there, and easy to read. Nothing that I don’t need gets in the way. Simplicity at its best.

Nicely done.

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