Saturday, October 5, 2013

From the Pedro Binder

2004 Skybox Limited Edition League Leaders

I have no idea what to make of this card.

Let’s start with the good. It’s actually a nice picture of Pedro, set against the red background. It really makes Pedro pop in contrast with the white of the rest of the card.

The rest of it? I’m not so sure.

It does have all the important information on the card, but it’s done horrible. Pedro’s name is plainly written on the bottom. That’s fine. What team does he play for? You need to look at the tiny foil stuck in the middle of the picture. How about the logo for the card company? There it is front and center. I going to assume that the “limited” part of “limited Edition” means it was limited to the number of cards that could be printed by running the presses 24 hours a day for the season. But, the name Limited Edition did allow Skybox to be much too clever with the League Leader set. See how they capitalizes the LE in both LEague and LEader? Oh, how clever they are. So, what was Pedro the league leader in? I’m looking…looking…looking. OH, there it is! See the tiny foil print on the bottom of the card? Yup. 2003 AL ERA Leader. Was that an afterthought? Did they forget to put it on, so just had some guy hand stamp it before they went out the door? Bizzare. At least the hand stamp guy would have had it easy.

After all, it’s clearly a “limited edition.”

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