Sunday, October 13, 2013

From the Pedro Binder

2004 Topps Postseason Highlights

This card celebrates one of the bigger moments of the 2003 ALCS. It displays emotions getting high during a couple exchanges in game 3. If Topps was looking for a postseason highlight, it would be hard to go wrong with this one.

The card itself is fine, even if it includes too many Yankees for my liking. The design itself is fairly basic. They took the large foil lettering common to the top of all the Topps cards that year. The rest is just jamming what you need into the confines of the border. Not sure I can see a lot of artistic thought put into it.

The Topps logo is a little bigger than I would prefer, but not as ultra-obvious as some others. The ALCS logo is prominently placed, which makes sense. The photos they chose for the three moments are spot on. Pedro is clearly responding to an aggressive glare from Garcia. Posada is right there sticking his nose (or maybe his ears) in where it doesn’t belong. I especially like the third picture. Posada is clearly doing all he can to hold Manny back and protect his pitcher. Wait. That hand has a mask. That’s the umpire holding Manny back. Posada is standing there idly by as someone charges his pitcher with a bat. What a teammate. The ump had to go all the way around Posada to get into the action. Wonder if Posada tried to stop him as he went by.

I like the captioning done for the pictures. It adds some additional information that’s important to the card, as well as the game. Nicely done.

Although, would have been better if Pedro had won that game.

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