2004 Topps World Series Gift Set
First off, rest assured. This card has borders. Scanners just don’t like borders for some reason.
This card is from the hastily thrown together money grab put out by Topps following the Red Sox World Series win. It’s actually a nice set, with cards featuring the members of the team, as well as highlights from the year. It takes its design from the 2005 Topps set, which was an interesting choice for a set celebrating a 2004 accomplishment.
This card certainly celebrates a great accomplishment. The first World Series start of Pedro Martinez’s career. It was in Game Three, in St Louis. I was always disappointed it wasn’t in Fenway, but that’s the way it works sometimes.
This is a nice card, with a big picture of Pedro. The World Series logo is clearly displayed on his hat, which is fantastic. It has all the important information tucked onto it. It’s game three. A clever headline, and the game result. I’d normally say the Red Sox logo is too large. But, since this is a Red Sox themed set, it doesn’t bother me as much.
The important thing is that the card celebrates a great moment in the Red Sox postseason, and in Pedro’s career.
And does it well.