Saturday, January 4, 2014

From the Pedro Binder

1998 Stadium Club Transactions

Could there be a more significant card in Sox history? This card commemorates the trade that brought the best pitcher in at least a generation to Boston.

The card itself is surprisingly mundane for such a flashy look. It doesn’t scan very well, but the surface has that not-quite-chrome shimmer that was popular in many insert sets of the time. But, it was very low on other pizzazz.

The two team logos are there. The team Pedro went to is slightly more prominent than the one he left. That makes sense. Pedro’s name is clear, although written annoyingly on the side. The set name is also on the side, which in that case is just fine. The picture is pretty standard. Just Pedro ready to let it fly towards the plate.

All in all, a card that ranks much higher in historical importance than in overall appeal. Not that I need to be reminded that Pedro was traded to the Red Sox, but it’s nice to have a card to shout it from the rooftops.

It was definitely a worthy “transaction.”

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