Thursday, July 2, 2015

From the Pedro Binder

2001 UD Ovation

This card blows my mind for one simple reason. Look at that foil usage!

This might be the first time in the history of metallic foil that it is used in the correct places. Pedro’s name? Wonderfully clean and unfoiled. Pedro’s position? Right there clear as day. The team Pedro plays for? Crisp and prominent. The card company logo? Beautifully obscured in impossible to read foil. The card’s brand name? Also hidden away unless you tilt the card 36 times in the light. It’s amazing.

Oh, sure the Red Sox name is in foil, but as repeated information that’s just fine. Pedro’s number is also in foil. But, in this case, it’s printed right next to the picture displaying a very large #45. For this card, that works out perfectly.

The rest of the card is about what you’d expect from Ovation. There’s the baseball textured background. Ovation sure loves to incorporate a baseball into its cards. There’s the clean what to contrast with the smaller picture. That contrast sure does make Pedro pop out of the card. I actually like the semi-circular sepia for that very reason. It makes it look like Pedro is pitching in front of a brown disk. It allows the card to have some depth that is lacking in most other offerings.

All that comes together to form a very nice card. Even if my scanner seems to think that the right edge is nothing impressive. We all know better. Well done, Upper Deck.

I don’t get to say that very often.

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