Monday, December 12, 2011

Card of the Week: 2009 Topps Ticket to Stardom Daisuke Matsuzaka #124

I’ve said it before. There’s only so much you can do with a rectangular piece of cardboard with a picture on it. A border, no border. A color? A stripe? That’s pretty much it. So, I like it when a company goes out on a limb a bit.

No, this isn’t a huge design stretch. A white border, a foil stripe. But, I like the idea of the “ticket” theme. It’s something a little different. So, there’s a little barcode on the top. (Has anyone tried to scan it?) The important information is set up like a ticket stub. Design-wise it has the feel of a Red Sox ticket. That’s pretty cool. Not earth shattering, but cool. In this case, it may not have chosen the most flattering picture of Matsuzaka to portray. But, it is a nice view of him about to deliver a pitch.

Can’t find much to complain about with this card.


  1. Aw, you shoulda shown the perforated version. Even more "tickety-like".

    Cool card.

  2. You don't have an extra Bowden one of these do you?

  3. Sorry. Don't even have one for me.

  4. Oh, and Kyle, you're absolutely right.

  5. I don't like how it's neither modern nor retro. It's like, Hey, we're hip to the times--barcoded tickets! But then they went and changed barcodes to those square ones made for smartphones. This card is stuck in between to me. Also, I don't like barcodes. I'm kinda okay with the way the player is in a rounded square and comes out the sides, but I don't like what lives outside the square.


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