Grand Cards: Series 2 Tigers: Relics Galore

Friday, July 10, 2009

Series 2 Tigers: Relics Galore

I know that everyone is Allen & Ginter crazy, and I understand. For those of you willing to look at something else, I've continued my fervent quest for 2009 Topps Series 2 Tigers cards. In this edition: three of the four dual relic cards have arrived.

2009 Topps CBDR-OL Magglio Ordonez/Carlos Lee

2009 Topps CBDR-CP Miguel Cabrera/Albert Pujols

2009 Topps CBDR-TS Jim Thome/Gary Sheffield

I really, really like these cards. I think part of it is the fact that I'm a fan of multi-player cards in general. Being that I'm a Tigers collector, it is my only real opportunity to pick up cards of other stars from around the league. Also, I think that cards like this provide an insight on the psychology of the card industry. The pairings, in these cards at least, are done so for a reason, and the creation of a good pairing improves the card immeasurably.

Think about it: Sheffield and Pujols is not as cool of a card as Sheffield and Thome. Why? Both Sheffield and Thome are members of the 500 home run club, and there is a distinct possibility that they will both end up enshrined in Cooperstown. Sure, Pujols will get there (on both accounts, likely), but he's not there now and baseball cards are nothing if not for capturing a point in time.

As for the others: Pujols is the best first baseman in all of baseball. Cabrera has the chance to succeed him, or at least be his American League counterpart. Bonus points on the pairing make the card even better. Now, the Ordonez and Lee card isn't spectacular, mostly because Ordonez is having such a rough year and Lee is one of those guys that nobody ever talks about, despite his consistent production. Still, the Magglio batting stance shot is a tremendous enhancement to the card, and photography-wise, surpasses the other two easily.

There is one other dual relic card for the Tigers, a Miguel Cabrera/Ryan Howard verision. Don't worry, I'm on the lookout.

1 comment:

  1. does grandy have a /99 silver relic? haven't seen one on the 'bay which i found kinda weird since i've gotten both the cab and miggy for .99 cents.