My lovely wife had the pleasure of braving two separate trips to the local Wally world today. I asked her nicely to check and see if the 2010 cards had arrived yet. It just so happens they were being stocked at the same time she checked. She was kind enough to pick up two packs of Topps and one pack of Upper Deck. I have a jumbo box of Topps on the way that should get me a base set or at least close so I didn’t want to pick up too many. I pulled a Braden Looper out of both brands so I thought I would do a side by side comparison for y’all.
The UD cards have much crisper and sharper photographs than Topps, but Topps has a better choice of shots. UD has way too many shots of player’s backs and sides, due to their poor attempt of covering the logos that they’re not supposed to show, but did anyways. The Topp’s design, in my opinion, is much easier on the eyes.
As you can see Topps is getting their moneys worth displaying two alternate logos on every card, way to rub their noses in it Topps! They also come packing an alternate photo on the back rather than rehashing the same photo on both sides like UD decided to do. You can’t see it here, but Topps included the OPS stat again this year and once again UD did not. It’s one of my favorite stats to look at so I have to give the win to Topps.
Now on to how I was able to relieve myself on Mr. Looper’s porch. I’m not proud of my actions, but I do brag about it to anyone who will listen. It was during a 4th of July party that I was forced to attend. My mom and my wife are both nurses and both had worked with a lady who invited us out to her house on a nearby lake. With the pressure of my mom and my wife I had no chance of dodging this one. It’s one of those communities where they have a real strict home owners associations and a bunch of real expensive real estate, but on the weekend of the fourth they have one hell of a fireworks display. When we showed up, the living room was full of old blue hairs talking about church and knitting and stuff. I was getting upset because the Cubs were playing the Cardinals and in battle for first place and I was missing it. I hit the buffet table which was one of the positives of the party. It seems old church goin’ ladies love to make good food. I was checking my phone every few moments to get updated on the game, they were tied until the 8th when the Cubs scored two runs from a Aramis Ramirez home run. All is well for a bit. In comes Kerry Wood to pitch the 9th for the save. At this point one of the old ladies tells me the guys are all in the basement watching the game. You’d have thought someone would have mentioned this to me earlier because I was decked out in my Cubbies gear frantically checking my phone and telling my dad the play by play, but no they wait until it’s almost over. I go to head downstairs as everyone was heading upstairs. It seems Kerry Wood had one of his signature blown saves and I was lucky enough to miss it. Finally the guys are upstairs and all talking about the game when the owner mentions that one of the pitchers from the Cardinals had just bought the house next door. After a little digging, I found out it was Braden Looper. I decided this was my one and only chance to do something to a Cardinal’s house. I didn’t want to do any damage or anything, just something I could tell my grandkids about one day. When the sun went down I snuck over to his front door which was pretty well covered by some bushes. There he had one of those green welcome mats with the little white daisy, and I issed on it! This story is only better now that he was sent to the Brewers. In one pissing I was able to take care of both teams I hate. All in all, it was the best party full of old church goin’ ladies I ever went to.
Back to the cards for a minute. Here is a scan of four cards that UD decide to go ahead and use team names on.
They’re hard to read but if you click on the image you can read them a bit better. Now why would UD not print the team names on most cards and decide to use them on others? Why would they not use them for the stat lines or the front of the cards, but bury them in some minor factoids? I don’t get it. I just don’t see how they think they were going to get away with this. And even if they do, what will stop Topps from producing Hockey sets now? It has to be a two way street if they get away with it. Either way, they’re screwing themselves. All I know is it’s going to be one hell of a soap opera.
Speaking of soap stars, out of three packs, I managed to pull these.
Three insert Arods? FFFFFFFFUUUUUUUUUUUUUU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!