Been getting ready this weekend for our Christmas trip back to San Diego. Yesterday, after helping a lady in our congregation move, my wife and I took the kids down to Austin to grab some stuff that will hopefully keep them occupied for the eighteen and a half hour drive. We'll be stopping in New Mexico for the night, so it'll be a two day trip, but either way you slice it, it's sure to be a long day of driving with a one year old and an almost-three year old.
Speaking of long trips, I made an acquisition towards my Chris Denorfia collection that came a very long way...
from Japan, to be exact. While the title of the post may not be entirely accurate ("ever" is too big a word to use), it would've claimed the #1 spot of my "Best Cards of 2012" post from a year ago. While I already have the posts for this year in draft mode, I figured I'd better show off what would've claimed the crown from last year's showdown.
Feast your eyes on a man who is sure to inspire fear in the hearts of all opposing pitchers - and fielders. Running around the base paths like a man possessed, My Man Deno looks like he is tearing off after the maker of the guy who decided that he was only a "two-star" player (according to the star ranking system seen on the bottom of the card). I imagine him like a red-faced Pac Man, eating the third baseman as he runs past him on his way to home. If there is a more intense look from a player on a baseball card, I have never seen it. Since it is of my favorite current player, it makes it that much better.
I'd be remiss if I didn't show the back as well. Like I said, this card came from Japan, and it is from the Sega Card-Gen 2012 set. I got excited thinking that this was a rogue card set, using MLB logos with out Topps' permission, but it turns out that Topps also has their hands in this release as well. I didn't photo the back corner of the card with the Topps logo, but believe me, it's there.
What I chose to focus on the back is the Japanese writing in the "bio" portion of the card. Aside from looking at the symbols in between dates like 2010 and 2011, I also learned how many centimeters tall Chris is, and how many kilograms he weighs. Very informative.
Anyways, if I cared more about it, I'd go back and take the title from last year's "Card Of The Year" winner, but I don't care that much, and the Tony Gwynn's card from last year's Allen & Ginter set is nothing to sniff at.
Look forward to those "end of the year" lists from me shortly. In the mean time, look forward to never seeing a more awesome card in your life.