Oh man. With two walk-overs in the semis, we're finally at the end of The Red Cardboard Ridiculous Card Tournament. The first group of 16 was posted way back on July 25th. After much, much ridiculousness, 510 of the 512 cards have been excised. We have but two left standing:
The overall number one seed, 1973 Topps Johnny Bench...
...versus the 22 seed, 1957 Topps Ted Kluszewski.
The '73 Bench is one of the best cards from the 70's, showing a rare action shot of Bench snagging a Giants pop foul. The '57 Klu is one of the most iconic cards of all-time, showcasing Big Klu's custom jersey, which, of course, allowed the pythons to breathe.
Bench has had no problems advancing in any stage, easily coasting through its Round 1 and 2 groups and winning its bracket match-ups 14-0, 9-3, 8-3, 7-5, and 16-4. Kluszewski, hampered by its condition, wasn't very strong in Rounds 1 and 2, earning a mere 22 seed, but once it hit the brackets, it saw huge victories of 11-1, 11-4, 9-6, 10-2, and 15-4, upsetting the 11, 6, and 3 seeds along the way.
So, for the last time, let's get our votes in on the sidebar to crown The Red Cardboard Ridiculous Card Tournament Champion.
Voting closes Monday at noon eastern.