Saturday, March 14, 2015

Topps and Bottomms - Part 2

For Part 1 and an explanation of the ranking system, click here. Pretty much, the best Red from each set and the worst Red from each set, ranked based on my childish whims.

The Topps

#60 1978 Topps Mike Lum
Yeah, this is really the only decent shot in the set. The '78 Bench is alright, but it's out of focus. This is the only non-repeated pose, so it kind of wins by default.

#59 1965 Topps Frank Robinson
Frank's natural regality pushed him to the top of the '65 set, beating out the 400 other cards that are exactly like this.

#58 1995 Topps Barry Larkin
Cool card with a unique view of the game. But why, why, why the torn-paper effect? Oh right. Nineties.

#57 1963 Topps Gene Freese
Compared to the rest of the '63s, this is downright artistic. Cool inset pose as well.

#56 2015 Topps Aroldis Chapman
Maybe Series 2 or Update will have more exciting Reds, but for now, Chapman looking terrifying will have to do.

The Bottomms

#60 1985 Topps Ron Oester
Strike a pose, Ronnie. Oooh yeah.

#59 2014 Topps Ryan Ludwick
Catch a ball that close to your face and you're in for a world of hurt. Reminds me of my Little League black eye.

#58 1997 Topps Jeff Brantley
Does it look like the camera is tilted, or is it just me? Something is off in the photo, enough to have made me choose it as the worst in the set. Also, why does Topps always insist on slicing off feet?

#57 2006 Topps Jerry Narron
The worst moment in sports for a pitcher: The manager moseying to the mound to take your ball. Boo.

#56 1999 Topps Austin Kearns
Ah yes. We've successfully channeled 1965 Topps with this dull throwaway shot. Nice t-shirt.

Go Reds.

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