So, while Geoff’s computer is being probed and interrogated somewhere in the depths of Palo Alto, we thought it’d be a good time to cozy up to our new pal Abe. But in the meantime…
BASEBALL SEASON!!
And with the arrival of baseball season comes the arrival of the new set of Topps trading cards. I have basically hated the way pretty much every set has looked since Upper Deck vomited forth its shiny but sterile and vacuous opening set back in 1989. I mean, sure, that set was The Shit when I was ten and all, but looking back on it, there is just nothing there (granted, Topps put out its ugliest set ever back in 90, so that probably helped). These are Baseball Cards, for the love of Nolan, not Atherton Quality Management Solutions business cards…
Anyway, I noticed the 2008 packs out at Target and picked one up with a feeling of vague terror and, to my surprise, they’re actually pretty cool. There’s still the We Could Perform Surgery On These Cards If We Had To white borders, but the big goofy lettering on top reminds me of the spirit of my favorite sets: the 59, 65, and 85 Topps, and that ain’t bad.
– Count Dolby von Luckner