Friday, February 27, 2009

Card Spotlight 2-27-09

2007 Upper Deck First Edition #8 - Josh Fields

Hope springs eternal and Spring Training brings eternal hope. Josh Fields seems to be taking that message to heart, so far. He has improved on every aspect of his game in the offseason, resulting in a better bat, better fielding and better speed.

If Josh can keep these improvements up, he has an excellent shot at being the everyday third baseman in 2009 and keeping it throughout the season. Gone are the fallback options of Joe Crede and Juan Uribe. That doesn't mean that third base is a cakewalk. There is fierce competition. New acquisitions and signings are there to take away this opportunity for Josh. It should be interesting to see how he responds through the rest of Spring Training.

The job at third base is his to lose. There are plenty of options behind him that are viable. Let's hope that this, in combination with his offseason training program, are enough to light a fire that won't go out until November.

While 2008's version of First Edition didn't pan out much, the 2007 version caught my eye right away. I had just gotten back into the hobby and was sampling everything in sight. I enjoyed the design of First Edition more than the regular Upper Deck set. The gold border seems to go with the design of the card much better than the silver on the regular set.

While Topps was the first pack that I bought in 2007, Upper Deck's First Edition became my early favorite and has stayed with me ever since. It was this set that solidified my re-emergence in the hobby. This was the one card that I was most excited about.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Completely agree. Will keep our eyes open for these to add to your stack.

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