Friday, March 20, 2009

Card Spotlight: 3-20-09

2008 Topps Heritage Chrome Refractor #C243 - A.J. Pierzynski (436/559)

Behold the glory of the most hated man in professional baseball, decked out all in shiny reflective chrome!

As usual, the scanner turns the shiny goodness into bright white. The scan makes the card look washed out and faded. To see this card in hand, is to gaze upon the wonderment of chrome technology. I couldn't dream of a card like this when I was a kid. It was far beyond the grasp and scope of pitted cardboard.

The back of the card tells the story of why A.J. is beloved by teammates and fans and hated by everyone else.

For durability and steady production, catchers don't come much more reliable than A.J. He's gone at least .250-10-50 every year since 2003 - rare stability for his position.

A.J. also exceeded those numbers again in 2008. He blasted out of the gate with a hitting performance that rivaled teammate Carlos Quentin last year. Even the cartoon on the back had an amazing statistic for an everyday catcher.

A.J. had a 100-game errorless streak, 2007-2008.

That's pretty impressive, no matter who did it. I'm a sucker for these chrome refractor cards. I was initially disappointed by the lack of White Sox cards in the first batch of chromed 2008 Topps Heritage cards. White Sox players didn't start showing up until later releases.

A vintage design. Chrome. Refractor technology. Everything you'd need for a truly great modern card!

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