Friday, August 20, 2010

Card Spotlight: 8-20-10

2007 SP Legendary Cuts #20 - Luis Aparicio

Vintage without really being vintage. This annual set used to be one of my absolute favorites. The set would be loaded with stars and fan favorites of yesteryear. 2007 would be the last year of the greatness of this set.

In 2008, the set would radically change into a modern player set. The vintage players were still there, but they would all be short printed cards in the base set. Luis Aparicio was still there, but good luck finding his short printed card in a pack.

I wasn't crazy about the design of this set when it first came out, but it has since grown on me. The boldness of the colors against the black and white picture are striking. Aparicio really jumps off the card.

The direction of this set mirrored the company's decent. Sadly, this is what the card reminds me of now. I loved this set and Upper Deck messed with it, then it became just another set with the same players heading it up. I hope to remember the last grasp of class that this 2007 set represents. What never changes is the beauty of this card.


Anonymous said...

Wasn't the reason for the change due to stupid MLB rules that limited the number of retired players allowed in any given set?

Steve Gierman said...

I think you might be right about that. For whatever reason, I'm not remembering the whys of the change.

Whatever prompted the change of this set, destroyed the set that I looked forward to the most each year. Although, it's kind of a moot point now with the state of Upper Deck's baseball card side of business.

night owl said...

I like the look of these cards a lot. I even grabbed a few non-Dodgers even though I'm not collecting the set.

Hackenbush said...

Stupid rules!

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