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Friday, February 28, 2014

Brown: Jayson Werth would like a word regarding his baseball card

What the hell are you complaining about Werth?!

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Jayson Werth said good morning and then asked me over to his locker.

“Take a look at this,” Werth said, taking a baseball card from a stack on a shelf.

It appeared to be Werth’s Topps card for 2014. Except…

“Whose card do you think that is?” he asked.

It’s a picture that includes Werth pointing to something in the stands at Nationals Park — he’s not sure what anymore. It’s kind of neat, actually. But ... it could be anybody’s card.

“Thank you,” Werth said.

Ian Desmond on the left, Anthony Rendon in the middle and Werth on the right. Even the Washington Nationals’ assistant trainer, Steve Gober, can be seen clearly. The only reason you’d know for sure it was Werth’s card is because you know what Werth looks like. (Like Animal on “The Muppets.”) The card happens to be captioned with Werth’s name and position under his part of the picture, but that seems like happenstance.

It’s just so ...

“Vague?” Werth said.

Desmond likes the card so much, he keeps it taped by the nameplate in his locker as if it were his.

“I actually saw this picture on a computer and didn’t realize it was a baseball card,” Desmond said. “I put it in my locker the other day. We got ourselves a team baseball card.”

Repoz Posted: February 28, 2014 at 05:26 PM | 22 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Hang down your head, Tom Foley Posted: February 28, 2014 at 05:51 PM (#4664289)
Beaver shooting's rookie card.
   2. A big pile of nonsense (gef the talking mongoose) Posted: February 28, 2014 at 06:14 PM (#4664300)
Judging from that tendril, John Anderson was a Slan.
   3. Bruce Markusen Posted: February 28, 2014 at 06:38 PM (#4664312)
It's reminiscent of the 1973 Topps set, when there would often be two or three players in the picture frame. At least with Werth's card, it's pretty obvious which one is Werth.

Joe Rudi had a real complaint when there were three players on his card, and none of them were Joe Rudi.
   4. Hang down your head, Tom Foley Posted: February 28, 2014 at 07:09 PM (#4664317)
At least it's not Gary Pettis's brother.
   5. Dock Ellis on Acid Posted: February 28, 2014 at 07:41 PM (#4664327)
I bought a box of 2014 Topps this week and had a blast breaking it open. I think it's the best base set they've made since...a very long time. The photos are far more interesting (like the Werth card), and the design is very simple but with the right amount of subtle color to keep it from being too plain. They even brought back the Future Stars label, although I wish they made it pop out like they did in the 1987/1988 set.

But the best are insert of the die-cut mini replicas of the 1989 Topps cards. I hate mini cards and I hate die-cut cards but those are great.
   6. Swoboda is freedom Posted: February 28, 2014 at 08:06 PM (#4664334)
He really wanted to be called Neo.
   7. Greg K Posted: February 28, 2014 at 08:11 PM (#4664336)
How much does a pack of cards go for these days? I remember about 5 years ago I felt the urge to go pick one up, but it was just way too much money for about 6 cards.

Although my expectations are probably not realistic as the last time I bought a pack was 1992 Donruss.

EDIT: Also, where does one go to buy baseball cards these days?
   8. Greg K Posted: February 28, 2014 at 08:15 PM (#4664337)
Are there cheap places online to buy box sets of packs of cards? For any year really, 1994, 2012, I don't particularly care.
   9. Howie Menckel Posted: February 28, 2014 at 08:16 PM (#4664338)

Target has TONS of trading cards of all sorts. Wal-Mart has 'em too.

Topps are $1.99 for I think 12 cards.

There usually is a special set, such as modern players in the 1966 style, or whatever, that are more expensive. like $2.99 for 8 cards, something like that.
   10. Greg K Posted: February 28, 2014 at 08:23 PM (#4664341)
Target has TONS of trading cards of all sorts. Wal-Mart has 'em too.

Cool, thanks. I'll have to check it out!
Not sure if we have Target in this country, but there's a Wal-Mart nearby.
   11. JJ1986 Posted: February 28, 2014 at 08:27 PM (#4664344)
Just make sure not to buy Topps Allen & Ginter, unless you want to pull an Artie Lange card.
   12. Hang down your head, Tom Foley Posted: February 28, 2014 at 08:30 PM (#4664345)
Just make sure not to buy Topps Allen & Ginter, unless you want to pull an Artie Lange card.
I bought a pack once without knowing what they were. I got a Florence Nightingale and a Toto (the dog, not the band.)
   13. Tim Wallach was my Hero Posted: February 28, 2014 at 09:40 PM (#4664364)
Greg, Target is almost going bankrupt because of our country.
   14. Greg K Posted: February 28, 2014 at 10:18 PM (#4664375)
Greg, Target is almost going bankrupt because of our country.

Glad we could make a difference!
   15. puck Posted: March 01, 2014 at 01:02 AM (#4664403)
Greg, Target is almost going bankrupt because of our country.

Huh, I thought it was the credit card thing. The store nearest me seems a lot less busy these days.
   16. puck Posted: March 01, 2014 at 01:10 AM (#4664404)
It's reminiscent of the 1973 Topps set, when there would often be two or three players in the picture frame. At least with Werth's card, it's pretty obvious which one is Werth.


There were some strange cards. Steve Garvey's card is horrible, though I guess around here, blocking out Garvey with Wes Parker is a good move.

I guess those were a thing in the mid 70's. I always liked Greg Pruitt's 1975 card, though it's a better Mean Joe Green card.
   17. SoSHially Unacceptable Posted: March 01, 2014 at 11:20 AM (#4664439)

I guess those were a thing in the mid 70's. I always liked Greg Pruitt's 1975 card, though it's a better Mean Joe Green card.


And, in a rarity for the 70's era, football cards, that was one of the few action shots that didn't require helmet decal wipeouts for any of the participants.

   18. My name is Votto, and I love to get blotto Posted: March 01, 2014 at 04:10 PM (#4664570)
Did anyone else make their own little league cards of themselves?

   19. Dock Ellis on Acid Posted: March 01, 2014 at 04:36 PM (#4664585)
I was actually able to buy a box of 24 packs through Amazon Prime for $39.99.
   20. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: March 01, 2014 at 05:23 PM (#4664612)

Huh, I thought it was the credit card thing. The store nearest me seems a lot less busy these days.

The company has a $40 billion market cap and made $520 million in the last quarter...I would say they aren't in danger of bankruptcy anytime soon although the items you cite did hit their earnings.
   21. boteman Posted: March 01, 2014 at 06:55 PM (#4664654)
Jayson Werth would like a word regarding his baseball card

How about "hirsute"?
   22. boteman Posted: March 01, 2014 at 06:56 PM (#4664655)
I know a couple people who work as managers at Target and they are feeling a decided squeeze in the last month or so.

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