Baseball vs hockey, played through cardboard

11 05 2010

One of the things that actually excited me about Upper Deck’s loss of a baseball card license was that the design on the 2010/11 hockey cards would seem pretty fresh.  The 09/10 design was boring before the cards even hit my hands since I had seen it for the 1000 cards that made up the baseball release.  The few tweaks that they did make took a poor design and made it seem worse.

I finally opened a few packs of this year’s hockey cards (or is the 09/10 release already considered last year’s hockey cards?), so I thought I’d do a side by side comparison of the hockey and baseball releases.  Then I thought, ‘Why not up the stakes?  Why not make this for card collecting supremacy between hockey and baseball?’

So here’s the rules.  I’ll take a card from the hockey packs I opened recently, pull out the baseball card from the equivalent set with the same number on the back, and then determine which card is better, and ultimately which sport rules the roost.

Card #7 leads off.

For 2009/10 Upper Deck hockey, card #7 is Dennis Wideman, defenseman for the Boston Bruins.  The Bruins failed tonight to know off the Flyers in game five of the conference semifinals, but hopefully they can work it out on Wednesday with help from Wideman.  So far he leads the Bruins in assists so far this year and his ten points ties him for forth among defensemen in the playoffs.

The card itself is a nice action shot of Wideman racing down the ice, perhaps to touch up on an iced puck.  The background is lacking, and this can be a real weakness of hockey cards – too much dead white space.  If Wideman were instead running on dirt with some nice green grass in the background, it’d be one heck of a card.

Take its numerical equivalent form the hockey set, Mark Reynolds.  It’s a fairly boring pose, but with the added color it looks that much better.  Reynolds holds the major league record for strikeouts in a season with 223 a staggering number when you realize that he only had 578 at bats last year.  The Diamondbacks are willing to overlook that since he also hit 44 home runs and drove in over 100 runs.

As far as design tweaks, I’m not sure why Upper Deck went from ugly bronze to even uglier gray gradient for the player’s position.  An awful choice.  Add to that the change in fonts, and I’m left thinking Upper Deck just never finished the design on these.  The hockey card fronts have a real amateurish feel to them over all, especially when compared to the baseball release.

As for the competition, Reynolds doesn’t strike out this time and gives baseball an early 1-0 lead.




2 responses

12 05 2010

The background on the Reynolds totally makes that card. The front design on both is…uninspired, dull, and lacking. I’m not a huge fan of borderless cards and I wish companies would just go back to actual cardboard stock and none of this high glossy stuff. Meh.

15 05 2010
Baseball vs Hockey, inning 2 « Hand Collated

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