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Monday, January 28, 2008

Catastrophe on Cardboard: Hal McRae

I was searching through cards for my next Best and Worst post when I came across this beauty that could have not possibly have a corresponding Best card to be posted with it. I can not say enough bad things about it. Hal McRae was a good ballplayer for the Reds and Royals. He must have been having a bad day!

1. 1982 Fleer: This is a bad looking set, as was 1981 and to a lesser extent 1983. Fleer got it right from 1984 to 1987 before messing it all up again in 1988. I think that the team logo should always be on the front of the card although most cards have now trended away from this practice.

2. Photography: This is not a good photograph. It is of similar picture quality as others in the set but even for a head-shot, this is terrible.

3. Cropping: Was cropping photos not an option in 1982. I am not suggesting that zooming in is a good option but at least show us some action in that space to the right of his head.

4. Helmet: Is it too small? Is it about to come off because he just motored down the line to beat the throw at first? Or does Hal lack the will to push the helmet all the way onto his head?

5. Beard: The beard is a little bit impressive! He may have spent the last year in a cave or he could be participating in the NHL playoffs. His son, Brian, did later sport an updated version of this beard of beards in the 1990's.

6. LaVar Burton: This is not actually Hal McRae. It appears to be LaVar Burton, of Roots, Star Trek:TNG, and my personal favorite, Reading Rainbow.


Anonymous said...

You just have to love that quality control. Your right, that set is pretty weak.

Unknown said...

Hal McRae's 1981 helmet tilt is a precursor to C.C. Sabathia's hat tilt. It's a style 25 years in the making. Without the now much maligned photograph, we would have never known.

Bay Rat North West said...

Take a look! It's in a book!
A Hal McRae bad photo!

Great tie in to Reading Rainbow.

Big Daddy Filth said...

No way in hell is that jordi Laforge where the hell is the comb over his eyes!!