Card of the Moment #8
November 16th, 2009 by slangon

Some Weird Richard Petty Lenticular Promotion Thing That I’m Not Totally Sure Counts As a Sports Card

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This is one of those things exactly like SportFlix cards, where as you turn the card, the image “animates”. I was wracking my brains trying to figure out how to scan it a bunch of times and then stitch the scans together to animate it, but every time I scanned it, I just got the same image of Richard in mid-crash.

Anyway, the company that I work for attends lots of trade shows where they end up with random crap that people at said trade shows force on attendees. The people at my office who attend these things will bring back their prizes and dump them on a table for everyone else to pick over like a pack of vultures. Usually, 99% of it is garbage which ends up getting filed in the appropriate spot, but every now and again, something sort of interesting pops up.

Next to a Budweiser t-shirt that was compressed and packaged to look like a beer can (you know the type of thing that they shoot into the crowd during the 7th Inning Stretch at pretty much every single baseball game ever), this card-type thingie is probably the most interesting swag I ever got second-hand from one of these shows.

Like I said, it’s like a SportFlix card and it shows an animation from start to finish of a pretty horrific looking wreck involving Richard Petty at the 1988 Daytona 500. Unlike SportFlix, though, that might only have 3 or 4 images in the animation, this thing probably has about 15 or 20. It really does show the whole crash, pretty much from start to finish. It’s impressive. I also like that it has Richard himself down at the bottom with that shit-eating grin, like he’s saying “Yeah, that was me. I made that crash.”

I don’t even know if this can even be considered a “racing card”, but I normally don’t see the allure behind collecting them. Maybe that’s because I don’t see the allure behind watching a bunch of dudes drive around in a circle really fast 500 times. I will admit I do like crashes though (provided nobody gets hurt). So in honor of me admitting that I would only watch NASCAR for the crashes, I name this thing card the Card Thing of the Moment.

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