These Just Dropped into my Lap
April 2nd, 2010 by slangon

I mentioned earlier in the week that I made a couple of trades recently that knocked quite a few cards off of my wantlists. This particular one comes from Peter over at Dropped Third Strike. Amazingly, he was able to kill off all the remaining cards I needed for the 2010 Topps base set. Even more amazing I realized is I think this is the first time in my life I ever polished off a Topps base set. Weird, huh?

Anyway, here’s afew of my more favoriter cards from the 2010’s.

I love love love seeing really cool game action on cards and what’s more cooler and actionier that a base runner upending the second baseman to break up the double play.

The photograph in this here Joe Mauer card is not the worst, but I feel like when you put out a card celebrating a player winning the league M.V.P. you can probably come up with a little more exciting picture. I actually graduated college with a degree in photography so I spent a lot of time studying photography history. I tended towards the photojournalistic / street photography end of the spectrum and one guy I really admired was a French fellow by the name of Henri Cartier Bresson. He had this theory of photography that he referred to as the “decisive moment”. Basically, rather than just shooting 1000 shots of the same subject and hoping that a few photos come out good, every event or scene has one defining moment that is the pinnacle of the action and that is the moment that the photograph should capture for the most visual impact. I think this Craig Counsell card illustrates that theory quite nicely whereas the Mauer card not so much.

Keeping with my lecture on what I feel constitutes a good baseball card photograph, Chris Carpenter and Jair Jurrjens are 50% there. The Freak is full on there.

Peter also hooked me up with a couple of Mets inserts from this set that I sorely needed.

He was also good enough to throw in a handful of extraneous cards, including some ’09 Allen & Ginters and ’09 Goudeys.

Thanks again Peter.

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