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Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Marty Cordova, 2002 Upper Deck #582
There's something wrong with this card, and it's not just the image of Marty Cordova taking the field for the Orioles, which he managed to do 140 times over the span of a three-year contract, and 9 times after the first year of the deal. If you know your Marty Cordova trivia (and really, who doesn't?), you'll realize that he is right-handed. Yet this photo appears to show him throwing lefty. Of course the dead giveaway is the backwards "Orioles" script on his jersey. Somebody at Upper Deck used a reverse negative. I never even realized it until I pulled the card out of one of my boxes tonight. Of course, back in the day, Upper Deck got much more attention for another reverse negative photo. It's always refreshing to see a card company actually make an honest error, rather than manufacturing one to drum up publicity and drive up prices.
I can remember playing with baseball cards as a toddler, but I actually started collecting them when I was ten. Now I'm an adult looking for an outlet to talk about my hobby without receiving blank stares in return. You can contact me thusly.