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Sunday, July 28, 2013
Paul Blair, 2001 Fleer Greats of the Game #78
This card design is a bit too plain for my tastes. I think they should have kept the original photo intact, rather than cutting the player out and sticking him against a white background with a drop shadow. It looks like an artist's conception of Paul Blair in purgatory. And if you're going with all of the white, and the simple centered team logo, and the blue border with name bar, why try to jazz it up with the foil stamp? This is kind of a mess. But I do like the photo of a young Blair in the rarely-seen 1963-1965 home jersey, featuring "ORIOLES" in block lettering across the chest. You don't see Paul Blair on many contemporary cards now, since Topps is bound and determined to include only Jim Palmer, the Robinsons, Cal Ripken, and Eddie Murray as representatives of Baltimore's baseball history. Way to go, guys.
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.