Tuesday, May 29, 2012
The other day I pulled this Lonnie Chisenhall from a 2012 Archives Blaster. I asked what I thought was an obvious question, who is Lonnie Chisenhall?
I was rewarded with a number of comments, both on the blog and through email, that Chisenhall was a highly touted prospect in the Indians organization. According to one, he should be a fixture at 3rd for the Indians for a long time. Apparently, he might have also stolen some computers back in college.
I finally figured out why I haven't heard of Chisenhall. It's because Topps hasn't annointed him as the Next Big Thing.
Who had a chance to hear about any other prospects the last two years with Stephen Strasburg and Bryce Harper on the horizon?
Topps, also known as the Nationals Publicity Machine, did everything they could to focus the entire hobby around Strasburg and Harper. I get that Bowman is a prospectors dream, but it would be nice if every other product didn't have to focus on unproven guys like this. Oh well, that's the name of the game these days. Products are driven by the mega-case breakers and speculators who don't care about the core of the hobby. Now, it could be that I'm a little bitter about it, or it could be that I worked 24 of the last 32 hours.
I don't want to be too negative around here, so I'll include this little tidbit in this post rather than write a separate one. I'm primarily a team collector, but I do like to put together a few sets too. I'm not going to complete a master set anytime soon, but if you (I'm talkin' to you Topps) are going to include a card as a "base card" and number it in with the set, then don't make it an SP or an SSP or an SSSSSSSP. They did it with that stupid Strasburg card #661 and now they've done it with the Bryce Harper in the Archives Set. Word is that the Harper, card #241, is only available 1:15 CASES of Archives. If that is true, then someone at Topps should be fired right now. Fired, tarred, feathered and ridden out of town on a rail. If it's not true, and I'm overreacting, which is highly possible, then I apologize and take back every sour thing I've thought about Topps the last few days (not really, I'm sure they deserve it anyway).
Alright, let's get back to the positivity later tonight. I hope you're Memorial Day was a good one and you didn't have to work like Night Owl and me.