My Target trip yesterday yielded a lot of good stuff. One of the more interesting items (to me) that I found in one of my repack purchases was a 1992 Topps Gold Winners card. Why I found it interesting was that it featured noted "winner" Dave Otto.
4.23 ERA (nearly league average) but with just 4.2 K/9 and allowing 9.7 H/9...and, to be clear, this was probably his best Major League Season.
Labeling Otto as a winner after that season is like giving every kid in a league a trophy for participating.
Speaking of giving kids trophies for participation, I present the following insert from the 2013 Panini Elite Extra Edition from a blaster I bought at Target.
But this relic creeps me out.
Did Panini really get the jersey from a 14-year-old kid, cut it up, insert it into cards, print them up, and think "I bet the collectors will really love these cards"?
I suppose it is only a matter of time before some entrepreneurial sort starts releasing releasing cards for highly recruited high school football players.
What's that you say?