Rummaging through an endless supply of monster boxes did me no good, and I pretty much resigned myself to a fate of settling for a Blue Jays post. Inspiration then struck, from a little 12 card pile to the right of me on my desk.
The burgeoning Jim Thome pile.
After announcing my intention to collect Jim Thome as my 2nd player collection, I really haven't been actively searching for his cards on either the trade front, or the eBay front. After some thought, I remembered an image on an eBay auction that I had spied a few days before.
So, I've decided to do something that I don't think I've done before....write about a card I don't own.
When I saw the image, it struck me as one that would define Jim Thome for me. I don't throw this word around, but when I looked up the definition, I'm more confident about using the word for this card.
Iconic--Adj. Depicting a victorious athlete in a conventional style.You definitely could say that I'm stretching the use of the word iconic. It is after all a baseball card, right?
What is the "iconic" image? This card.
|2008 A&G #76|
While not the greatest image off the web, you get the idea. How many times over his 22 year career have I seen that pose; Thome waiting for the pitcher by holding his bat with just his right hand.
612 different times pitchers have seen that pose and then watched as a ball flew into the outfield stands behind them.
In 2008, I was only buying a pack here and there, definitely had never seen anything the likes of A&G in the stores. If only I knew then what I know now.
Jim's back is to you, and you can barely see his face, but I'm already looking forward to owning this card. I'm sure that when I do finally receive the card, it will be a long time before I put it down.
It's not too often that a single card has this kind of an effect on me. That's good, because I can get in trouble for using a word such as iconic...the baseball card police just might come and get me.
thanks for reading, Robert