Thursday, December 15, 2016

Card of the year? It's not baseball, and it's not hockey either

Call me what you will.   Geek.  Nerd.  Dork.  I've heard it before, and I'm sure I'll hear it again.

P-Town Tom has a contest going on right now for card of the year. I'm sure many of you thought I would select this card as my choice.

Sure, it's got the bat flip we all remember from the 2015 ALDS against the Texas Rangers.  But that's old news now.

I've seen this card on my desk daily for the past few weeks, and the geek/dork/nerd in me can't help but be enchanted by it.

Sure, it might be just a shot of a mountain, but it is after all the tallest point on our planet.  The write up on the card back is what gets me stirred up.

  1. Rising more than 29,000 feet above the Nepal-Tibet border (and growing a 1/4" each year), Mt. Everest is over 60 Million Years old.  OK, how in the hell does someone figure out a 29000 foot mountain grows a quarter inch each year??
  2. Winds can bluster beyond 200 MPH and temperatures can range from 100 degrees above to 80 degrees below zero.  200 MPH winds, and I'm here worrying about hurricanes? 
  3. In 2015, for the first time in 41 years, not 1 climber reached its summit -- but a record 22 died trying.  Fascinating point, yes, but quite morbid, don't you think?
As I've pointed out countless times on this blog, I've never been a big insert fan.  But this card for me takes the cake.  I have a computer/card room where the only thing on the wall is my Maple Leafs clock.  Maybe a giant version of this card in a frame might adorn the wall someday.

Yes, I do like the card that much.  It is my card of the year.  

Thanks for reading, Robert


  1. It's a great looking shot of Everest so I could see how it would be your #1. Plus, those factoids are rather interesting.

  2. I'm with you in chosing this card as the card of the year.
    About they knowing how much it grows it has something to do with the sea level or something no? They measure that so that's how they get the 'quarter inch a year' thing.

  3. Wow, I didn't see this one coming! You're right, I thought for sure you would choose the bat flip card.
    Great selection though, and I think a larger scaled version would look great on any wall.

  4. I don't know if I'm really qualified to make a selection for card of the year.. 99.99999% of what I've seen this year is older stuff.. What I have seen of 2016, I'm underwhelmed..

  5. Excellent choice. I wish Topps made box toppers of these, because this would look great on my classroom wall.