Thursday, June 8, 2017

30 Day Challenge: The Aftermath

It took longer than 30 days, but I finally completed the Challenge! My thanks to Off Haitus Baseball Cards for creating something that I had so much fun reading, that it made me want to start up a blog and share my thoughts as well. I had a lot of fun with this.

So where do we go from here?

A fight to the death, of course!
(OK, maybe not to the death...)

I highlighted a lot of great cards in the past month plus. Enough for me to fill out a 32 card bracket in fact. So, here's what I'm going to do. Using the tools available at, I randomized the list of cards 30 times and seeded each pairing into a single elimination bracket. I'll post each match and let you vote on who advances.

Disclaimer: I'm withholding the Mantle autograph from this tournament. I would think it'd be an uncontested winner, lessening the fun of this exercise.

To vote, just leave a comment with your choice on which card is better. In case of a tie, the older card wins. Let's kick this off with our first match-up:

1962 Auravision Records Ernie Banks

1988 Leaf #255 Tim Wallach Canadian Greats

The case for Ernie Banks: Not only is he a Hall of Famer, but he's one of those inner circle Hall of Famers. Throw in the fact that this "card" is a playable record, and you have one of the better oddball cards around.

The case for Tim Wallach: Tim Wallach was a very underrated player during his day. Ernie Banks may have been  "Mr. Cub", but Tim Wallach could have very well been "Mr. Expo". This card features the great Donruss artwork we all know and love, and this may be one of the best examples of a card border matching a team color scheme.

What say you, faithful readers? Who should advance, and why? It's up to you - have at it!


  1. As cool as all of the elements on the Wallach card are, I personally have to give the edge to the Banks card. Part of it is because Banks > Wallach any day. The other part is simply...a playable record? That's pretty amazing too.

  2. Cool post concept! I doubt it's much of a surprise that I'm voting Banks. However, even if it was another player or team, I'd still always vote for the record - it blends two of my collecting passions.

  3. Hey, I saw Mr. Cub hit his 500th HR on WGN...Hey! Hey it's the Ernie Banks card!

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    1. And here I thought Banks would get the shutout!