Thursday, December 6, 2018
I'm Ugly and I'm Proud!
I've had a hard time with my Ugly Sweater post for the Baseball Every Night contest. I know I've come across plenty of cards in my time that were just downright ugly. It's been hard, though, to recall them from the depths of my memory, where they have been banished. There are a few that come to mind, but I'm still not sure that they qualify as the ugliest card I own or have seen. Still, let's have a gander.
Interestingly, I have four cards to show in pairs. The first two are both football and have a similar theme: the hair.
Both of these cards frightened me a little when I was a kid. I remember having the James Wilder card in my collection as a youngster, and I always wondered why his hair looked green. There is a greenish tint that is not like a hair-dye hue. This looks more like a patch of moss growing from his head. Along the years, I lost the card somehow. Then I started building the 1988 Topps set last year, and when Wilder returned to my collection, I noticed his hair still looked green. So it wasn't just a printing error for the copy I owned. I still can't explain it. Mark Murphy, on the other hand, might welcome some hair. Once again hearkening back to my younger years, I was a little scared by the wrinkly, veiny scalp on full display. I hate to make fun of anyone's appearance on a card (Heaven forbid my likeness ever ends up printed on cardboard and distributed to the masses), but this one haunted my 9-year-old brain.
The other two are baseball cards, and they're both drawn cards.
There are probably other, uglier cards in my collection, but these are the ones that stayed in my mind as I thought about the topic. Thanks for the contest, Peter. I hope you are all enjoying the sight of ugly cardboard this holiday season.