It's that time again.
For you, fellow reader, it's time to hit those polls and vote on this region's "Terrific 32" matchups. We have a few good ones here, I must say.
Voting for this region will close this Thursday, May 16th, at 11:59 PM. I hope to have the victors announced sometime this weekend.
Without further ado, let's introduce tonight's batch of "Terrific 32" matchups.
#9 seed -- 1988 Fleer #582 Tim Flannery
#16 seed -- 1987 Topps Traded #22T Ron Cey
This initial matchup pits a couple early overproduction-era greats against each other.
The Flannery is easily the more well-known card of the pair, but, from when I've posted about it, the Cey seems to be a pretty popular card amongst the blogging brethren.
We'll just have to see how far "The Penguin" can coast on that unfamiliar uniform magic.
Mr. Flannery will probably prove to be a tough roadblock.
#4 -- 1990 Score Rookie/Traded #100T Eric Lindros (RC?)
#12 -- 1991 Topps #760 Benito Santiago
Here it is.
My absolute favorite matchup of this region. And one of the better pairings you'll see in the "Terrific 32", I'd bet.
If I had to create a "Top 10" list for the overproduction era, chances are you'd see both of these in the countdown.
Needless to say, I'm excited to see how the voting plays out in this epic matchup.
#3 -- 1989 Scoremasters #22 Mark Grace
#11 -- 1987 Classic Yellow #124 Andre Dawson
Sadly, these are the only two Cubbies left in this tournament.
The randomizer spit out two different Cub-Cub matchups in the field of 64. And, coincidentally, the two survivors are forced to face each other in the "Terrific 32".
Mr. Dawson already took down a fierce opponent with the '92 Topps Tommy Lasorda in the last round. How much of a challenge will "Gracie" prove to be?
We'll just have to see where the voting goes.
#2 -- 1989 Score #645 Randy Johnson RC
#7 -- 1991 Topps #455 Walt Weiss
This final matchup should be a good one.
As it happens, the Weiss was the only horizontal card from this region to move on to the "Terrific 32". For my money, "double dip" shots don't get much better.
I've always maintained that the Randy Johnson piece represents one of the best parts of the overproduction era as a whole.
Thanks to the billions and billions of cards that rolled off the presses during the era, you can find rookies of legends like the "Big Unit" for pennies on the dollar.
For a budget-minded collector such as myself, such bargains are like paradise.
Well, there you have it.
The polls for this region are now on the sidebar.