Thursday, May 23, 2013
Gems of Junk Wax Bracketology: Victors from the Terrific 32 (Pt. 3)
Well, another round of voting is in the books.
As a whole, this region easily proved to have the closest tallies we've seen in the "Terrific 32".
Let's start with one of the better matchups of the tournament thus far.
#8 seed -- 1987 Topps #170 Bo Jackson RC (22 votes)
#16 seed -- 1991 Topps #530 Roger Clemens (10 votes)
It finally happened.
A card from 1991 Topps has been knocked out of the tournament.
While I'm sure the near-universal distaste for Roger Clemens had something to do with it, the fact of the matter is that the "Bo" rookie is generally the more popular card.
It just might be the most recognizable image from the entire overproduction era.
#5 -- 1988 Donruss #625 The Ripken Family (21 votes)
#13 -- 1988 Score #501 Reggie Jackson (11 votes)
In the end, the Ripkens emerged victorious in the "Battle of Baltimore".
While I personally would've selected the '88 Score Jackson, I can see why the masses went with the Ripkens. As I've said time and time again, anything Cal Ripken-related seems to have a tremendous following in this hobby.
And, as it happens, a card from 1988 Donruss is moving on to the "Sweet 16".
Who would've thought?
#11 -- 1991 Upper Deck #175 Fernando Valenzuela (18 votes)
#3 -- 1993 Upper Deck #174 Carlos Baerga (14 votes)
This proved to be the most nail-biting "Terrific 32" matchup yet.
Over the three-day voting period, the lead changed hands on a multitude of occasions. One minute, it'd be "Fernando". The next, Baerga would be back ahead. Both jostled for position the entire time.
In the end, the fantastic "multiple-exposure" night shot of Mr. Valenzuela eked out a four-vote victory.
#7 -- 1994 UD Ken Burns Baseball #66 Bill Mazeroski (18 votes)
#2 -- 1994 Conlon Collection #1000 Ty Cobb (14 votes)
Despite a last-minute surge from "The Georgia Peach", Mr. Mazeroski managed to emerge victorious in this terrific old-time battle.
While I probably would've went with the Cobb, I can certainly see why my readers selected this one. The "Maz" features a simply jaw-dropping shot from one of the defining moments in baseball history.
I'm guessing it'll prove to be a strong "Sweet 16" nominee.
We're really starting to get into the thick of things. As of right now, we only have one more round of "Terrific 32" voting.
Look for the last batch of "Terrific 32" matchups later tonight!