Well, that was a laugher.
Win -- 1973 Topps #627 Luis Alvarado (23 votes)
Place (tie) -- 2013 Topps #624 Justin Ruggiano, 1993 Topps #625 Rick Aguilera (5 votes each)
Show (tie) -- 1975 Topps #626 Larry Haney UER, 1993 Topps #628 Kelly Gruber (1 vote each)
As I expected, Luis Alvarado absolutely obliterated the competition, collecting 23 of the 35 total votes on his way to an effortless victory last week. One of those twenty-three tallies was my own, as the used car lot shot makes for what is easily one of my Top Five favorite cards in this frankenset.
I felt bad for the other competitors in last week's page, as a handful of them (Ruggiano and Aguilera, notably) might've won had they been paired with other groups. (Even the pair of one-vote suspects could've at least held their own on other pages.)
Still, with Mr. Alvarado in the mix, they didn't stand a chance.
I'm not sure if there's a clear winner this week.
It's the first incomplete page we've seen in a while, as I have yet to find a worthy suspect for the #636 slot in my frankenset.
As a result, we only have eight nominees this week, so let's meet them.
1990 Upper Deck #631 Drew Hall
1988 Donruss #632 Bob Ojeda
Solid bunting form for a pitcher.
1992 Upper Deck #633 Jaime Navarro
I can't imagine bases make for comfortable pillows.
2013 Topps #634 Drew Smyly
Throwing it back to the Negro League's Detroit Stars.
1992 Upper Deck #635 Pete Harnisch
Pitchers don't make for very imposing catchers.
1990 Upper Deck #637 Trevor Wilson
There's a lot to love about this card (the victory-themed t-shirt/hat, the champagne soaked walls, the rare clubhouse shot), but the taped-up rotary phone in the background gets me every time.
2013 Topps #638 Andrew Cashner
The jersey may not be the infamous brown-and-gold, but it's a throwback nonetheless.
1986 Topps #639 Bo Diaz
We close with a classic nighttime play at the plate from '86 Topps.
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