Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Darryl Strawberry 2018 Topps High Tek

I was curious about these 2018 Topps High Tek cards. I wish they had spell Tek as Tech. Tek, for me, is Jason Varitek. Maybe he designed them? They come in four different patterns and are on some kind of transparent material (plastic?).  I was struggling to figure out which pattern was which but fortunately found it from the wonderful Cardboard Connection.

Pattern 1

Pattern 2

Pattern 3

Pattern 4

I've decided to rename the patterns. Pattern 1, 2, 3, 4... those are boring names.

The first pattern is a super highway.
The second pattern is a template for and ugly sweater.
The third pattern are yield signs.
The fourth pattern is Pac-Man, clearly.

The card front looks "cool" enough I guess. For about .50 cents each I'm not complaining but I am not sure I'll go after any more in other sets. I presume, at least, Topps does this a lot? I'm not sure why they bothered putting text on the back. The font is so flipping small my 45-year-old eyes couldn't read it before I scanned them. The top line is a career best; I guess a composite of all his highest numbers from whatever season. Lame. The bottom line is career totals. They use Baseball Reference WAR for the WAR number.

Which number do you prefer for WAR? Baseball Reference or the other one? If there was one agreed upon WAR number I'd still not like it, but I'd be much less critical of it. By much less I mean I would still largely find it mostly stupid.

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  1. I mostly use bWAR, but it's not because I've analyzed the methodology and found it better; it's just that I find their site easier to use.

    1. Yes, I can't say I've ever spent too much time on FanGraphs.

  2. I immediately thought of an ugly Christmas sweater when I saw the second pattern.

  3. The fourth one I can see the PacMan tie in.. Since it looks like a hedge maze..