Time for another new feature on the blog. Pick a card. The idea is simple: I'll post a gallery, link to a gallery or a checklist and you pick the one (or two if you have to pick two) you'd like to add to your collection.
Let's kick it off with 2008 Donruss Threads Baseball Americana Signatures. Here's a few samples:
For a checklist of the set and many more images, click here.
My first choice is the John Cusack. Firstly, I like my baseball cards to have a license attached to them. Non-sport cards, it doesn't matter so much. Cusack is one of my favorite actors. Say Anything and Eight Men Out are in the regular-viewing rotation. Grosse Pointe Blank is an under-appreciated gem in my books.
Although Cusack has had his signature in Donruss Americana II earlier in the year, the dark color photo used meant the autograph was hardly visible. Cusack also had an autograph in Upper Deck's Igor a couple of months ago, but I don't want to attach him to an ugly cartoon character.
My honorable mention is Hank Aaron. Although this set isn't licensed, I can overlook it due to the fact that he's pictured as a kind old soul, decked out for a night of dancing. There's no airbrushed logos, carefully angled shots or other cover-ups. It's just a happy guy looking like he's reminscing about the old days.
So what card would you pick? Here's the gallery (minus a couple of super-rare ones I haven't seen pop up yet).