Taking a stroll around my neighborhood this morning, I stopped in at the local hobby shop and plunked down $2 (!) for a pack of the brand new 2008 Topps cards. That’s Manny on the foil cover there, arms raised. This year’s design is quite handsome (white borders, modernist colored dots), and I sure was pleased to find a Phil Hughes sitting at the top of the stack. But I will admit to being shocked, and not in a good way, by the card beneath it:
Yes, that’s Mitt Romney, of the GOP. (Distasteful and obsolete!) Apparently there are 12 presidential candidates, from both parties, mixed in with this year’s set. I recall being disappointed, as a boy, at drawing a series of Jim Beatties when all I wanted was a Reggie Jackson. I can only imagine what today’s kids will think of this, but I’m guessing it won’t be positive. Not sure what Topps was thinking. Anyway, I hear Obama’s the hot card, the media doesn’t like the Hillary, and the McCains are all frayed at the edges…..