In particular, we'd never seen anything like the Hobby Masters card on the right. Exploring the Zito Effect (obtaining many cards of a player but rarely getting a double), David at Indians Cards pointed out a possible connection to Z's status as a fallen star--in that people are willing to give up cards of a fallen star, thus making it easier to amass a greater variety. But the Zito Effect ALMOST applies to some star players, too. For instance, Ichiro.
Apparently, Zito and Ichiro also have cards in the hundreds. In response to a request from Eric S., and because we needed SOMETHING to do during the results show of American Idol tonight other than actually watch it, we present our Barry Zito collection. This includes recent acquisitions from jacobmrley, night owl, john/jack the british fellow (we are putting together some good 80s for you, good sir); ryan s. of baltimore; zman (we have your packet ready to mail, by the way, but are waiting for one more card), and many other blogville greats.
For some reason, we rarely if ever pull a Zito card from a pack--it's happened only twice--so the lion's share of these cards truly do come from bloggers and readers, and I wish we could express how cool that is. These also represent a couple of card shop stops, and three eBay wayfares. We're not that good with words. So instead, here are pictures:
Here is a view from AFTER he made too much money. Yet not as much as he would make soon. Aha! We need more Zitos in a Giants uniform.
"You wouldn't LIKE me when I'm angry."
High kick. High stockings.
Mainly it's me that likes Zito cards. Although Lucy is partial to
that Turkey Red. And after extensive forensic analysis we determined that Barry's card (left) is the darkest of all the '08 Masterpieces.