The Upper Deck Strokes of Genius autographed baseball card is one of the most pleasing designs we've come across. Once Mario described the cards as "elegant" and that's what we like. Understated and classic...even the texture of the card, which resembles a heavy-stock vellum, works well. Best of all, no sticker autographs, only on-card. As usual, we are out of synch with reality, because Strokes of Genius cards are not that highly valued. You can pick them up on eBay for reasonable prices. The black frame works well, as does the vaguely distressed lettering. The player depictions are spot on. Here are a few:
The main "throwback" in these Strokes of Genius cards: doing something simply and doing it well. When a company gets it right, we remember why we enjoy collecting these cardboard rectangles in the first place.