Classic midair: we rate Topps 1971 Dal Maxvill.

With help from Mr. Don Mossi, all of whose pictures on baseball cards have made him the greatest person ever depicted on baseball cards, we are instituting a rating system.

The ding.

We're going to rate eye-catching cards that we come across. And whatever else. For instance, when a baseball card blog post catches our eye, for better or worse, we may rate that. These ratings are set in stone. They can never be altered because the committee is reclusive and cranky.

The possibilities are zero up to four dings in five categories, one of which will always be random. The highest score is 20. We would greatly appreciate if you email us scans of cards, or whatever, as long as it's somewhat relevant, to rate. If you dare.

Here's a sample.

1971 Topps Dal Maxvill

Air: 3 out of a possible 4 dings
Background: 2.5 <-- this category will always appear
Off-centeredness: 3 <-- always
Dinged-ness of corners: 3/4
That the Top of the Card says "Cards": 4/4
Final, ineluctable score: 15.5


AceWild said...

That maxvill card photo is nice very original. Not much originality on photography on cards these days.

night owl said...

The best upper right quadrant of nothingness ever depicted on a baseball card.

Love that card.

Tom said...

I like it! However, what kind of score will you give an Upper Deck die-cut card?

skoormit said...

Bonus points to this post for "ineluctable." See if you can't work in "modality of the visible" sometime soon.

MMayes said...

I could be way wrong here, but I'm going to say this is a play in the 3rd inning of the Cards game at Shea on Sept. 12, 1970. There were only 4 day games the Cards played at Shea that year.

A play where Tommie Agee grounded to second baseman Julian Javier, who threw to Maxvill to force Bud Harrelson is my best candidate. The problem is that was the 3rd out of the inning, so why would Harrelson have been going in like he was breaking up a double play? The problem is there just weren't any other play where a white guy with a single uniform number that would have been curved at the top just didn't exist otherwise. The only Mets that had single numbers were Bud Harrelson (3), Ron Swoboda (4, but that's not a 4), Joe Foy (5, but Foy wan't white), and Al Weis (6).

Oh well, quit trying to find the play and just enjoy the card, like the guys sitting in the bullpen seem to be doing.