9.04.2009

Baseball Card Zozobra: what would you burn?

The Burning of Zozobra happens on the first night of “Fiestas de Santa Fe” during the second week of September.

It's a somewhat terrifying, somewhat satisfying celebration that has been part of the city’s culture since 1926. Zozobra, also known as Old Man Gloom, is a 55-foot "puppet" with moving arms and an eerie moaning voice. He represents all of last year's troubles and worries. During the time he is being constructed each year, people write down their worries or problems on a piece of paper, and the bits of paper are packed inside the puppet, and all that paper (and all those problems) taken together make for quite a spectacular fire.

Zozobra has caused evil in the past year and now the ghosts will get him and he will be set aflame. At one point during the Night of Zozobra in Fort Marcy Park, people begin to chant "BURN HIM! BURN HIM!" and he flame dancers tease Zozobra until the last moment when he is finally torched.

Zozobra wails and moans and waves his arms and when he burns enough, his head sets off a fireworks display. The ritual in essence destroys gloom for the coming new year by burning away the god of gloom or worry – Zozobra. It's a significant event in Northern New Mexico. The first fews years we lived here we were freaked out by it (that huge figure screaming and waving his arms, with a couple of thousand people chanting, and then this immense fire, well trust us, it's eerie), then mystified, but now it's just 'oh yeah, Zozobra time.' When Collective Troll posted a dilemma he had recently, we got to thinking about Zozobra in the realm of baseball cards.

Thus we ask, in the past year of baseball card experiences for you, what piece of cardboard would you like to drop in Zozobra? What baseball card product or frustration or concern would you most like to burn away along with Old Man Gloom?

5 comments:

Jim said...

Upper Deck Series 2 would have to go into Zozobra. I'm still frustrated by the duplicate players, pictures, etc., prevalent throughout the series. Yet for some reason now that I've started collecting it, I feel the need to complete the set. Vexing. Into Zozobra Upper Deck Series 2!

MattR said...

I'd burn all of those goofy cards from the late 80s and early 90s that depicted "pre-rookies." I really hated seeing cards of players in high school uniforms and street clothes.

JD's Daddy said...

I would like to toss is the 2009 SP Legendary Cuts. Man, did I get suckered into these way too expensive set in the hopes of collecting all 100 short prints. Well I got to 58 of them, and they are all going up on Ebay this weekend (shameless promotion) to recoup but a sliver of the money I invested into them. Base set stays though :)

PunkRockPaint said...

I think Upper Deck X will burn beautifully. I am a little worried about the toxicity of all that burning foil...

Two Packs A Day said...

I'd burn the ACLU cards (any duplicates since I would have to keep one for my setbuilding) from 2009 American Heritage.