11.24.2009

Fan Paks. What do you think? And a word from an owl.

There have been a few posts by bloggers about this product. This one by Nachos Grande is epic. Let's just say if you like standees, trivia, oversized cards, and something that just plain isn't Topps or Upper Deck, this may be a breath of fresh air until the next real thing comes along. The packs are $1.99. These are fully licensed by MLB. The cards measure 3 and 5/8" by 3 and 5/8".

The concept of a square baseball card is freaky. It messes with the world order.

The straight cards have a "Gazette" on the back with decently written text about the player.

The standee cards have a different back:

Instructions how to do the folds and a few trivia questions. Here's Jimmy on the run:
Then there is also a trivia card:
Here's the back with the answers:
Also included are some tattoos, or, as these serial misspellers say, "FanTats."
Of course, actual fan packs, which you can send away to MLB teams for before the season starts, have become fairly lame, so the question is, are these cards conceptually more lame or less lame than MLB team fan packs? Here's a link to the company's MLB card list, both headline cards and standees. David Wright is #11! Overall, we thought the cards were colorful, the cardstock decent, and the attempt at something new pleasant enough in the lull. We won't buy any more, though, because we are happily entrenched in our card rut.

We close with an unrelated development. Driving home tonight from a rough day at the EMT lab, I pulled into the driveway and saw this guy staring down at me from a corner of the garage. This is not a cat. This is a great horned owl. He was GINORMOUS, which unfortunately the picture doesn't convey--at first I wondered if a baby bobcat, another common critter around here, had somehow gotten on the roof. When I took this picture, Mr. Owl looked at me like, "Hm, I wonder if I could carry you away?" That is, he did not seem fazed in the least; he was the boss. This fellow is an imposing predator. As I sat at my desk inside a few minutes later, he flew away, with his giant wingspan, into the red sunset.

12 comments:

night owl said...

I'm watching you :)

Actually, that photo would work on my blog quite nicely.

Dinged Corners said...

Mr. Owl, you would be most welcome to use that photo of yourself. I can send you the original, which looks a tad less dark than how it shows up on the blog. DC

Offy said...

I've purchased a couple of packs of these and while they are fun, just like most Upper Deck products, they are overpriced. I'd buy a whole gravity feeder of these if they were $1 a pack instead.

Dinged Corners said...

Very good point, Offy, the price point is too high even at 1.99. A buck would work.

AlbuqwirkE said...

Definitely not something for my collection- at any price.

madding said...

Nice! The closest we get to wildlife around here is feral cats and the occasional raccoon.

night owl said...

I'd love that. Thanks!

paulsrandomstuff said...

They seem like a better "kids product" than anything that Topps or Upper Deck ever put out... but I'm just not interested in acquiring more odd-sized cards.

FanOfReds said...

I'm on the fence with these things...I think if there were more than a single Red in the entire set I'd be more likely to pick up a couple more packs. They don't even make nice "trade filler" since their sizes are so strange. Oh well, it's fun to try new things!

Spiff said...

Not sure I like the fan packs idea, I'm supposed to pay for fan packs for teams I don't follow? Do like the owl pic though.

Too bad about the rough EMT day. Hope it gets better for ya.

mikepelfreyshouse said...

only wild life around here is those dang crickets that are about the size of my foot (NASTY!) me and my girlfriend are so paranoid of these things, they jump like 10 feet high! so what do we do? shoot at em with the BB gun! Just a random fact about me I thought Id share! have a nice thanksgiving everyone!

skoormit said...

I picked up a pack myself the other day, and I liked the product. If my son were five instead of three, I would buy him a pack of these on every trip to Mall-Wart as a way to dip his toe into the pool.