Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Topps Chicle...Really?


OK, so I have to admit that I have yet to see any of these cards in person. But from what I have seen online, a lot of the players look strange. Like, un-human strange.

I think the art card concept can work well if it's done correctly, but some of the artists that Topps used fell well short of producing decent paintings/sketches. I do like how guys like Eddie and Palmer are included in the set, and a few of the Orioles cards look nice, Pie & Tejada specifically. But I challenge you to tell me who the hell this is supposed to be?

If you already know, please don't answer. I want some honest guesses since I would've had no idea myself. Your hint is that he is currently on the Orioles 25 man roster. And that I don't think this looks anything like him...

14 comments:

Grand Cards said...

Luke Scott?

I'm so conflicted by Chicle myself. So much potential, so many beautiful cards and then you get some that are just horrible. I'd like to see them continue this release in 2011 once they get the kinks worked out though

PaulW said...

I was thinking Garrett Atkins.

night owl said...

I don't know the looks of too many Orioles, so I'm really going to guess and say Ty Wigginton.

Chicle is a tough one to figure out. The wide fluctuations in drawings sort of interest me. But I haven't seen it in person so I'm not going to make a final judgment until then.

PaulW said...

After looking again, I'm thinking it's Reimold. I have no clue why. Just a wild guess.

JoesAutographs said...

By looking at it, it looks like Nolan Reimold, by the way he is running

Roy said...

I have to say Atkins.

But thinking of the Chipper Ruth...


...it must be Ripken.

zman40 said...

I'll pick someone different and go with Markakis.

dayf said...

Dangit I was going to pick Zarkakis before I saw Zman had already done so. I'll go with Brian Roberts instead.

Aaron said...

I say Reimold.

TheBrooklynMet said...

He looks a bit like Jeff Francoeur to me, but that might be my Met bias creeping in. Plus, he should not be wearing an Os uni.

phaedrusX said...

I agree with all the Reimold guesses. I think he has wears the same black wrist band and elbow pad/sleeve that is shown here.

Ryan aka Orioles Magic said...

Everyone had some great guesses. I think that the card looks more like Francoeur than any Orioles player, good call Brooklyn Met!

But some of you guys really know your Orioles, Nolan Reimold is correct. I think that the painting captures his running style much better than his facial features. Maybe they should have had different artists draw different parts of the card?

Overall, I don't know about the set. I will have to buy a few packs to check it out in person, but this card really bothered me.

TheBrooklynMet said...

Maybe the artist wanted Francoeur but some other artist took him first, and he/she just decided to depict Francoeur in an O's uni on a Nolan Reimold card. Sounds like something some artsy person might do.

PaulW said...

Hey Ryan, I emailed you about a Zach Britton. I have 3 guys off of your need list.

Thanks,
Paul