So, I was thinkin about card sets that would be cool if they existed, and I came up with this: The Upper Deck Charlie Hustle Collection. The set would be a tribute to Pete Rose, and would also serve as a nice "F You" to MLB. I came up with a few smaple cards. I'm thinking a base set with 4,256 cards, one for each hit (think UD Documentary, but the way it should have been done). The base cards have a 4,256 print run as well. In addition, the set would have 86 postseason hit silver cards and 7 all-star hit gold cards, each numbered to the year of the game. This is what I envision, though I'm not a graphic artist (I airburshed out the logo in the first one UD-style, but this is a half-assed commitment so I didn't on the rest):
I'll save the best insert set for last, since it would be a freakin awesome set on its own; for now, I foresee a red-bordered on-card auto for each card in the set. So, every card would really be a 1 of 1, but calling them 1 of 1's doesn't sit well with me be they aren't that unique.
As for memoribilia cards, there will be a bat mem card for each regular season hit, and a patch card for each postseason and all-star hit. Yes, that's right, patches - no plain jerseys.
Of course, there would have to be an auto/mem card:
And just to give MLB the finger - and despite the fact that I think cut autos are stupid - we'll have a cut auto of the Rose-banning commish Giamatti
Now, I am a bit conflicted, because while I think the following insert set would be a great addition, I also think it would be a great set on its own. I introduce: "Upper Deck Blacklist"
A set with each person banned from MLB (regardless of whether they were reinstated). The checklist:
Richard Higham (Umpire)
Jack O'Connor (Manager)
Harry Howell (Coach)
Horace Fogel (Owner)
"Shoeless" Joe Jackson
William B. Cox
George Steinbrenner (Owner)
Marge Schott (Owner)
Tell me the Shoeless, Jenkins, Mantle, Mays, Rose, and Steinbrenner wouldn't be awesome to have. I might have to actually make some of the cards from this other than Shoeless, just to see what they look like. We'll save that for another day...
Needless to say, I think Pete Rose should be reinstated. The Hall of Fame is a joke without the Hit King.