1982 Topps Jim Palmer
Hmmm… I wonder if this photo was taken during Spring Training…
What gives it away, you ask?? Let’s see. Maybe it’s the refreshed look on Palmer’s face. Or the sunburn. Or the senior citizens crowding in the background.
Look, I like the 1982 Topps set. The cards look good for the most part and Topps did a good job of working with the border colors, lettering, and team colors to add nice symmetry to the cards. But this photo just really stinks. I know that Jim Palmer was considered to be a sex symbol during his career and even afterwards. I’m ok with that. But let his Jockey ads attract that kind of crowd, not his baseball card!!
We want dirty uniforms. We want action photos. We want sweaty guys playing the sport we love.
Sometimes being a player collector is tough. I am thrilled to add this card to my Jim Palmer collection but I don’t see it making my ‘Top 5’ list anytime soon.