DATA: 2009 Upper Deck Goudey
PING: I love Upper Deck’s Goudey and couldn’t wait for Votto to get his own card in this year’s set. Though there are a lot of not-so-flattering “illustrations” in this set, Joey ended up doing alright. I especially love the tight crop, showing Joey briefly admiring a shot to the left-center gap before hustling around to second for a double.
In regards to ’09 Goudey – I would have like to have seen the illustrations take on a few liberties, taking out logos (like the Majestic logo on Joey’s sleeve), simplifying wrinkles in the jerseys, taking the vent holes out of the new-style helmets, and other stuff like that. I think it would have amounted to a more timeless release with those types of artistic choices. All-in-all though, the simplicity of the card design and lack of glossy finish really do it for me.
UPDATE: I just realized how close the photo on this Goudey card is to the Reds 2008 SGA Joey Votto card. Crazy.