My Top 5 Astros Cards
1. L.J. Hoes (red)
2. Carlos Corporan (yellow)
3. Jonathan Villar (yellow)
4. Jose Altuve (purple)
5. Jake Buchanan (rookie prospects)
The Astros had a very strong set of photos this year including my overall favorite so far. Both the timing and the location of the L.J. Hoes is absolutely perfect. It really looks like the Athletics van is running him down. It's just so much fun. It is not only in the running for Best Card of the Set, it is one of my favorite customs that I have ever done. The Corporan is a really odd angle for a play at the plate. I don't know the actual outcome of that play, but I would guess that blocking the plate would have to be called, especially since the runner's head is in his lap. The Villar showcases one of favorite throwbacks, the rainbow jerseys from the 1970s. Some people have issues with them such as the number placement on the crotch and the ugliness factor, but I disagree. Those uniforms are fun and they have character which I will take over safe and boring any day. The Altuve is a really good double play card. Jose Altuve really doesn't take a bad picture. I think it is because his height means that images don't have to be shrunk as much and they retain the full value of the image. I went back and forth several times on #5 between the Buchanan and the Domingo Santana. I really like the scoreboard numbers on the Santana, but in the end I chose the more interesting (to me) Buchanan bullpen shot. I wonder what will be landing?
Coming Monday - #13 Detroit Tigers
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