Seemed like a good idea at the time…

February 16, 2008

Upper Deck has released a series of eight cards called the Presidential Predictors which will be distributed along with their 2008 baseball cards, one for every eight packs. You may have been reading about this today like I have. The one that seems to be getting the most press depicts Hillary Clinton as Morgana the Kissing Bandit. Remember her? This would not be a comparison I would have come to easily. Well really, I never would have gotten there at all. Upper Deck’s public relations manager indicated that the set was to be “light and humorous”, but at the last minute “there was a concern about having the card misconstrued as being in poor taste.” As a result, employees began manually pulling the cards from the assembly line. Not quick enough though, since you can already find it on ebay. The card will be replaced with a new design for release in May. I wonder if she will be around that long.

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I’m not a Hillary fan, but have to agree that this is nowhere near tasteful. At least not when compared to the others in the series. Mitt Romney is seen as Carlton Fisk in the 1975 World Series. John McCain is compared to Ted Williams. Quite a different portrayal, wouldn’t you say?

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Obama’s card is the one that caught my eye. Not because of the toothy smile, but because of the position of his hand in relation to the baseball and the outstretched mitt. Do any of you remember Steve Bartman* from Game 6 of the 2003 National League Championship Series between the Cubs and the Marlins? Maybe it’s just etched in my mind being so close to the Windy City, and the daughter of a die-hard Cubs fan. Giuliani’s is similar.

Edit: *Guess I wasn’t the only one who saw the resemblance.

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Edwards is Moonlight Graham, depicted in that tear-jerker of a scene in Field of Dreams. And Huckabee is nowhere to be found. Ah, well. It’s all “light and humorous”. Right? Who do you think Upper Deck would predict our next President to be?

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3 Responses to “Seemed like a good idea at the time…”

  1. coffeypot Says:

    The shape of Hitlery’s mouth made me think she was trying to show Monica how to receive Bill without losing a drop. And McCain is in no league with Ted Williams. Ted, a Marine fighter pilot, flew in WWII, Korea and Viet Nam. He’s a true hero!

  2. daddy d Says:

    The Obama card does have that Cubs look to it. Wow. What kind of meaning is there in that? One could come up with something, but then this does mean that which has this side bar and then anything results.

  3. H.A. Page Says:

    Isn’t it interesting how we create images of the people and how certain traits become iconographic?


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