Tuesday, April 21, 2020

DB Bracker: Final 4

Welcome to the Final 4 and the fourth post of our Dime Box Bracket. Today we reveal the winners of each region.

  • In the NL Region, #1 Kingman defeated the #9 seeded 1981 TCMA Billy Williams by the score of 8 to 5. 
  • In the Central, the #5 seed Holiday Contreras is proving to be a favorite as it toppled the #13 ranked 2020 Baez Sticker, 8 to 5.
  • On the other side of the bracket, the #1 seed, also a Willson Contreras card, held serve in the East Region and denied the 2019 Topps Magazine Rizzo insert. The score of this match-up was also 8 to 5. 
  • Punching their ticket in the Cactus Region, was the #6 seeded Dawson, which ousted the #3 seeded Panini Ferguson Jenkins, 7 to 6. By way of seeds, this was an upset, but I think there are many purists out there who were shocked a logo-less card could be awarded a #3 seed. 

Once a gain, a big thank you to Nick for providing the cards in this mini-series. It's been fun crafting these posts and a pleasure to see the votes stream in.

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Please leave a comment with your votes below, which only needs to include the player name, but I do appreciate your extra thoughts!  Remember, each time you vote you'll gain an entry for a PWE of cards.

The Final 4

Match-up #13
#1 seed - 1981 Topps Baseball Scratch-Off, Dave Kingman, #69
#5 seed - 2019 Topps Holiday, Willson Contreras, #HW64

Commentary: Nearly four decades separate these two cards and the differences don't stop there. Plain design versus intricate. Posed picture versus in-game. Mustached versus full catcher's gear.
There's a lot to like on both sides of the table in this one. 

Match up #14
#2 seed - 2020 Topps S1 Turkey Red, Willson Contreras, #TR-19
#6 seed - 2005 Topps All-Time Fan Favorites, Andre Dawson, #36

 Commentary: Both of these cards pay homage to a previous design. Turkey Red is known for it's simplistic border and name plate, but I absolutely adore the backgrounds and how they make the players pop. 1990 Topps was right in the middle of the Junk Wax Era, but it's design reminds me a little of 2015 Topps with the dots in the border and 2020 Topps with the geometric shapes, especially the name plate. Contreras is a fan favorite in Chicago these days, but The Hawk owned Wrigley in 1987. I can still picture the RF bleacher bums bowing to Dawson after he clubbed a homer. Good times.

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Thanks again for playing along!