Things have changed a bit this year. When it comes to getting baseball cards, I used to rely on pictures from each of the affiliate websites. Now, each affiliate is using their own system of publishing pictures in addition to their regular news feeds. Iowa has been using a FLICKR account for a couple of years now. Myrtle Beach uses Dropbox and I rely on Rick Carlson for extra South Bend snapshots. When Eugene begins in two weeks, they use Facebook to publish game photos. John Arguello and Bill Mitchell do Mesa and the DSL is not covered. Still, I think the quality of photographs has been outstanding this year. There were some quality cards made this May. In fact, there were so many excellent cards that I am including some honorable mentions for this month.
These three are in no particular order. I love how the light accentuates the upper part of the picture and contrasts with Oscar. In the second picture, Justin Steele’s five-point spread takes up the whole picture in his alternate dark blue jersey, which I love. In Rikk Carlson’s 1984 double whammy of DJ Wilson, you get a pretty good luck at 2/3 of his game. If only I could’ve fit in him diving for a catch, I would have the whole arsenal.
It is rare to get a picture of a Pelican player in an away jersey. This filtered shot of Daniel Spingola fits perfectly in a 1982 frame. Meanwhile, Rikk Carlson captures all the intensity of Tyson Miller after he has released a pitch. When Rick first sent me the picture, I thought it was going to be number one for the month. I just love the light bouncing off the uniform. As for number eight, the blue of the Iowa Cubs uniform matches perfectly with the shade of blue in the 1985 Topps card. Taken by Dylan Heuer, I also love how the background is blurry and how Chesney is accentuated in this action shot.
Of the top seven cards, at one point I thought they were all going to be number one. They all have elements of being number one type cards. I just love watching Zack Short play and that’s why I might be a little biased at selecting his picture by Rikk Carlson at number seven. At number six, I love the close-up by Larry Kave of Oscar right before he delivers the pitch. At number five, DJ Wilson’s close up is about as good as it gets as the three blues meld together with his sunglasses that steal the photo..
The top four cards easily set themselves apart from the rest. Larry Kave expertly captured the intensity of Eloi as he awaits to pitch in number four. Rikk’s Photo of Duncan Robinson and his Memorial Day uniform caught my eye is it blended with the colors on his hat. The Tennessee Smokies captured Duane Underwood bathing in the sunset is he threw to the plate. I love how the red sticks out as well his his arm extension is parallel to the dirt. The law of thirds is perfectly followed from top to bottom as it goes grass, dirt, then grass again.
For the second month in a row, a card of Trevor Clifton gets Card of the Month. While it is an accident that it is him, there’s just something about the intensity of the picture by MiLB.com/Brian McLeod. In photographic terms, the blue and red really stand out and contrast each other well Trevor’s actions are quite intense as he gets ready to throw a curve or slider based on his grip. Besides his eyes, if you look closely, you can see his lips are as fierce as can be. I don’t think Trevor wants to be known for that, but it really makes the picture stand out from all the other ones this month.