As I am sure you have all seen, Chris over @ Stale Gum has posted the categories for the Gummie Awards! Chris has made it clear, these are to all be for baseball cards, and these are not the final ballots - just nominations from his readers. Now if you don't see a nomination next to the topic - that means I don't really have an opinion. Here are my 2 cents.
Product of the Year - Alan and Ginter - Now while this was not my personal favorite - that will be discussed later, I do think that this product does indeed have it all - good size base set w/ decent checklist - great design (even though they did little to change it) - a fair amount of attainable short prints, and great inserts from world leaders, to autos and relics.
Card of the Year - Topps Stadium Club Jackie Robinson base- beautiful card of one of the most iconic ball players ever
Rookie Card of the Year - Evan Longoria, Topps - yes - Topps sucked this year - it usually does - however its hard to foresee that in 20 years - if all the rookies that had hall of fame or great careers starting 2008, I bet you that the Topps cards end up the most iconic. They have the history,
Best Base Set - Upper Deck - Great, simple full bleed design - checklist by team - looks great in a binder - love it to death.
Best Insert Set - Topps trading card history - flexing the little muscle they have left
Best Autogamer Set - Stadium Club Beam Team Autos - beautiful - that's all you can say
Best Retro Themed Product - Goudey - I would have said Heritage, but the High Numbers product has not impressed me, and I just cant get fully into A & G even though I know its a fantastic set
Best Hobby Idea/Innovation - Stadium Club Beam Team autos - nothing else like them this year and DNA cards creep the fuck out of me.
Worst Overall Product - Artifacts - The one thing that made X look nice.
Worst Base Set - UD Heroes - Ian Kennedy is not a hero - too many of these players are not heroes - I get it - I am collecting the set - but that's because of $15 blasters - they really blew this one
Most Meaningless Product - UD X - If we wanted gaudy cards, we'd buy late 90s boxes on ebay
Most Disappointing Product - Heritage - High Numbers blew it -but at least I'm close to finishing the set!
Worst Insert Set - Mickey Mantle / Yankee Stadium Legacy - I'm sick of the fucking Yankess - these cards suck. If you had told me when I was 10 I'd be annoyed with having a stack of Mickey Mantle cards, I would have spit in your drink. Now, I need one
Worst Gimmick - Topps - all of them
Best Cardblog (You can't vote for your own!) CardboardJunkie - If I only have a change to read one blog a day - Dayf it is.
Best Hobby News Source (Again, you can't vote for own.) Handcollated - Hat Tip to Wax Heaven - it was almost you -
Hobby MVP - Evan Longoria
Hobby ROY - Evan Longoria
Hobby Top Prospect David Price - Next years rookie of the year
Jefferson Burdick Award for Contributions to The Hobby (this goes to a person) - Mario Alejandro @ Wax Heaven - Putting muscle and legitimacy to the blogging world.
Well, There's my thoughts - what are yours? let me know if you agree, disagree - so on so forth