The exact same thing can be said for my favorite non-sport cards. Earlier in the month, Billy over at Cardboard History ranked his favorite non-sport sets which inspired me to look into my collection and pick out some of my personal favorites.
After sifting through tons of scans and past posts, I came up with eighteen cards that were considered candidates. This process also gave me a deeper appreciation of Billy's posts, because it wasn't a very easy task.
I decided to tweak and simplify things a little bit and focus on specific cards instead of actual sets. I also quickly realized that it was very, very difficult to rank all eighteen of them, because I kept shifting the order every time I looked over the scans.
That's why I'm going to take the easy way out and only rank my Top 10 and list 8 honorable mentions. C'mon it's the start of the second semester, I have 160+ new students, and I just wrapped up my 2nd Quarter grades. Maybe this summer I'll come back and revise this post.
Until then... here are my Top 10 favorite non-sport cards:
#10: 2008 Topps Campaign #C08-BO
I don't even need to travel down the political path to appreciate this card. Our first African American president standing in front of The United States flag speaks for itself.
#9: 2012 Allen and Ginter Framed Mini Relic #AGR-KU
Of course Kate's relic card is going to make the Top 10. Six year's later, she's still as voluptuous as ever.
#8: 2010 Marvel Heroes and Villains Sketch Card #NNO
I'm not a big fan of Captain America or the Red Skull, but this is the coolest sketch card in my collection.
#7: 2009 Topps Heritage Heroes of Spaceflight #SSC3
I'm a product of the 80's, which means I grew up in an era when they'd televise all of the space shuttle launches and it was super exciting. This card reminds me of those days.
#6: 1961 Topps Sports Cars #43
A vintage card of my vintage dream car. The only problem is this card looks so good, I feel guilty about leaving it out of my Top 5.
#5: 1966 Topps Batman Black Bat #3
I have a deep appreciation of artwork... which will become apparent as I reveal my final five. If DC and/or Topps were smart, they'd turn this card into a poster. It'd look amazing hanging up in my classroom.
#4: 1956 Topps Flags of the World #1
Old Glory makes another appearance on this list... and she looks marvelous. Seeing Mount Rushmore and The Statue of Liberty painted in the background doesn't hurt.
#3: 1967 Henerle #110
There are so many cool things about this card. It's a vintage German trading card. It features the first photograph of Earth from the moon's orbit. And it was a generous gift from SumoMenkoMan. This card is definitely a treasured piece of my non-sport card collection.
#2: 2002 Artbox Spider-Man Filmcardz Autograph #A11
Without Stan Lee, the world would be without The Fantastic Four, Hulk, the X-Men, Iron Man, Thor, and Spider-Man. Can't even begin to imagine how many hours of entertainment he's provided for comic book enthusiasts and people who enjoy all of the awesome Marvel movies.
Sketch cards. Relics. Holograms. DJ Kitten. And a Doctor. There's a lot of variety on my list of honorable mentions.
And now... for the moment of truth... here's my favorite non-sport card sitting in my collection. Drum roll please...
The Stan Lee autograph almost landed in this spot, but I decided to go with this card at the last moment, because it features museum quality artwork, it represents my family's heritage, and it's one of the oldest cards in my collection.
Okay, you know the routine. It's your turn...
Do you collect non-sport cards? Do you have a personal favorite?
As usual... I look forward to reading your responses. Happy Thursday and sayonara!