Right now... Peter over at Baseball Every Night is using them for a contest over on his blog.
The challenge? Show off your favorite ugliest baseball card. Maybe it's the ugliest card design you've ever seen. Perhaps there's a card in you collection that's in such poor condition that you feel it's literally disgusting. Or maybe you have a card featuring one of those hideous futuristic "Turn Ahead the Clock" jerseys from 1999. It's up to you to define "ugly".
I had a few different ideas pop into my head, but I settled on this card:
Not sure what the heck this is? Here, let me rotate it and give you a different view:
Still unsure? Well it's a headless Kurt Suzuki Vancouver Canadians autographed card that's been chopped up and turned into a one of a kind cut signature by a company that may or may not have conducted business in their parent's garage.
This card is seriously an eye sore just like one of the ugly Christmas sweaters sitting in my closet waiting to be worn in a few weeks. And just like those Christmas sweaters... this card is treasured and loved.
It's hands down the ugliest Kurt Suzuki card in my collection, but I still love it. In fact in three days, it'll mark the 5 year anniversary of me spending $3.98 (99¢ + $2.99 shipping) of my hard earned money to add this card to my collection.
Happy Anniversary Headless Kurt! I love ya!
What about you...
Do you have a favorite ugly card?
If so, head over to Baseball Every Night and enter Peter's contest. The prize will be partially dependent on the number of entries he receives, however he guarantees that he'll spend at least $35.
Honestly... the true prize will be reading everyone's response posts.
Happy Saturday and sayonara!