Friday, January 6, 2017

Countdown to 2017 Topps #26: In a Flash

Every young football fan has dreamed of catching (or throwing) the touchdown that wins the Super Bowl; likewise, every young baseball fan has dreamed of hitting a home run to win the World Series. But do many kids dream of catching the final out of a no-hitter, or the final out of the World Series? Perhaps, but I've never heard of any. One thing I do know: we're twenty-six days from the street date for 2017 Topps Series 1.

I don't know if I will ever grow tired of baseball cards that feature shots of Spring Training facilities. Maybe that's because they paint a picture of such crowd, no crowd noise - just a player who is focused on that which is before him. It's as if time is standing still. And then...the sound of the shutter and the moment is gone, forever. Or at least until the film is processed. Thank you, Mr. Grissom. Next.

I have never had the opportunity to make a big play in a big game, in front of a big crowd, but I can imagine that, to those who have, it's as if time has frozen. Track down the fly ball. Watch, as ball lands in mitt. Game over. And then, like rushing waves: El Presidente; el perfecto!  Or, Yes! Yes! Yes! The Atlanta Braves have given you a championship! Listen to this crowd!

Neither catch was anything spectacular, just routine fly balls. But they were plays that were made in a moment of time and captured on film (and audio), cementing Marquis' place in Cooperstown.


  1. As a photographer, I'm more inclined to dreaming about taking the photo of the winning touchdown or hit. It's not uncommon for me to look through Sports Illustrated and ponder how I would have done it differently.

    1. Interesting comment. Never thought of it from a photographer's perspective!