2008 omaha royals team set review

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2008 Omaha Royals team set
Official Score – one out DOUBLE
Manufacturer: MultiAd Sports
Sponsor: Brad Williams Photography
Retail price: $ ??? Rosenblatt Stadium team shop, $12.00 secondary market
Checklist: 29 cards

1 – Luke Hochevar (p)
2 – Justin Annin (strength coach)
3 – Mike Aviles (inf)
4 – Terry Bradshaw (hitting coach)
5 – Brian Buchanan (of)
6 – Tom Burgmeier (pitching coach)
7 – Shane Costa (of)
8 – Kyle Davies (p)
9 – Brandon Duckworth (p)
10 – Damon Espino (c)
11 – Jeff Fulchino (p)
12 – Roberto Giron (p)
13 – Damon Hollins (of)
14 – Mike Jirschele (manager)
15 – Joel Peralta (p)
16 – Chris Lubanski (of)
17 – Tyler Lumsden (p)
18 – Mitch Maier (of)
19 – Dave Matranga (inf)
20 – Neal Musser (p)
21 – Brad Salmon (p)
22 – Ryan Shealy (1b)
23 – Jason Smith (inf)
24 – Mike Stodolka (1b)
25 – Matt Tupman (c)
26 – Drew Van Dam (trainer)
27 – Matt Wright (p)
28 – Casey, Herman the Nut & Spike (mascots)
29 – Angel Berroa (ss)

The Omaha Royals opted to take advantage of MultiAd’s unobtrusive (Style C) template in the creation of their team set this season. I am unquestionably a fan of this design as the greyscale cigar-band strip across the lower margin of the cards creates a great spot for the player and team names and logo. Also present are the player positions and numbers- that I suppose many fans like to see on the front of the cards. I could care less, as long as the data does not compete with the photograph.

At risk of sounding like a corrupt mp3 file, card thickness is typical for a minor league team set. Perhaps I would be better off saying “card thinness.” Surfaces have been covered with a clear coat that gives the cards a shine without the hassle of true gloss. The backs consist of two-color (black and blue) printing over white matte, player stats and short bios. Cropped greyscale photos of the players also are located on the backs of the cards.

Taking this team set and spreading it across my desk, the one card that immediately stands apart from the crowd is Kyle Davies. A fantastic photo that appears to have been shot in that magical hour when the lighting is perfect, Davies is captured in the middle of his delivery to the plate. The blue tarps covering the unused seating provides excellent contrast to Davies’ snow white uniform, while the orange and yellow seating at the top of the photo combine with the green grass to provide warmth to the photo.

Unfortunately, the warmth present in the Davies card does not continue through the entire set as many of the photos appear to either have been over exposed, or over manipulated in Photoshop. Luke Hochevar seems to have been singled out to have an absolutely terrible card. Seriously, they couldn’t find a photo of the number one pick from the 2006 draft that was in focus? Perhaps he wasn’t in Omaha long enough, but I find that difficult to believe. If you are wondering why I don’t include a scan of the card to support my claim, it is because I feel that Luke deserves better. If you want to see the card, order a team set from the Omaha Royals team shop.

Normally, I’m not a fan of cards of strength and/or conditioning coaches and trainers, but this offering of Justin Annin is deserving of a little cyberpress. When I saw the card initially, I assumed it was a gag card with Annin performing some sort of Dorf routine to make the guys laugh. Upon closer examination, I realized that A) I was mistaken, and B) I had no idea what was going on in the photo. Eventually I decided that C) it was none of my business, and that it would be best to just continue with my review as if nothing had happened. (Oh, and I love that the upper left corner of this card contains the word “internet.” If this card had a walk-up song, it would surely be Saga’s “The Runaway.”)

Shane Costa waits on a pitch in order to demonstrate that the use of light colored uniforms in front of a dark background can result in a pleasing image. With an attitude like that, I’m almost certain that he drove a scorching liner back through the middle of the field for an RBI single immediately after the camera shutter closed.

I particularly like this card of Mitch Maier as you can clearly see Nashville Sounds hitting coach Harry Spilman standing motionless in the visitors’ dugout- not breathing and hoping that Maier doesn’t deliver a monster homer over the right field fence.

Speaking of hitting…. I wouldn’t want to be sitting in the outfield grass not paying attention when Ryan Shealy warms up and begins launching bombs. If he can stay healthy, it is only a matter of time. Along with the following scans of cards of Damon Hollins and Jason Smith, this card demonstrates one of the weaknesses of this set… lack of variety in action. I’m assuming that we’ve all been to enough baseball games to know that many other interesting things happen besides pitchers getting ready to throw and batters waiting on a pitch to arrive. Each of the 11 pitchers included in the set are shown on the mound.

Not counting the six non-player cards, the only non-pitchers shown in anything other than the classic batting pose include catchers Matt Tupman and Damaso Espino- and infielder Mike Aviles who is shown in the process of making a play under the watchful eye of the GEICO gecko.

I’m sure that Omaha’s Rosenblatt Stadium is a beautiful ballpark. The 2009 team set would prove an excellent opportunity to show off the facility by including different parts of it in the background.

Subjectively yours,

– Kris

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One Response to “2008 omaha royals team set review”

  1. bradinomaha Says:

    Thanks for your Comments on my photos.

    I saw Hochevar on rainy overcast game. I just shot a quick pic thinking I would have one or two more opportunities to shoot a good photo. However he was called up before the next start and I was never able to shoot a good photo of him. With his future star status it was decided that a bad card was better than no card.

    As far as most of the players being in their traditional batting pose, that’s what they wanted.

    Thanks Again
    Brad

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