8) 2009 Upper Deck #855 Ken Griffey, Jr. "20X"
The classic late-'00s gimmick: Make 20 different versions of the same Ken Griffey, Jr. card and not bother to tell anyone in The Hobby. Then, after a few weeks, issue a condescending press released confirming a gimmick that no one gave a shit about.
9) 2007 Topps Alex Rodriguez Road to 500
The gimmick that just won't go away. 500 different A-Rod cards, that ALL LOOK EXACTLY THE SAME!
1) 2008 Topps #FS1 Kazuo Uzuki
Was anyone actually dumb enough to be fooled by this? A 20-something Chinese-American law student being passed off by Topps as a 16-year-old Japanese pitcher. Never mind the latent racism, WHAT THE FUCK WERE THEY THINKING?
16) 1994 Score Rookie/Traded September Call-Up Redemption Card
To be fair, Score didn't anticipate the 1994 strike. Then again, collectors didn't anticipate that Score would fulfill this redemption with a card of Alex Rodriguez either.
5) 2010 Topps Yankee-Pie-In-The-Face
Could Topps get any lower than this? Sadly, no. (see the #2 seed in the Berger Region) And, surprise, surprise, they're all Yankees. IT'S YAN-KAKKE!
12) 2001 Donruss "1999" & "2000" Retroactive
A one-card "pack" in the middle of another pack. Didn't Donruss realize just how difficult it would be for collectors to open a one-card pack and NOT damage the card inside?
4) 2008 Topps Updates & Highlights "Upside-Down" Longoria, Bruce, and Fukudome
After Poley Walnuts, Kazuo Uzuki, Rudy the Red Sox, and the Great KosFu Series Two Scandal (See the #9 in the Berger Region), Topps had conditioned The Hobby to expect some kind of gimmick for '08 TU&H. Instead, they just phoned it in with this unimaginative, and pretty cynical, gimmick.
13) 1992-93 Triple Play
Triple Play may have done more to get kids OUT of The Hobby than video games, Pokemon, Yu-Gi-Oh!, and iPods ever have.
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