Who knew Upper Deck's Obama-McCain Predictor card would be so economically accurate?

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With the second of three Presidential debates between Democrat Barack Obama and Republican John McCain tonight in Nashville and the economy in turmoil, it’s interesting that an Upper Deck Presidential Predictor baseball card released earlier this year could be so poignant.

Examine the back of card No. PP-13 in the Predictor “Issues” set (from Upper Deck Baseball Series II), which focuses on the economy:

“It’s that time again, folks – the battle of Blue versus Red. Just like the epic rivalry between the Yankees and Red Sox, Barack Obama and John McCain have the same goal in mind -– saving jobs for American families -– but have distinct views on how best to do it. McCain comes in from right field with calls to lower taxes and reward individual enterprise -– and is hesitant to bail out those who took risks in the mortgage debacle. Playing from the left side of the infield, Obama wants to protect workers’ rights, raise minimum wage and cut taxes mainly for the middle class. In the mortgage crisis, he wants Uncle Sam to help low-income people keep homes that are at risk.”

Click on the thumbnail of the card to see for yourself.

Chris Olds has collected sports cards and memorabilia since 1987. Before coming to Beckett Media, he wrote about the hobby for the Orlando Sentinel on his blog, SportsStuff, and for the San Antonio Express-News and The Tuscaloosa (Ala.) News. Do you have a comment, question or idea? Send e-mail to him at colds@beckett.com.

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