Saturday, May 18, 2019

topps now done correctly

i settled in to watch the dodgers take on the reds on april 15, 2019 which was jackie robinson day. i knew that there would likely be a generic "players wear 42" card issued by topps the following day, and i knew that i would likely ignore that card as i had done the past couple of years.  not too far in to the game, i knew that there would be another topps now card offered on april 16th as yasiel puig took clayton kershaw deep in the top of the 1st inning in his first at bat at dodger stadium as a visiting player.  it's just the type of backstoried event that fuels a large part of the topps now engine.

sure enough, topps posted the following image on their website the next day.
except they referred to dodger stadium as "dodgers stadium".  that's poor copy.  still, the puig fit in to my '42' collection, as well as my dodger (not dodgers) stadium collection, so i bought 2 of the card from a secondary seller.

you may recall that the very first year topps now was issued, there was a lawsuit filed by a guy who had bought a card because the prototype version on the website showed an error of some sort, but the card he received did not, as the error was corrected prior to printing. in this case, i was very pleased to see that the text had been corrected on the printed version of the card:
so, one card for my dodger stadium collection, and one card for my 42 collection. i will admit that i considered at one point a few years ago of starting a 'bat flip' collection (i wound up not going that route), and this card would have fit nicely into that one as well.

there was another moment from that game worthy of a topps now card thanks to joc pederson's heroics in the bottom of the 9th:
i purchased two copies of this card as well, although it would fit in four of my collections.  the first copy goes to my dodger collection, and the second could go in my dodger stadium collection, my 42 collection, or my memorial patch collection.  heck, the card could even go in the lurker collection as tommy lasorda is sitting there in the background.  anyway, since the photo shows the don newcombe memorial patch on joc's left sleeve instead of the right sleeve where it normally is displayed (it was displaced for this game by the jackie robinson patch on the right sleeve), i'll probably put the second copy in my memorial patch binder.

i did find a duplicate of a different card of joc to put in the dodger stadium binder from a pack of 2019 topps big league
i mentioned in my last post that there are a few really nice cards that feature dodger stadium in this release, but this is not one of them.  still, in to the collection it goes.  i also found a card for my double play collection in one of the packs i opened
too bad it's a shot taken in miller park.


  1. these cards make Big League look dollar worthy...then I remember the short prints.

  2. lol. glad to hear you're not gonna file a lawsuit against topps.