sure, a topps now card of the dodgers celebrating a world series championship would have been great, but i was very happy to pick up the card documenting their advancement to the fall classic.
and then there was this card
still, i think my favorite card issued this past year is this one from topps update
for the record, steve garvey did have a few cards issued by topps this year (although only the tribute autos were not buybacks of some sorts). he also had this card included in the expansive san diego padres trader jack sga,
thanks to p-town tom for hosting this contest again this year, and here's hoping that scully will make the 2018 topps first pitch insert set!
Sunday, December 31, 2017
Tuesday, December 26, 2017
rob tied our collecting habits together by sending me copies of the infield's statis pro cards from the 1984 season.
a quick look at these and the wikipedia site for statis pro tells me that steve garvey is not likely to miss many games (his consecutive game streak ended in 1983, otherwise i assume his "inj" rating would be 0), ron cey is the only one likely to be hit by a pitch, bill russell is the better bunter, and davey lopes is the better base stealer. at closer inspection, i also see that the garv would never walk in this game. this is very realistic, as garvey didn't walk much. in fact, i think that his inability to take a walk (he took the free, non-intentional pass only 366 times in his career) is one of the things keeping him out of the hall of fame. 172 more walks instead of outs (lay off that slider down and away, please) would have netted him a .300 career average and boosted his obp to .348. that's just 10 more walks per season, on average. in the end, as much as i want to see garvey in the hall (and i think he should be in), he just made too many outs for him to be a more obvious choice to the people who matter. we'll see if anything changes in three years when he is eligible for consideration by the modern committee again.
rob included some real cards in the package - there were these two relic cards from 2002 upper deck world series heroes featuring davey lopes and bill russell
Monday, December 25, 2017
thanks jon! i put a couple of cards from your want lists in the mail (sorry, no buybacks this time). thank you and merry christmas to all!