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Baseball Card of the Day: 2013 Allen & Ginter Across the Years R.A. Dickey

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Toronto Blue Jays pitcher R.A. Dickey is celebrating his 40th birthday today, a fact noted on his “Across the Years” insert card from the 2013 Allen & Ginter baseball card set.

Celebrities sharing Dickey’s birthday include actors Bela Lugosi and Winona Ryder, astronomer Edmund Halley, former New York Ranger Mike Gartner and Dan Castellaneta, who is identified as “Homer Simpson’s voice” on the back of the card. Also celebrating a birthday today are current Mets’ pitcher Dana Eveland and former Mets outfielder Karim Garcia.

Dickey became one of my favorite New York Mets players in 2011 and his Cy Young Award-winning performance was the highlight of 2012 for Mets fans. Since being traded to Toronto, Dickey has gone back to being a mid-rotation innings eater rather than a true ace. He finished 2014 with a 14-13 record and a 3.71 ERA in 215.2 innings, very solid numbers.

The Blue Jays could decide to deal Dickey this winter – he’s in the last year of his current contract, which will pay him $12 million in 2015, but the team does hold a $12 million option for 2016. Wherever he ends up, I hope he continues to enjoy success and I will keep rooting for him.

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Crossing off a few cards

Marc, who runs the Astros-centric blog Remember the Astrodome, offered to send me a couple of baseball cards from my wantlists last week. In return, I knocked a bunch of cards off of his 1980s Astros wantlists.

Wilfredo Tovar's 2014 Topps Heritage card (from my collection)
Wilfredo Tovar’s 2014 Topps Heritage card

Until I opened Marc’s envelope, I’d forgotten that I never finished this year’s Topps Heritage Mets team set… only nine more regular cards and three shortprints to go.

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Topps not seeing stars on this year’s Mets team

It’s becoming clear that Topps now thinks of the New York Mets as a second-tier team.

I'm pretty sure R.A. Dickey is a better choice for a spot in a baseball card set than Jason Bay in 2012, but Topps does not agree.

While there are 13 Mets cards in the 33o-card Topps Series 1 (14 if you count the National League Batting Leaders card), there are only three in the 220-card Topps Opening Day set that just came out (175 Jason Bay, 187 David Wright and 195 Ike Davis).

To compare, there are five Pittsburgh Pirates in the Opening Day set (17 Pedro Alvarez, 34 James McDonald, 144 Andrew McCutchen, 152 Neil Walker, 168 Jose Tabata and 193 Casey McGhee).

The Mets fare better in Topps Heritage, out this week, where they have at least 15 cards in the 500-card set:

1 NL Batting Leaders – Reyes, Braun, Kemp, Pence, Votto
27 Josh Thole
59 R.A. Dickey
78 Daniel Murphy
93 Johan Santana
107 Ruben Tejada
112 Mets – Team Card
191 Rookie Stars (Hendriks, Liddi, Moore & Schwinden)
204 Chris Schwinden
228 Rookie Stars (Hagadone, Satin, Hughes, Benson)
233 Terry Colins – Mgr
245 Lucas Duda
292 Justin Turner
363 Rookie Stars (Dominguez, Schwinden, Savery & Peacock)
426 Frank Francisco
436 Ike Davis
467 David Wright
475 Jason Bay

But then according to a preliminary checklist for this summer’s 350-card Allen & Ginter set, there are only five Mets cards to look forward to: 114 Johan Santana, 121 David Wright, 163 Tom Seaver, 164 Ike Davis, and 191 Jason Bay.

I can’t exactly argue that Topps is neglecting a lot of players with star power, but it does look like I’ll be saving money that I might otherwise have been tempted to spend on 2012 baseball cards this summer.

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Mets Baseball Card Notebook: 2012 Topps checklist info

It’s still the middle of winter, according to the calendar, but  2012 baseball cards are just around the corner. Sports Collectors Daily shared the checklist for the 2012 Topps series one set last week. Here’s a look at what Mets fans can look forward to when the cards arrive on February 2nd.

  • 24 Ike Davis
  • 49 Jon Niese
  • 83 Bobby Parnell
  • 128 Lucas Duda
  • 163 Justin Turner
  • 177 Josh Thole
  • 181 National League Batting Average Leaders (Jose Reyes/Ryan Braun/Matt Kemp)
  • 191 Angel Pagan
  • 214 Mike Pelfrey
  • 240 David Wright
  • 251 Jason Bay
  • 279 R.A. Dickey
  • 323 Jason Isringhausen
  • 325 Chris Schwinden

It’s unfortunate that Angel Pagan was included in Series One, but at least the checklist planners held out Jose Reyes for Series Two.

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(Not) Great Moments in Baseball Card Photography: 2011 Allen & Ginter Mets

This year’s Allen & Ginter includes some great baseball cards. It also includes plenty that make me wonder what the photo editor was thinking.

Josh Thole's 2011 Allen & Ginter card

Photographer (just before snapping photo): As R.A. Dickey‘s personal catcher, I bet you’re going to lead the league in passed balls

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