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Winnings from Collector’s Crack “Almost the Easiest World Series Contest on the Web”

Last month, I entered the “Almost the Easiest World Series Contest on the Web” run by Mark at Collector’s Crack: Alaska’s #1 Sports Card and Collectibles Blog. Out of 43 entrants, I was the only one who correctly picked the San Francisco Giants as the winners of the 2014 World Series. (And that turned out to be a good thing, because I would have missed all the tie breakers.)

My prize arrived yesterday, complete with a certificate recognizing me as the grand prize winner.

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Baseball Card of the Day: 2014 Topps All-Star Fanfest Daniel Murphy

Topps produced a set of sixty-nine¬†10″ by 14″ prints of the Major League Baseball All-Stars this summer, which were limited to 99 copies each and sold through Topps.com for $34.99 a piece. At the All-Star Fan Fest in Minnesota, Topps sold smaller (5″ by 7″) versions that are not serial numbered.

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I learned about the All-Star Fanfest version while searching eBay for the Daniel Murphy All-Star cards in the Topps Update set. I picked up Murphy’s All-Star Fanfest card for $5.49 shipped. I’m not quite sure how the oversized blank-backed baseball card fits in my collection – if Murphy is still a Met next spring, maybe I’ll frame it and hang it on the wall.

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2014 Topps Update Mets inserts

Yesterday we looked at the Mets cards in the 2014 Topps Update base set. Today it’s time to focus on the inserts.

All-Star Stitches is my favorite long-standing insert found in Topps Update because it’s the last relic card that actually makes any kind of claim about what game or event that the relic it contains is from. The Mets had one All-Star representative this year, and it was Daniel Murphy. There are versions of his card with red and blue jersey material swatches… since they were relatively inexpensive, I picked up one of each.

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There are also a few more limited All-Star Stitches cards featuring Murphy: a gold parallel serial numbered to 50, a unique platinum parallel, a jumbo patch card serial numbered to 6, and a combo card featuring jersey swatches from both Murphy and Derek Jeter serial numbered to 25.

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2014 Topps Update Mets baseball cards

It’s been a few weeks since Topps Update came out. In one sense, Topps did a nice job with their selection of Mets players – six of the nine had not appeared on a regularly-issued baseball card as a Met before. In another way, the player choice was terrible – just three of the nine are still part of the Mets’ organization.

Here’s a look at the Mets cards in the Topps Update base set:

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A busy trade deadline for some, a quiet one for the Mets – and that’s ok

baseballsYesterday’s trade deadline was busier than I expected, with both the Oakland Athletics and Detroit Tigers adding ace-level pitchers to their starting rotations and a total of 37 players changing teams.

The New York Mets’ only move? Optioning catcher Taylor Teagarden to the Las Vegas 51s.

I’m ok with that, though it became apparent through conversations with friends and acquaintances that not all Mets fans feel the same way.

The Mets are not in a pennant race, no matter how much SNY wants you to believe that they are. It’s silly to even look at the standings when your team’s record is still four games under the .500 mark, but let’s recognize that the Mets are in fourth place in the National League East, seven games behind the Washington Nationals. They are 5.5 games off the pace for the second wild card spot, with three teams between them and the St. Louis Cardinals and Atlanta Braves, who open the day in a virtual tie for it.

Does this mean Mets players should give up? Of course not – keep winning games, and you never know what might happen. But the odds are against them and this front office is smart enough to recognize that.

Former Mets GM Jim Duquette is still vilified for trading Scott Kazmir for Victor Zambrano and Bartolome Fortunato (and Ty Wiggingon & Jose Bautista for Kris Benson and Jeff Keppinger) at the trade deadline in 2004. That Mets squad had a 49-54 record on July 31st and was in fourth place, eight games behind the Atlanta Braves and 8.5 games off the wild card pace with eight other teams in front of them.

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