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2012 Topps Mets cards

David Wright's 2012 Topps mini card

I finished my 2012 Topps Series I Mets team set on Sunday, though I may still try to track down the gold parallel cards. (They remind me of the 1994 Score Gold Rush cards, which were fun to collect back then. So far, I’ve got Justin Turner so I just need 13 more ūüėČ )

I’m not crazy about the “surfboard” design Topps chose for this year, but it doesn’t really bother me. (Except for the players’ last names being printed in hard-to-read gold foil, that is.) I love the photography, though. Not every card has a great shot, but it looks like whoever was choosing photos made a conscious effort to look for ones from games where players were wearing retro uniforms or patriotic caps, and that helps them to stand out. And I love the decision to use so many victory celebration pictures.

The inserts are forgettable, except for the 1987-style mini cards. So I’m not going to bother about them.

Click “Read More” to see the rest of the 2012 Topps Series I Mets cards.

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Mike Carp’s tribute to Greg Halman, Mets prospects links & more 2012 Mets cards

We’re eight days from the start of spring training for the New York Mets, but the Seattle Mariners were the first team to officially report yesterday.

Former New York Mets farmhand Mike Carp distributed t-shirts to all of his teammates honoring the memory of outfielder Greg Halman, who was killed in November. According to Seattle Times reporter Geoff Baker, Carp is looking into ways to make the shirts available to the public with proceeds benefiting Halman’s family or a charity.

“We thought it might be a good idea to make them available in the team stores,” Carp said. “I’m going to go in (Sunday) and talk to the team about it. But I think it would be neat if we could come up with a way to sell them and use the money to help the (Halman) family or give it to charity. It would be a great tribute to him.”

Some other Sunday morning reading for you:

And since I gave in to temptation & picked up a $5 pack of 2012 Topps baseball cards when I was in Target on Saturday, here are the three newest Mets cards in my collection.


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Ten days til spring training: Trying (not very successfully) to accentuate the positive

We’re ten days from the official start of spring training for the New York Mets, and GM Sandy Alderson told the New York Post yesterday that his roster is “pretty much there.”¬† Now I could¬†point out the folly of going into the season with substantially the same team – minus Jose Reyes – that finished 4th with a 77-85 record in 2011, but spring training is a time for optimism.

2010 Topps National Chicle Josh Thole autograph card from my collection

So instead, let me point you toward a picture of Johan Santana working out in Port St. Lucie that the Mets posted to their Twitter account yesterday, and a Newsday story about how Josh Thole has been working to improve his defense. See? Positives.

And speaking of Twitter and Sandy Alderson, the Mets’ general manager now has an account: @MetsGM. He’s already shown that he has a sense of humor… let’s hope he’s prepared for interaction with Mets fans.

A pair of Mets minor leaguers – pitcher Scott Moviel and catcher Dock Doyle – were suspended for violating Minor League Baseball’s¬†Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. Neither was considered a big prospect at this stage of their careers, but Moviel was the team’s second round pick in 2007.

(The 2007 draft wasn’t a particularly good one — the Mets had five picks in the first 100. Eddie Kunz briefly pitched in the majors in 2008, but has been stuck in Double-A for the last two years. In 2011, he played for the San Antonio Missions in the San Diego farm system. Nathan Vineyard retired from baseball at age 19 after 11 pro games. Moviel has yet to move past the Single-A level and was 5-10 with a 5.10 ERA for the St. Lucie Mets in 2011. Brant Rustich has been plagued by arm issues, has not pitched above the Single-A level and did not pitch at all last season. Eric Niesen has spent the last three years at Double-A Binghamton. He struggled in his first full year as a reliever, posting an 0-5 record with a 7.94 ERA in 27 games.)

I know I have a few occasional readers with ties to the Binghamton, N.Y. area, so I thought I’d mention that ESPN New York’s Adam Rubin is again reporting rumors that the Binghamton Mets franchise could be moving to Ottawa, Canada.

Back to something fun, Corey Mansfield is creating a set of virtual 2012 Long Island Ducks baseball cards for his LI Ducks Blog. The latest creation? New York Mets fan-favorite Buddy Harrelson.

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Sunday morning roundup: Mets get Chipper-ed; Phils win another title & Rivera chases saves mark

The Mets lost another disappointing game to the Atlanta Braves yesterday, getting beaten 1-0 thanks to Chipper Jones yet again.

Tim Hudson didn't allow a run against the Mets on Saturday. (Photo credit: Paul Hadsall)

I’d like to give Tim Hudson credit for pitching a good game, but after watching the Mets’ offense look pathetic all week (except for Friday’s 20-hit game) I just don’t know how much he deserves.

R.A. Dickey pitched well again and ended up with a loss – he never seems to get any run support. However, he bears part of the responsibility for the team’s failure to score. Twice yesterday he came up in sacrifice situations; both times (including once with runners on first and second with none out), he failed to get the bunt down. This has become a pattern with the team – one that Terry Collins needs to address.

Meanwhile, the Philadelphia Phillies clinched their fifth consecutive division title and Mariano Rivera tied Trevor Hoffman for the all-time saves record. Now maybe it’s just me, but I’m surprised at how much less attention Rivera’s push towards the saves record is getting compared to Derek Jeter‘s 3000th hit chase. I’m not enamored with the saves stat, but I think an all-time record is more¬†significant¬†than reaching a plateau that 27 others have achieved before.

And the Phillies’ “2011 Playoffs” cap is ugly. Whatever happened to caps that actually said “Division Champion”?

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The magic had to run out sometime

signed R.A. Dickey 2011 Topps card from my collection

The Mets’ magic had to run out sometime, and it picked last night. R.A. Dickey struggled, Ruben Tejada didn’t slide and Bobby Parnell had another meltdown in the 9-5 loss to the Padres.

Oh, and Angel Pagan left the game with back spasms.

This is a game you want to forget if you’re a Mets fan.¬†Still, there were a few bright spots: Josh Thole had a four-hit night, Tejada had a pair of doubles and Nick Evans had a pinch-hit RBI double.

Meanwhile, in Trenton, Matt Harvey earned his second Double-A victory as the Binghamton Mets defeated the Thunder 9-3. Harvey allowed three runs on six hits over five innings while striking out six. Mike Ashmore has photos and video highlights from the game at his Thunder Thoughts blog.

I do believe the Mets have a bright future ahead of them; we just have to endure some more bumps in the road along the way.