This week’s featured Mets baseball card is a 2015 Topps Chrome Update card of Yoenis Cespedes.
I am in the minority of baseball card collectors that has absolutely no use for Topps Chrome – why should anyone pay more for a card that’s exactly the same as one they already have, just because it’s on flashy cardstock?
This card ended up in my collection by mistake – I was hoping to find a Cespedes Mets card that I could mail to him this spring to take a chance and see if I could get his autograph. It’s really not suitable for that, but a flashy baseball card does seem suitable for a flashy guy like Cespedes.
Here’s hoping he has enough magic to bring the Mets to the playoffs again in 2016.
The weather did not cooperate last night, so the Mets’ game I had tickets for got rained out. I will have to exchange those tickets for a game next April since I can’t make it to today’s doubleheader.
But on the bright side, I was able to add a couple of new cards to my Mets autograph collection via eBay purchases.
Juan Lagares had certified autographs in a few different Topps sets this year following his gold glove season in 2014. This one, a “Career High” insert from Topps Series 1, is probably my least favorite … but the price was right. And Lagares has a nice autograph. Hopefully he will find a way to contribute during the playoffs and have a more productive year in 2016.
Kevin Plawecki started 65 games for the Mets in 2015, more than the team’s number one catcher Travis d’Arnaud. And he had a solid season for a rookie catcher. Plawecki’s rookie autograph card from this year’s Topps Chrome was another nice pickup for a low price…probably because it’s not of much interest to many people other than Mets fans.
By my latest count, I have autographed baseball cards for 913 of the 1,007 players in Mets history.
I was probably annoyed to see Johan Santana on the checklist this spring – he hasn’t pitched in the major leagues since 2012 and he’d signed a minor league deal with the Baltimore Orioles right around the time Heritage came out. Now, it could be Santana’s last baseball card (well, until Topps signs a contract to include him as an “all-time great” or “fan favorite”). Seems fitting to have a portrait photo with Santana smiling and a stat-filled card back with the “complete major league pitching record” of his great career.
Hopefully David Wright will have more to smile about next season. This is the more common of two photo variations on Wright’s card #284. I should have the other one by the end of the week, too.
I can’t keep up with all of the Topps baseball card releases these days. Over at the Detroit Tigers baseball card blog Grand Cards, Dan broke down the card company’s release schedule – since the beginning of September, there’s been a new baseball card product every week.
We’ve seen Topps Chrome, Topps Marquee, Topps Heritage Minor League Edition, Topps Triple Threads, Topps Update, Topps Finest and Bowman Chrome, all since Labor Day. I think we finally get a break this week.
I don’t know if Topps is misjudging customer demand – I’m largely done as a major buyer of unopened products, but I did purchase singles and sets for two of the seven releases and definitely would have ignored two others regardless of the release schedule. However, since I can’t even picture what a Topps Marquee card looks like, Dan may have a point.
I’ve written about Heritage Minor League Edition, Triple Threads and Update before. Let’s see the other four products have to offer.
The Mets were off on Monday. They begin a three-game series against the St. Louis Cardinals tonight, their final road games of the 2011 season. These will actually be big games – Atlanta’s wild card lead is down to just 2.5 games over St. Louis, and San Francisco is 3.5 games behind. I’d love to see the Mets knock out the Cardinals so the Giants could swoop in, take the wild card and give me a team to root for in the playoffs instead of another one to root against.
Or how about some baseball card reviews of sets I won’t be buying: Marie from A Cardboard Problemlooks at Topps Chrome, while Sam from the Daily Dimwit shows us some Topps Marquee cards. I know many collectors like the flash of Topps Chrome, but after I bought some Topps Series I cards, less Topps Series II cards, way too many Topps Opening Day cards (because they’re cheap and I’m still working on the mascots insert set) and even a few Pro Debut cards, I’ve had enough of the design. Marquee is just well out of my price comfort zone.