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Mets Baseball Card of the Week: 2015 Topps Chrome Update Yoenis Cespedes

Yoenis Cespedes 2015 Topps Chrome Update baseball card from my collection

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.

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Latest Mets autograph collection update: Juan Lagares & Kevin Plawecki

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 2015 Topps "Career High" autograph card from my collection
Juan Lagares 2015 Topps “Career High” autograph card from my collection

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 2015 Topps Chrome autograph card from my collection
Kevin Plawecki 2015 Topps Chrome autograph card from my collection

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.

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I’m going to post some Mets baseball cards even though they’re not still playing

I’m still working on my 2014 Topps Heritage Mets team set, but I’m a bit closer to finishing it today thanks to a surprise envelope from Jeff of

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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.

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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.

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Late-season cardboard catch-up

Carlos Beltran 2011 Topps Update All-Star Game relic card from my collection

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.

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Tuesday Morning Roundup: Baseball card reviews, Mets history & indy league attendance numbers

Mariano Rivera
Mariano Rivera (Photo credit: Keith Allison)

Mariano Rivera set the all-time saves record yesterday afternoon, and I found out about it when Models and Steiner Sports emailed me about the souvenirs going on sale. I didn’t even realize the Yankees were playing a day game. (By the way, Steiner – what’s up with selling a commemorative baseball with a facsimile autograph for $50?)

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.

Since there’s no 2011 Mets game to talk about, how about some Mets history: Sports Illustrated went into the vault to show us some great photos from the 1986 World Series, while Greg Prince of Faith and Fear in Flushing recalled a less-illustrious era of Mets history – a sparsely-attended intrasquad game played at Shea Stadium in 1981 as the players prepared to return from a 7-week strike. (via Mets Police)

Or how about some baseball card reviews of sets I won’t be buying: Marie from A Cardboard Problem looks 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.

And since I know a few of my readers are into independent league attendance numbers, here are some figures compiled by Ballpark Digest2011 Independent Average Attendance by League ; 2011 Independent Attendance by Average.

So, are you still paying attention to the last nine games of the regular season? Or have you switched over to another sport?