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Mets Baseball Cards of the Week: 2016 Topps Series 1 team set

This year’s Topps flagship set has been out for a couple of weeks now, and I finally got my Mets team set delivered this weekend. This is the first time Topps hasn’t used borders in the main set, and I don’t really miss them.

I’m less of a fan of the “smoke” effect and other digital “enhancements” to the the photos, but there’s got to be somebody out there who likes the style decision. At least Topps started out with a strong selection of photos.

Player selection was also pretty good – 11 of 13 individual cards depict players who are still Mets. Michael Cuddyer‘s retirement was a surprise decision, and Jon Niese was traded over the winter.

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Of the 14 Mets cards, I think David Wright‘s is my favorite.

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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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Spring Fever

David Wright's 2015 Topps Spring Fever baseball card
David Wright’s 2015 Topps Spring Fever baseball card

Topps released checklist information for this year’s Spring Fever promotion today. It’s a way to help participating retailers move more Series One baseball cards – if you spend $20 between February 10th and February 21st, you’ll get a redemption card for a free five-card pack of Spring Fever cards, which can be redeemed between February 22 and February 29.

This will be the first time players like Zack Greinke, David Price and Todd Frazier are pictured with their new teams.

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Let the 2016 baseball (card) season begin


Forget about the groundhog’s predictions… 2016 baseball cards have arrived, and that means baseball can’t be too far behind.

I’m not too thrilled with Topps’ marketing choice this year (outside of Washington Nationals fans and Topps executives, does anyone actually like Bryce Harper?) but we’ll be pitching those wrappers, so I guess it’s all good.

My first baseball card of the season?

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Weekend highlights: autograph events, SABR Day and a winter clothing drive

We’re still a few weeks away from the start of spring training, but there are a bunch of things that baseball fans can do this weekend to help forget that the calendar says it’s still winter.

Meet the 1986 Mets

Autographed 1988 Topps Dwight Gooden card from my collection
Autographed 1988 Topps Dwight Gooden card from my collection

The Steiner Sports Store is celebrating the 30th anniversary of the New York Mets’ 1986 World Series championship this weekend by having nearly all of the living members of the team sign autographs at The Steiner Sports Store at Roosevelt Field Mall in Garden City, New York.

The stars of that team – Doc Gooden, Darryl Strawberry and Keith Hernandez – will be there, of course. But what makes this special is that many of the lesser-known members of the team will also be there. So if you need people like Tim Corcoran and John Mitchell to finish off a team-signed item, this weekend is your chance to get it done. Autograph fees start at $20 per signature.

For tickets and more information, call 800-242-7139 or visit the Steiner Sports website.

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Spring Fever

David Wright's 2015 Topps Spring Fever baseball card
David Wright’s 2015 Topps Spring Fever baseball card

I was hoping for a different outcome to the World Series, but I’m not really going through baseball withdrawal yet. (That usually happens shortly after Christmas.)

But long before January, I hope to have the baseball cards that are now sitting on my desk squared away, so I’m going to show you this David Wright card now.

For the last few years, Topps has done a promotion with select hobby shops that lets customers get free “Spring Fever” baseball cards if they purchase a certain amount of Series 1 baseball cards. With no hobby shops in my area and little inclination to buy a bunch of packs, I end up resorting to eBay if there are any Mets included in the set. David Wright’s card cost me a dollar (including shipping.)