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Mets baseball cards, from Tom Seaver to Zack Wheeler

I want to thank Geof for surprising me with these Mets baseball cards (and a Mets windbreaker.) They brightened my day, and are giving me something to talk about besides last night’s discouraging loss to the Brewers.

 

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How can you go wrong with Tom Seaver? (I haven’t bought any Gypsy Queen cards this year – is this a parallel or did they go black & white with the set?) Continue reading “Mets baseball cards, from Tom Seaver to Zack Wheeler”

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Mets show off firefighter Zack Wheeler bobblehead

The New York Mets unveiled this image of a special Zack Wheeler bobblehead that will be given away on Saturday, June 14th to fans who purchase tickets for Firefighter Appreciation Night. Tickets are available in the Promenade for $35 and at field level for $65. See mets.com/fire for additional details.

This would be a perfect companion to the Dillon Gee firefighter bobblehead that the Brooklyn Cyclones gave away a couple of years ago.

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2013 Bowman Draft Picks & Prospects Mets checklist

Dominic Smith's 2013 Bowman Draft Picks & Prospects baseball card (from my collection)
Dominic Smith’s 2013 Bowman Draft Picks & Prospects baseball card (from my collection)

I more or less overlooked Topps’ annual Bowman Draft Picks & Prospects set when it came out last November.

I got a few cards in a Christmas gift, and a few more in a birthday gift… and I started to wonder how close I was to completing the Mets team set. It turns out that I have most of the ones that matter to me.

The Mets have six players in the 130-card draft picks portion of the base set, one in the 45-card rookies part and one in the 45-card top prospects segment. They have the same eight players in the Chrome versions, and then there are three “common” inserts. (Here’s a link to the full checklist on Topps’ website.)

I’ve got the eight regular cards plus the Kevin Plawecki insert – I’ll have to find the Matt Harvey & Rafael Montero inserts at some point.

Draft Picks
BDPP1 Dominic Smith
BDPP38 Andrew Church
BDPP39 Casey Meisner
BDPP40 Ivan Wilson
BDPP72 Luis Guillorme
BDPP107 Gaither Bumgardner

Top Prospects
TP-22 Noah Syndergaard

Rookies
20 Zack Wheeler

Kevin Plawecki's 2013 Bowman Scouts Breakouts baseball card (from my collection)
Kevin Plawecki’s 2013 Bowman Scouts Breakouts baseball card (from my collection)

Chrome Draft Picks
BDPP1 Dominic Smith
BDPP38 Andrew Church
BDPP39 Casey Meisner
BDPP40 Ivan Wilson
BDPP72 Luis Guillorme
BDPP107 Gaither Bumgardner

Chrome Top Prospects
TP-22 Noah Syndergaard

Chrome Rookies
20 Zack Wheeler

Futures of the Franchise
FF-MH Matt Harvey

Bowman Scouts Breakouts
BSB-KP Kevin Plawecki
BSB-RMO Rafael Montero

Continue reading “2013 Bowman Draft Picks & Prospects Mets checklist”

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9 moments from 2013: Getting Matt Harvey’s autograph

During the final nine days of 2013, I’m going to revisit nine memorable baseball moments from the year.

Autographed Matt Harvey baseball card from my collection
Autographed Matt Harvey baseball card from my collection

My best baseball-related moment was getting Matt Harvey‘s autograph at Citi Field.

When I go to weekend games, I try to arrive early enough for pre-game workouts. Sometimes, the players will stop and sign a few autographs on their way off of the field. Usually, it’s the middle relievers like Greg Burke, but sometimes you’ll see the more popular players do it too.

On Banner Day, Harvey stopped and signed autographs for fans during the parade. That was the one day I didn’t bring anything to get signed, so I didn’t try.

On June 30th – Zack Wheeler‘s Citi Field debut – I had my baseball cards, and I was one of the fortunate folks who walked away with Harvey’s signature.

My smile lasted until Wheeler gave up four runs in the second inning, and didn’t return until backup catcher Anthony Recker was throwing his warmup pitches in the ninth inning.

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Topps Heritage High Number set goes on sale today

(Topps promo image)
(Topps promo image)

Topps Heritage is getting a limited High Number update series again this year, sold exclusively through Topps’ online store.

The 100-card  box set will retail for $99.99 and each box will include one autograph card.

The regular set features two Mets cards: H532 John Buck and H568 Zack Wheeler. Wheeler is also one of the 40 players with autograph cards.

The sets will be on sale at noon today.

I really should try to get two or three sets, break them up and sell the singles on eBay. With good luck, I’d get big name player autographs that I could turn for a profit – but I don’t have that kind of money to tie up, especially with the holidays approaching.

I hope that other people do, so I can snag the two cards I’ll need to finish my 2013 Topps Heritage Mets team set.

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Some 2013 Topps Update Series Mets baseball cards

I have not been in a store that sells baseball cards in a few weeks, so I had more or less overlooked the release of this year’s Topps Update series.

Fortunately, one of my friends gave me most of the Mets cards that are included in the basic series.

David Wright's Home Run Derby card
David Wright’s Home Run Derby card

I think this is the first year I’ve ever cared about any of the All-Star Game Home Run Derby cards Topps throws into the update series. (Then again, this summer was the first time in years I actually watched any portion of the Home Run Derby.)

Matt-Harvey-AS David-Wright-ASG

The mandatory All-Star Game cards are a bit cooler this year because of the game’s location, too. (Not cool enough for me to worry about chasing down the short-print variations, though.)

Juan-Lagares Zack-Wheeler-debut

Juan Lagares and Zack Wheeler both get official “Rookie Cards,” though I was hoping Lagares would get a cooler photo on his.

Marlon-Byrd

Although he’s now a Pittsburgh Pirate (for a few more days, anyway), Marlon Byrd finally gets his first (not counting an online-distribution only relic card featuring a piece of a Chicago Cubs jersey)

Eric-Young-Jr

The Target-exclusive parallel version of Eric Young Jr.‘s first Mets baseball card. Young did get a cool photo, probably from his walk-off home run against the Kansas City Royals.

There are two more Mets cards in the update series base set: a second one for Zack Wheeler and one for Shaun Marcum.  I suppose I need to track them down at some point for completeness, along with the regular version of Young’s card.

Note: if you’re seeing the baseball card images with rounded corners, that’s because of the display theme of the blog – they have standard corners and have not been trimmed.