Feeling somewhat better this afternoon, I took out my 2012 Topps set, and actually looked at each individual card. It came to me that I've spent most of my time worrying about the little number in the upper corner on the back of the card, or which pocket on what page in the binder the card is going into, rather than just taking the card for what it is.
Those of you who built the set no doubt are aware of the great action shots Topps used for the 2012 edition. I don't know if I could choose just one card as my favorite, but these three cards stood out for me:
|As good as Gold|
For my money, Yadier Molina is the best catcher in the majors. Strong throwing arm, excellent blocking of balls in the dirt, great game-calling skills, and perhaps the quickest pop time in MLB. Five Gold Gloves helps cement his ability as well.
I think what catches my attention most on this card is the gold-colored Rawlings tags on Yadi's chest protector and mitt. Not only do you see Molina getting ready to ditch the mask in order to make the play, you also see the Rawlings mark of excellence, proof of being the gold standard when it comes to catching.
Seeing the ball in front of McCann made me think the Gorzelanny was safe, but I had to do some extra research to see exactly what happened. Thanks to baseball-reference.com and the Four-Letter Network's recap of the game, it turns out Gorzelanny was indeed safe, but twisted his right ankle in the collision, scoring from 1st on a triple. That's great hustle!
I am very much looking forward to the 2013 releases and hoping that there are some great moments captured on cardboard.
Until next time,