Here’s some other firsts from my first packs of 2012 Topps.
First fantasy player:
I’ve made reference to my keeper league before here, so I won’t go into it again. McCarthy had somehow ended up in the free agent pool last year, so I picked him up before his return from the DL. Now he’s the #1 guy in Oakland this year. So my number one tip when it comes to fantasy is to know who’s in the FA pool. And know when to get in.
First Pitcher Face:
I had no idea a knuckleball took so much force to throw. Seeing a small scan doesn’t do this face justice, either. This is one of my early favorites just for his face alone.
First Card I Dislike:
For obvious reasons, I think. Sadly, my set isn’t complete without it, so my impulse to woodchip it must be quelled.
First in Flight:
I still think Kung Fu Panda is a dumb nickname. And that guy is totally out.
First Flashback to 2010 Topps:
If you Google search Buster Posey’s 2010 Topps card, it’s like the anti-version of this card. Which makes sense, since Eli Whiteside’s offense is almost the exact opposite of Buster Posey’s.
First Guy I’d Never Heard Of:
I wrote down his name while I sorted cards. Then I pulled out his card again, scanned the card, saved it as a file using his last name and added it to this post. Then I went to lunch. I cannot for the life of me think of Jared’s last name. Maybe he’ll get some work with A.J. Burnett out for a month and a half.
It took me three days after pulling this one to realize that Travis is no longer a Red. His eight innings of perfection in Philadelphia will remain a memory for a long time, and I had high hopes for the guy. Now that he’s a Cub, well…
My kids love these cards. Me? They are much better then those red letter inserts from 2007, or the gold foil parallels of 2008. Anyone chasing this set like they did the shiny Topps from last year?
First Throwback Jersey:
New Topps parallel idea for short prints: Throwback uniforms with the throwback logo of the team on the card? Good idea or great idea?
And now some second thoughts about the set itself:
First off, I’m happy to see the return of a World Series subset. It instantly took me back to 1981 Topps. Yellow border, George Brett in full swing. A beauty of a card.
But the great thing about 1981’s version of the World Series (or more correctly playoff subset) is that they were all together. Not here. They are all over the place, and not even in order in which they occurred. Game one of the World Series is card #329. Game 7? Card #53. You don’t put the last chapter in the front of a book, do you? So don’t do that with this subset, either.
And I like the league leaders cards, too, but I have the same beef. Put them together. And while the league leaders are fine, there should not be any “active leader” cards. Ditch those. And while I’m on the topic of grouping subsets, make the season highlights cards (like Kimbrel’s saves records) appear together. And give them a different design so that they stand out a little, too.
And I’ve seen the talk about the 3b/3b stats error, but no one is aggravated (or noticed?) that Topps decided to use W for both wins and walks on the pitcher’s cards? And shouldn’t it be SLG and not SP for slugging percentage? I hope Topps changes this in time for Series 2.
I’m actually surprised by how many quibbles I have with the set, but how willing I am to overlook them for the sake of collecting it. Any other year I probably would have grudgingly put this one together, but there’s some excitement here that I can’t put my finger on. Maybe it’s the prospect of trading and collecting itself that have tinted my glasses a beautiful shade of rose.
Whatever it may be, wantlists should be together shortly.