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And Finally, My 2012 Topps ‘Mound Dominance’ Subset Is Complete!!! Come Check It Out.

And Finally, My 2012 Topps ‘Mound Dominance’ Subset Is Complete!!!  Come Check It Out.

Yessir, I have completed another subset and it is time to show it off in its completed form.

The ‘Mound Dominance’ set is from the 2012 Topps release, and is 15 cards deep. 

Here it is, complete:

SET 1

SET 2

As for the cards, they look great!  I like the graphics that Topps used to identify the strike zone, and the added team logo on top of that graphic is a nice touch.  I also really like that every card in the subset offers a color, in-action photograph (though the Gibson, Spahn, and Feller appear to be posed-action).  I do wish that Topps used a brighter color for the ‘Mound Dominance’ headline – something that stood out more.

While I am really happy with the look and design of the set, I have to say that there are a few odd things about it that stand out for me as well.

They are:

  • the set lacks consistency with the theme; from no-hitters to solid outings to dominant playoff appearances, I wish it focused on just one thing
  • the inclusion of Dennis Eckersley ( a player I loved watching) is peculiar.  He is the only non-starter in the set.
  • Phil Niekro’s card is celebrating his 300th career win – the only card celebrating a career achievement instead the most dominant game of the pitcher’s career.
  • The set gives us Jon Lester and Armando Gallaraga, but leaves out Clemens, Randy Johnson, Pedro, Schilling, and others that would certainly be also called ‘Dominant’

Overall, I like the set – it looks great, and it is nice to see players like Verlander and Halladay get put into the same conversation as Seaver, Palmer, and Gooden. 

Ultimately, I would have liked to have seen multiple versions of the set, maybe in consecutive years.  If Topps broke this set into different levels while keeping the graphic components similar, with just enough changes to let them stand alone, they could have been on to something.  Imagine if we had: Mound Dominance – No Hitters, Mound Dominance – The Closers, Mound Dominance – The Workhorses, Mound Dominance – The Strikeout Artists, Mound Dominance – Postseason Heroes.  If Topps delivered something like that, it would let them bring us something that more truly represented the many ways that one can dominate from the mound.  And it would certainly let them capture more collectors as well.

Topps, do you hear me???

2012 Topps ‘Mound Dominance’ Subset – Card #MD-15 – Dwight Gooden, New York Mets

2012 Topps ‘Mound Dominance’ Subset – Card #MD-15 – Dwight Gooden, New York Mets

I really like the ‘Mound Dominance’ subset that Topps included in their 2012 base set. The cards are sharp, the graphics are solid, and I am a sucker for cards that pay homage to a historic baseball event.

The ‘Mound Dominance’ set recalls 15 amazing pitching performances in major league history.

This is card#15 – Dwight Gooden, New York Mets

DWIGHT GOODEN

The Dominant Day – September 12, 1984.  On this day, Dwight Gooden fired a 1-hitter for the New York Mets as they battled the Chicago Cubs.  Gooden went the distance in the game, striking out nine batters while walking four.  The lone hit surrendered was an infield single in the fifth inning.

Progress – 15/15

2012 Topps ‘Mound Dominance’ Subset – Card #MD-14 – John Smoltz, Atlanta Braves

2012 Topps ‘Mound Dominance’ Subset – Card #MD-14  – John Smoltz, Atlanta Braves

I really like the ‘Mound Dominance’ subset that Topps included in their 2012 base set.  The cards are sharp, the graphics are solid, and I am a sucker for cards that pay homage to a historic baseball event.

The ‘Mound Dominance’ set recalls 15 amazing pitching performances in major league history.

This is card#14 – John Smoltz, Atlanta Braves

JOHN SMOLTZ

The Dominant Day – October 17, 1991.  In Game 7 of the NLCS, John Smoltz pitched his best postseason game of his career.  He threw a complete game shutout while striking out 8 batters and allowing just 6 hits.  Smoltz threw 123 pitches in the contest and was the leader of the Braves as they advanced to the 1991 World Series.

Progress – 14/15

2012 Topps ‘Mound Dominance’ Subset – Card #MD-13 – Jon Lester, Boston Red Sox

2012 Topps ‘Mound Dominance’ Subset – Card #MD-13 – Jon Lester, Boston Red Sox

I really like the ‘Mound Dominance’ subset that Topps included in their 2012 base set.  The cards are sharp, the graphics are solid, and I am a sucker for cards that pay homage to a historic baseball event.

The ‘Mound Dominance’ set recalls 15 amazing pitching performances in major league history.

This is card#13 – Jon Lester, Boston Red Sox

JON LESTER

The Dominant Day – May 19, 2008.  Jon Lester and his Boston Red Sox teammates faced the Kansas City Royals on this date, and Lester was in control from the start.  Throwing his first complete game of the 2008 baseball season, Lester no-hit the Royals and allowed just two walks in the win.  He struck out nine batters in the game and threw 130 pitches.  It was the first Red Sox no-hitter in 52 years.

Progress – 13/15

2012 Topps ‘Mound Dominance’ Subset – Card #MD-12 – Bob Feller, Cleveland Indians

2012 Topps ‘Mound Dominance’ Subset – Card #MD-12 – Bob Feller, Cleveland Indians

I really like the ‘Mound Dominance’ subset that Topps included in their 2012 base set.  The cards are sharp, the graphics are solid, and I am a sucker for cards that pay homage to a historic baseball event.

The ‘Mound Dominance’ set recalls 15 amazing pitching performances in major league history.

This is card#12 – Bob Feller, Cleveland Indians

BOB FELLER

The Dominant Day – August 23, 1936.  In the first major league start of his career, Bob Feller threw a no-hitter.  He was dominant right from the start, striking out 15 batters while allowing four walks.

Feller was just 17-years old when this occurred – truly remarkable!!!

Progress – 12/15

2012 Topps ‘Mound Dominance’ Subset – Card #MD-11 – Warren Spahn, Milwaukee Braves

2012 Topps ‘Mound Dominance’ Subset – Card #MD-11 – Warren Spahn, Milwaukee Braves

I really like the ‘Mound Dominance’ subset that Topps included in their 2012 base set.  The cards are sharp, the graphics are solid, and I am a sucker for cards that pay homage to a historic baseball event.

The ‘Mound Dominance’ set recalls 15 amazing pitching performances in major league history.

This is card#11 – Warren Spahn, Milwaukee Braves

WARREN SPAHN

The Dominant Day – September 16, 1960. On this day, Warren Spahn threw a no-hitter against the Philadelphia Phillies.  The 39-year old Spahn collected his 20th win of the season with this no-hitter.  And he was as dominant as ever; striking out 15 batters and walking just two in the complete game shutout.

Progress – 11/15

2012 Topps ‘Mound Dominance’ Subset – Card #MD-10 – Armando Galarraga, Detroit Tigers

2012 Topps ‘Mound Dominance’ Subset – Card #MD-10 – Armando Galarraga, Detroit Tigers

I really like the ‘Mound Dominance’ subset that Topps included in their 2012 base set.  The cards are sharp, the graphics are solid, and I am a sucker for cards that pay homage to a historic baseball event.

The ‘Mound Dominance’ set recalls 15 amazing pitching performances in major league history.

This is card#10 – Armando Galarraga, Detroit Tigers

ARMANDO GALARRAGA

The Dominant Day – June 2, 2010.  We all vividly  remember this day.  Headed into the ninth inning, and the final out of the game, Armando Galarraga was pitching a perfect game against the Cleveland Indians.  Unfortunately, a missed call by the umpire cost Galarraga the game, and a chance to make history.  Still, he threw a complete game, allowed just one hit, and struck out three.

Progress – 10/15

2012 Topps ‘Mound Dominance’ Subset – Card #MD-9 – Phil Niekro, Cleveland Indians

2012 Topps ‘Mound Dominance’ Subset – Card #MD-9 – Phil Niekro, Cleveland Indians

I really like the ‘Mound Dominance’ subset that Topps included in their 2012 base set.  The cards are sharp, the graphics are solid, and I am a sucker for cards that pay homage to a historic baseball event.

The ‘Mound Dominance’ set recalls 15 amazing pitching performances in major league history.

This is card#9 – Phil Niekro, Cleveland Indians

PHIL NIEKRO

The Dominant Day – June 22, 1986.  On this day, Phil Niekro pitched a 2-hit gem for the Indians at the age of 47.  Both hits were given up by Niekro in the first inning, but from there on he was superb.  The pitching line looks like this: 9 innings pitched, 2 hits allowed, 1 earned run, 4 strikeouts, 0 walks, and a win!

This 2-hitter was the 16th time that Niekro went the distance in his career while allowing either 1 or 2 hits.

Progress – 9/15

2012 Topps ‘Career Day’ Subset – Card #14 – Dustin Pedroia, Boston Red Sox

2012 Topps ‘Career Day’ Subset – Card #14 – Dustin Pedroia, Boston Red Sox

I am working on this set because I find it to be the most appealing of the subsets issued by Topps in 2012.

The cards feature bold colors, great images, and a unique horizontal design.

I especially like the ‘Career Day’ theme as it pays homage to some of the greatest individual performances of baseball’s elite players.

Card #14 – Dustin Pedroia, Boston Red Sox

CAREER DAY 14

The Career Day – June 24, 2010.  On this day in 2010, Dustin Pedroia matched a feat that had been only accomplished one other time in major league baseball history; Jimmie Foxx in 1919.  Pedroia went 5-for-5 with three home runs, a double, a single, and a walk as his team battled the Colorado Rockies during inter-league play.  His third home run came in the 10th inning of the game, and gave the Sox the win with his 5th RBI of the game.

Progress – 14/25

2012 Topps ‘Mound Dominance’ Subset – Card #MD-8 – Nolan Ryan, Houston Astros

2012 Topps ‘Mound Dominance’ Subset – Card #MD-8 – Nolan Ryan, Houston Astros

I really like the ‘Mound Dominance’ subset that Topps included in their 2012 base set.  The cards are sharp, the graphics are solid, and I am a sucker for cards that pay homage to a historic baseball event.

The ‘Mound Dominance’ set recalls 15 amazing pitching performances in major league history.

This is card#8 – Nolan Ryan, Houston Astros

NOLAN RYAN

The dominant day – September 26, 1981.  Ryan’s first no-hitter in the National League took a bit longer than his earlier ones, but that is because his offense was giving hm a ton of support.  And that was all Ryan needed to capture his 5th career no-hitter.  Going 9 innings while striking out 11 and walking 3, Ryan dominated an All-star filled Dodgers lineup.

Progress – 8/15