Category Archives: 2013 Topps Update ‘Postseason Heroes’

2013 Topps Update ‘Postseason Heroes’ Subset – Jim Palmer

2013 Topps Update ‘Postseason Heroes’ Subset – Jim Palmer

The 2013 Topps Update baseball card set includes a subset tagged as ‘Postseason Heroes.  And with that theme, you would expect to find cards of modern players like Albert Pujols, Edgar Renteria, and Pablo Sandoval but none of these guys made the checklist.

That does leave room for some nice surprises…

This is the card of Jim Palmer from the set:

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This card is so nice I had to pick up two of them – one for my player collection and one for this subset.

Jim Palmer is the only player in major league history to win three World Series crowns in three different decades.  He won titles with the Baltimore Orioles in 1966, 1970, and 1983.

In 19 big league season, Palmer made it to the postseason eight times.  He competed in four World Series match-ups, winning three titles.  In 15 career postseason starts, Palmer has a record of 8-3 with a 2.61 ERA.

2013 Topps Update ‘Postseason Heroes’ Subset – Greg Maddux

2013 Topps Update ‘Postseason Heroes’ Subset – Greg Maddux

The 2013 Topps Update baseball card set includes a subset tagged as ‘Postseason Heroes.  And with that theme, you would expect to find cards of modern players like Albert Pujols, Edgar Renteria, and Pablo Sandoval but none of these guys made the checklist.

That does leave room for some nice surprises…

This is the card of Greg Maddux from the set:

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In 23 big league seasons, Greg Maddux made it to 13 postseasons.  He competed in 9 NLCS match-ups, and 3 World Series’.  Maddux compiled a record of 11-14 in the postseason and went just 2-3 in World Series play.

Of his three World Series championships, he won a single title – in 1995.

2013 Topps Update ‘Postseason Heroes’ Subset – Evan Longoria

2013 Topps Update ‘Postseason Heroes’ Subset – Evan Longoria

The 2013 Topps Update baseball card set includes a subset tagged as ‘Postseason Heroes.  And with that theme, you would expect to find cards of modern players like Albert Pujols, Edgar Renteria, and Pablo Sandoval but none of these guys made the checklist.

That does leave room for some nice surprises…

This is the card of Evan Longoria from the set:

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While he has yet to win a World Series title, Evan Longoria has certainly provided his share of highlights in postseason play.

Longo has been a major factor in the success of the Tampa Bay Rays and their ability to land in the postseason.  In his first six seasons in the majors, the Rays have been to the playoffs four times and to the World Series once.

In postseason play, Longoria has not hit the ball at the same level he has during the regular season, but when he does connect – it counts.  In 30 games, Longo has launched 9 home runs while driving in 21 runs and scoring 16 times.

With the right pieces around him, Longoria could very well be a future World Series MVP.

 

 

2013 Topps Update ‘Postseason Heroes’ Subset – Sandy Koufax

2013 Topps Update ‘Postseason Heroes’ Subset – Sandy Koufax

The 2013 Topps Update baseball card set includes a subset tagged as ‘Postseason Heroes.  And with that theme, you would expect to find cards of modern players like Albert Pujols, Edgar Renteria, and Pablo Sandoval but none of these guys made the checklist.

That does leave room for some nice surprises…

This is the card of Sandy Koufax from the set:

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Sandy Koufax made it to the World Series in four of his twelve big league campaigns.  He won titles in three of the four match-ups, good for a 75% clip.

In those 4 match-ups, Koufax competed in eight games, going 4-3.  He had an ERA of .95 in 57 innings of work, and he struck out 61 batters while walking just 11.

He was names as the 1965 World Series MVP due to his 3 starts that included two complete game shutout victories!

2013 Topps Update ‘Postseason Heroes’ Subset – Derek Jeter

2013 Topps Update ‘Postseason Heroes’ Subset – Derek Jeter

The 2013 Topps Update baseball card set includes a subset tagged as ‘Postseason Heroes.  And with that theme, you would expect to find cards of modern players like Albert Pujols, Edgar Rentaria, and Pablo Sandoval but none of these guys made the checklist.

That does leave room for some nice surprises…

This is the card of Derek Jeter from the set:

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Derek Jeter’s story is supremely unreal.  He concluded his 19th big league campaign in 2013, and he made the playoffs in 16 of those years.  He has appeared in 158 career playoff games – the equivalent of one extra big league season.

Jeter has played in 7 World Series match-ups, culminating in six titles.  In the Fall Classic, Jeter has amassed a batting average of .321 and an on-base percentage of .384.  He has 50 hits in 38 games including 9 doubles and 3 home runs.

Jeter was the 2000 World Series MVP.

2013 Topps Update ‘Postseason Heroes’ Subset – Reggie Jackson

2013 Topps Update ‘Postseason Heroes’ Subset – Reggie Jackson

The 2013 Topps Update baseball card set includes a subset tagged as ‘Postseason Heroes.  And with that theme, you would expect to find cards of modern players like Albert Pujols, Edgar Rentaria, and Pablo Sandoval but none of these guys made the checklist.

That does leave room for some nice surprises…

This is the card of Reggie Jackson from the set:

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Sure, Reggie Jackson may be best known for hitting home runs in three consecutive at-bats in the 1977 World Series that secured victory for the Yankees and a World Series championship as well.

But, Reggie’s postseason resume extends well beyond the 1977 Fall Classic.  Reggie is a 4-time champion, winning titles with the Oakland A’s in 1973 and 1974 and then with the Yankees in 1977 and 1978.

He has a lifetime batting average of .357 in World Series play including 35 hits with 7 doubles and 10 home runs.  He has driven in 24 runs in 27 World Series games while also scoring 21 times.  Reggie has a World Series on-base percentage of .457!!!

2013 Topps Update ‘Postseason Heroes’ Subset – Roy Halladay

2013 Topps Update ‘Postseason Heroes’ Subset – Roy Halladay

The 2013 Topps Update baseball card set includes a subset tagged as ‘Postseason Heroes.  And with that theme, you would expect to find cards of modern players like Albert Pujols, Edgar Rentaria, and Pablo Sandoval but none of these guys made the checklist.

That does leave room for some nice surprises…

This is the card of Roy Halladay from the set:

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For a player with 16 complete major league seasons under his belt, Roy Halladay’s postseaon career has been relatively limited.  He has appeared in the playoffs just twice, and both were recent – the 2010 and 2011 playoffs.

But, he did make a grand entrance with his debut in 2010.  Halladay pitched a no-hitter against the Cincinnati Reds in the opening round of the NLDS.  The game was at home in Philadelphia and the victory drove the Phillies to a series win over the Reds and into the NLCS against the eventual champions, the Giants.

2013 Topps Update ‘Postseason Heroes’ Subset – Bob Gibson

2013 Topps Update ‘Postseason Heroes’ Subset – Bob Gibson

The 2013 Topps Update baseball card set includes a subset tagged as ‘Postseason Heroes.  And with that theme, you would expect to find cards of modern players like Albert Pujols, Edgar Rentaria, and Pablo Sandoval but none of these guys made the checklist.

That does leave room for some nice surprises…

This is the card of Bob Gibson from the set:

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Bob Gibson’s resume includes three trips to the World Series in a five season span.  Gibson and his Cardinals teammates walked away with two titles in 1964 & 1967.

Competing in 9 contests, Gibson went 7-2, while throwing an incredible 8 complete games including 2 shutouts.  His ERA in World Series play is a low 1.89.  And in 81 innings of work, Gibson struck out 92 batters while walking just 17.

Gibson was named as World Series MVP in both the ’64 and ’67 match-ups.  He is often credietd as one of the best pitchers in postseason history.

2013 Topps Update ‘Postseason Heroes’ Subset – Miguel Cabrera

2013 Topps Update ‘Postseason Heroes’ Subset – Miguel Cabrera

The 2013 Topps Update baseball card set includes a subset tagged as ‘Postseason Heroes.  And with that theme, you would expect to find cards of modern players like Albert Pujols, Edgar Rentaria, and Pablo Sandoval but none of these guys made the checklist.

That does leave room for some nice surprises…

This is the card of Miguel Cabrera from the set:

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At the end of the 2013 baseball season, Miguel Cabrera completed his 11th season in the majors.

He has already been in the postseason four times, making two trips and winning one World Series championship.

In 52 postseason games, Cabrera has a .273 batting average with 53 hits in 194 at-bats.  Of his 53 hits, he has connected for 9 doubles and 12 home runs while also scoring 27 runs and driving in 37.

In World Series play, Cabrera has a just a .189 batting average through ten games.

2013 Topps Update ‘Postseason Heroes’ Subset – David Freese

2013 Topps Update ‘Postseason Heroes’ Subset – David Freese

The 2013 Topps Update baseball card set includes a subset tagged as ‘Postseason Heroes.  And with that theme, you would expect to find cards of modern players like Albert Pujols, Edgar Rentaria, and Pablo Sandoval but none of these guys made the checklist.

That does leave room for some nice surprises…

This is the card of David Freese from the set:

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David Freese put the St. Louis Cardinals franchise on his back during the 2011 World Series.

Playing for his hometown team, Freese hit .348 in seven games as he connected for 8 hits in 23 at-bats.  Of his 8 hits, Freese amassed 3 doubles, a triple, and a home run.  He also drove in 7 runs and scored 4 times.

In the games that mattered the most, Games 6 & 7 (both wins for STL), Freese went 2-for-5 and 1-for-2 taking his team to two wins and the World Series title.

Freese was named the 2011 World Series MVP for his solid performance in the Fall Classic.