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2013 Topps Archives ‘Tallboys’ Subset – Buster Posey

2013 Topps Archives ‘Tallboys’ Subset – Buster Posey

With the new 2013 Topps Archives baseball card set release, the ‘Mini Tallboys’ subset is easily one of the best parts of the issue.

The cards from this subset offer a very basic, but throwback feel that screams vintage. The set is 40 cards deep and offers a nice mixture of current players, stars from the 1980′s, and Hall of Fame legends.

This is the card of Buster Posey from the set:

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After completing his fifth major league season in 2013, Buster Posey has built a resume worthy of Hall of Fame chatter.

Posey is a former Rookie of the Year.  He has won an MVP Award.  He has a Silver Slugger Award to his credit.  He is a batting champion.  And he is a 2-time NL All-Star.

Best of all, Posey already has 2 trips to the World Series to his credit – and both culminated with wins.

He may not be crowned as the best catcher in the game today, but he has the skills to achieve that status.  And at the young age of just 26, the sky is his limit!

2013 Topps Update ‘Postseason Heroes’ Subset – Buster Posey

2013 Topps Update ‘Postseason Heroes’ Subset – Buster Posey

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 Buster Posey from the set:

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In a short, 5-year career, Buster Posey has already established himself as a big-time postseason performer.

Posey has made it to the World Series twice, each time walking away with championship hardware.  In 9 games, Posey has amassed a .286 batting average and a .324 on-base percentage.  He has collected 10 hits including two home runes while driving in 5 runs and scoring 3 times.

2013 Topps Gypsy Queen ‘Collisions At The Plate’ Subset – Buster Posey

2013 Topps Gypsy Queen ‘Collisions At The Plate’ Subset – Buster Posey

The theme of ‘Collision At The Plate’ is one that I think all baseball fans could get excited about. The play in which two players collide with completely opposite goals: 1 putting their body on the line in an effort to score a run for their team. 1 putting every ounce of energy, strength, and will into defending their plate.

Oh yes, the ‘Collision At The Plate’ is the perfect place for baseball drama to be born. And as soon as I saw that the 2013 Topps Gypsy Queen set was going to include a subset of cards with the title of ‘Collisions At The Plate’, I knew I would be going after it.

This is the Buster Posey card from the set:

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Buster Posey has firmly established himself as one of the great, young talents that will take the game of baseball into the next era.  His offense is superb, and he continues to get better and better behind the plate.

Already a ROY and MVP, Posey is also a batting champion and a 2-time World Series winner!!  The sky is the limit for him, and any team that he is catching for!!

Buster Posey Signs 9-Year Extension With Giants

From ESPN.com

The San Francisco Giants have signed Buster Posey to a landmark nine-year, $167 million contract, according to ESPN and multiple other media outlets.

The contract, which is also the longest in Giants history, covers 2013-21, with a team option for 2022. There is also a full no-trade clause for the duration of the contract.

It’s also the most money ever guaranteed to a player with fewer than three years of service time — more than doubling Carlos Gonzalez $80 million contract — and a record guarantee for a player with fewer than four years of service, surpassing Todd Helton’s $151 million deal.

Posey will earn $57 million for his arbitration years — the third-highest ever — and $110 million for his free-agent years, a $22 million average annual value. Before Posey, no catcher had earned more than Mike Napoli’s $20.8 million in his arbitration-eligible years. Posey’s deal nearly triples that.

A source familiar with the negotiations says that Posey will get a $7 million signing bonus and then will receive salaries of $3 million in 2013, $10.5 million in 2014, $16.5 million in 2015, $20 million in 2016 and $21.4 million in each season from 2017-21. The club option in 2022 is for $22 million with a $3 million buyout.

Buster Posey Captures The National League MVP Crown!!!

Buster Posey Captures The National League MVP Crown!!!

From Yahoo Sports

NEW YORK (AP) — Buster Posey of the San Francisco Giants was voted the NL Most Valuable Player on Thursday after returning from a devastating leg injury and becoming the first catcher in 70 years to win the league’s batting title.

Posey received 27 of 32 first-place votes and 422 points from the Baseball Writers’ Association of America, outdistancing 2011 winner Ryan Braun of Milwaukee, who was second with 285 points.

Pittsburgh outfielder Andrew McCutchen (245) was third, followed by St. Louis catcher Yadier Molina (241).

The AL MVP was to be announced later Thursday.

The 2010 NL Rookie of the Year, Posey set career highs with a .336 average, 24 homers and 103 RBIs for the World Series champion Giants. His 2011 season was cut short by a collision with the Marlins’ Scott Cousins on May 25 that resulted in a fractured bone in Posey’s lower left leg and three torn ankle ligaments.

Posey, the fifth overall pick in the 2008 amateur draft, won the NL batting title after teammate Melky Cabrera requested a rules change that disqualified him. Cabrera, who hit .346, missed the final 45 games of the regular-season while serving a suspension for a positive testosterone test and would have won the batting crown if the rule hadn’t been changed.

Ernie Lombardi had been the previous catcher to capture the NL batting championship, in 1942.

Catchers have won the NL MVP just eight times, with Posey joining Gabby Hartnett (1935), Lombardi (1938), Roy Campanella (1951, 1953, 1955) and Johnny Bench (1970, 1972). The other winning catchers were Lombardi in 1938 and Gabby Hartnett in 1935.

Posey is the first Giants player to win since Barry Bonds was voted his record seventh MVP award in 2004.

Buster Posey Becomes First National League Catcher To Win The Batting Title Since 1942

Buster Posey Becomes First National League Catcher To Win The Batting Title Since 1942

From Yahoo Sports

LOS ANGELES (AP) — San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey won the National League batting title with a .336 average on Wednesday.

Posey went 0 for 2 with a strikeout in his team’s regular-season finale, a 2-1 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers. He is the first Giants player to win the batting crown since Barry Bonds hit .370 in 2004. Pittsburgh’s Andrew McCutchen finished second at .327.

”I don’t think it’s something that you ever think about doing,” Posey said. ”It’s such a long season, and from day one, you try to grind out at-bats no matter what the situation is. And if you can go up there and are able to make some adjustments, good things will happen.”

In May 2011, Posey broke a bone in his left leg and tore three ankle ligaments on a horrific collision at the plate, an injury that sidelined him for the rest of the season.

”I give a lot of credit to our entire training staff for all the work they did in the off-season to get me back on the field,” he said. ”Even though this is an individual accomplishment, there’s other people who deserve credit.”

The previous catcher to win the NL title was Ernie Lombardi of the Boston Braves, who hit .330 in 1942. The last catcher to win in the AL was Minnesota’s Joe Maurer in 2009.

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