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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.

2013 Topps Archives ‘Tallboys’ Subset – David Freese

2013 Topps Archives ‘Tallboys’ Subset – David Freese

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 David Freese from the set:

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In his relatively short major league career, David Freese has become a highly collectible player due to his performance of the 2011 World Series.  In that Fall Classic, Freese won the MVP Award as he led the Cardinals’ offensive attack with his .348 batting average over 7 games.  In those 7 games, Freese connected for 8 hits including 3 doubles and 1 home run while driving in seven runs.

His efforts helped lead the Cardinals to the World Series title.

David Freese 2012 Topps Archives Deckle Edge

David Freese 2012 Topps Archives Deckle Edge

Man, I can almost feel it.  This is the second-to-last card that I need to complete this classic set!!!

While the casual collector and baseball fan may wonder how a player that they have never heard of made it into such a classic and elite set, look no further than the 2011 World Series.  There is no doubt that Freese’s stock rose as a result of his World Series MVP performance that led the Cardinals to clinching the championship.

Topps took note of it – and I am certain that collectors of Freese and the Cardinals are very happy about that.

He deserves to be in the ‘Deckle Edge’ set and it may not be long before he is again included in more exclusive sets.

DECKLE FREESE

’30-YOC Top Ten’ – Top 10 Stars From The 2011 World Series

’30-YOC Top Ten’ – Top 10 Stars From The 2011 World Series

I couldn’t do this list last Sunday because I wanted to get my ‘Pick The Award Winners’ contest up and going.  Lucky for me, the results of the 2011 World Series are entrenched in my brain.

As we all know, David Freese won the World Series MVP award.  I like the pick, but I do think that there were a few players that were more deserving of that honor.

So, here is my ‘Top Ten Stars From The 2011 World Series’ list.  You may or may not agree with my selections, or the order of them, and that is fine.  But years from now when I think back to this amazing 7-game series, these are the guys that I think that I will remember most.

Honorable Mention – Josh Hamilton, Chris Carpenter, Adrian Beltre, Rafael Furcal, Lance Lynn, Alexi Ogando, Jason Motte, and Michael Young.

10 – Ron Washington – I love his animated personality from the dugout.  He would be a fun guy to play for.

9 – Ian Kinsler – I like lead-off hitters and I think he was the best one of the playoffs.  He offers a great blend of contact and power hitting.

8 – Derek Holland – His performance in Game 4 was stellar.  And his impersonation of Harry Caray was pretty good too.

7 – Alan Craig – Great story for such a young player.  He played like a veteran throughout the series and was the best bench player that St. Louis had.

6 – Lance Berkman – It was great to see the old guy get it done so consistently at the plate.  I am older than Berkman, but that beard did not help his cause…

5 – David Freese – He offered us some great heroics – from game-winning home runs to lead saving plays in the field.  It was nice to see a local guy from STL get the home crowd support like he did.

4 – Yadier Molina – I knew that he was good, but few catchers stand out anymore.  He is among the best at his position and I have a new respect for him as a player.  Arguably the best catcher in the game today!!

3 – Albert Pujols – It is a shame that Pujols’ 3-HR game has been overshadowed.  But this is a team sport, and on the night of Game 3, Pujols propelled his team to victory single-handidly.

2 – Mike Napoli – Talk about consistent, he was the team’s best hitter and defender through the entire series.  And that throw to third to nab Holliday was uber-impressive – from his knees!!!

1 – Nelson Cruz – Cruz instantly became a star during the post-season.  And his home run tear puts him in an elite class.  It goes to show that anyone has the chance to shine on this stage, and his home run barrage will live on as one of the greatest offensive World Series performances of  all-time!!!

And there you have it, my recollection of the best World Series match-up that I have seen in a very long time.  Filled with solid pitching, great offense, and drama, 2011’s World Series was an instant classic!!!