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2013 Topps Update ‘Postseason Heroes’ Subset – David Wright

2013 Topps Update ‘Postseason Heroes’ Subset – David Wright

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 David Wright from the set:



At the conclusion of the 2013 baseball season, David Wright completed his tenth year in the big leagues.  And during that time, Wright has played in the postseason just one time – 2006.

In 2006, Wright and his New York Mets teammates made it to the NLCS after defeating the Dodgers in the NLDS.

In 10 career postseason games, David Wright has compiled a .216 batting average with 8 hits, including 3 doubles and a home run.  He has scored 3 runs while driving in six.  And he has struck out 8 times while amassing an on-base percentage of just .310.

2013 Topps Archives ‘Tallboys’ Subset – David Wright

2013 Topps Archives ‘Tallboys’ Subset – David Wright

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 Wright from the set:



Simply put, David Wright is the ‘King Of New York’.

At The 2013 baseball season was Wright’s 10th in the league and with the Mets.  He is second on the team all-time with a .301 batting average.  He has the highest tally of all Mets players in hits, doubles, RBI, runs scored, and trails Darryl Strawberry by 30 in the home run category.

Wright is signed with the Mets through the 2020 baseball is season.  If he stays with the team that long, he will go down with the crown of ‘Mr. Met’.

With This Jose Reyes 2013 Topps ’72 Mini, I Have Finally Completed My Miami Marlins Base Team Set!!!

With This Jose Reyes 2013 Topps ’72 Mini, I Have Finally Completed My Miami Marlins Base Team Set!!!

Yes, it took me a lot longer than I had expected, but I finally did it.

With this 1972 mini card of Jose Reyes, I have officially collected all of the non-parallel, non-relic, and non-autograph cards of the Miami Marlins from the 2013 Topps Series 1 release.


For some reason, this card of Reyes eluded me, big time!!  I was never able to pull one from a pack, and none ever became a possible trade option either.  I finally found one on Ebay for just $0.99 with FREE Shipping so I scooped it up.

So, now that I have the base team set, the 1972 mini set, and the ‘Chasing The Dream’ subset all completed, it is time to start hunting down some of the colored parallel versions from the regular set.  And maybe I can sneak in a relic or auto along the way too…

Let’s Shop!!!

Baseball Card Show Purchase #6 – Lot Of 3 Miami Marlins Jose Reyes Cards

Baseball Card Show Purchase #6  – Lot Of 3 Miami Marlins Jose Reyes Cards

He’s no longer a Miami Marlin…

He’s no longer my shortstop…

He’s no longer batting 3rd for my team…

But, I still needed a few Jose Reyes cards that feature him as a Marlin.  And I was able to find three.

Have a look:


I have almost all of the base cards of Reyes from 2012 that show him wearing a Marlins uniform. 

It was nice to find a few inserts to help me round out that collection.


David Wright And Mets Agree To 7-Year Extension Through 2022

From MLB.com

The Mets and third baseman David Wright have come to terms on a seven-year, $122 million extension that will keep the six-time All-Star and face of the franchise in New York, a source confirmed to MLB.com on Friday.

The Mets have not commented on or confirmed the deal, which was first reported by Ed Coleman of WFAN Radio in New York.

Wright, who will turn 30 on Dec. 20, will make $16 million in 2013, the final year of his existing contract. Then he’ll make $122 million over the next seven years. The deal will be the most lucrative in club history. In total, Wright’s new deal will be for $138 million over the next eight years. Johan Santana’s six-year, $137.5 million contract from 2008 had previously been the club’s most expensive deal.

Wright, who could have become a free agent after next season, is in Jacksonville, Fla., to attend teammate Daniel Murphy’s wedding this weekend, according to ESPNNewYork.com’s Adam Rubin, who reported that the deal will likely be announced sometime next week after Wright returns to New York for a physical exam.

Wright was drafted by New York with the 38th pick in the 2001 First-Year Player Draft, and made his Major League debut in 2004. In his nine-year career in Flushing, he has taken over the franchise lead in hits (1,426), RBIs (818) and walks (616). He hit .306 with 21 homers and 93 RBIs in 156 games for New York in 2012.

The deal enhances the possibility of Wright playing his entire career in a Mets uniform. If he plays out the contract in New York, he will be approaching 38 years old and will have played 17 seasons with the Mets.

With a deal in place for Wright, the Mets will head to next week’s Winter Meetings in Nashville, Tenn., focused on the future of Music City native and 2012 National League Cy Young Award winner R.A. Dickey, who can become a free agent after next season.

New York Mets’ David Wright Becomes Team’s All-Time RBI Leader

New York Mets’ David Wright Becomes Team’s All-Time RBI Leader

By Anthony DiComo / MLB.com

NEW YORK — It may have taken David Wright a week to do it, but the Mets’ RBI record now belongs to him alone.

Wright hit a two-run home run against the Marlins in the sixth inning Wednesday, giving the Mets a 2-1 lead and putting him alone in franchise history with 735 RBIs. Wright had tied Darryl Strawberry with his 733rd RBI on April 18.

The third baseman already holds the franchise record for most career doubles (282), and is on track to pass Strawberry for most walks (580) and strikeouts (960) in club history. Before the season is finished, he could also catch Ed Kranepool in hits (1,418) and Jose Reyes in runs scored (704).

Wright ranks in the top 10 in franchise history in nearly every other major offensive category, including batting average, on-base percentage and slugging. He has a $16 million team option on his contract for next season, after which he can become a free agent for the first time in his career. Whether he re-signs will play a significant role in how many records he is able to hold or extend.

New York Mets Hold Memorial Pregame Ceremony Honoring Catcher Gary Carter

New York Mets Hold Memorial Pregame Ceremony Honoring Catcher Gary Carter

By Associated Press

NEW YORK — Darryl Strawberry needed all of one game to know what new teammate Gary Carter meant to the New York Mets.

“Right there you just knew inside your gut as a player that sits on that bench, you knew we had just turned the corner,” Strawberry said Thursday before a pregame ceremony at Citi Field honoring Carter. “We were on our way to becoming the team that was going to win the championship because of the Carter presence in the lineup.”

The Mets unveiled a memorial logo in honor of the ever-smiling Hall of Fame catcher who died in February from a brain tumor. Opening day was a fitting occasion to pay tribute to the player many considered the final piece to a ballclub that would win the 1986 World Series.

Carter hit a game-winning home run on opening day 1985, his first year in New York. If there were any doubts about the player who spent his first 11 years on the Montreal Expos, they were dispelled right there.

“The first couple of days with the “Kid” was probably the most nervous I’ve been because a lot of us as ballplayers did not know who Gary was,” teammate Mookie Wilson said. “We played against him and, to be honest with you, we didn’t like him. And that’s mainly because of the attitude he portrayed as being that guy who was always smiling, always happy. You go up there to hit, he’s always talking to you. You’re just trying to get your job done.”

They learned quickly that Carter would get the job done, despite his sunny disposition on a ballclub known for infighting and hard partying ways.

“He really was that happy among a bunch of animals,” Strawberry said.

Known as “Kid” for his big grin and unbridled zeal for the game, the 11-time All-Star and three-time Gold Gove winner wears an Expos cap on his plaque in Cooperstown but he will always claim a special place in the hearts of Mets fans.

“A tremendous leader, tremendous work ethic,” said Ryan Fennelly, 37, of Long Island. “He was really a leader for all the younger players on the team, the Strawberrys, the Goodens you know the substance and control in the clubhouse.”

The current Mets and coaching staff all wore blue practice jerseys with Carter’s name and number on the back during batting practice.

“Nice tribute,” Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said.

Added Mets manager Terry Collins: “It’s an honor to wear his number today.”

Carter’s wife, Sandy Carter, and their three children stood at the wall in left-center and pulled down a blue drape to reveal a black symbol shaped like home plate with “Kid” above an “8’’ — Gary’s nickname and number for nearly his entire 19-year career.

The players wore a similar patch on their right sleeve.

Members of his family were then escorted by former teammate and current Mets third base coach Tim Teufel to a spot in front of the mound where they watched a video tribute on the scoreboard.

Sandy and the three children, D.J., Christy and Kimmy, threw out ceremonial first pitches to Gary’s teammates on that championship club, Darryl Strawberry, Keith Hernandez, Ron Darling and Mookie Wilson.

The Expos traded Carter to the Mets after the 1984 season for Hubie Brooks, Mike Fitzgerald, Herm Winningham and Floyd Youmans. And Carter was a stabilizing force on a brash, young team that captivated New York. They won 98 games in ‘85, finishing second. The next year they won 108 and the World Series title in dramatic fashion.

His two-out single in the bottom of the 10th during Game 6 of the Series kicked off a stunning rally against the Boston Red Sox. Then in Game 7, Carter drove in the tying run in the sixth inning, and the Mets went on to win their most recent championship.

Photo Essay – The Jose Reyes Project

Photo Essay – The Jose Reyes Project




Miami Marlins Shortstop Jose Reyes Will Cut His Hair Friday On MLB Network

Miami Marlins Shortstop Jose Reyes Will Cut His Hair Friday On MLB Network

by Joe Capozzi

It might be hard to envision Jose Reyes without his long hair. But you’ll have a chance to get a good look at Reyes with short hair.

In fact, you can watch Jose’s hair as it’s going, going, gone! Reyes will get his haircut Friday on MLB Network, according to a tweet from one of his representatives.

“It’s official: Jose Reyes will cut off his trademark long hair Friday on the MLB Network. More details to follow,” Reyes’ agent, Chris Leible, said tonight on Twitter (@chrisleible).

Reyes’ dreads became his trademark with the Mets. But he knew he’d have to cut his hair once he signed his six-year, $105-million contract in December.

His new employer, the Miami Marlins, has team rules prohibiting long hair.

“If I have to cut it off, no problem,’ Reyes told Marlins beat writers in December. “It’s not gonna affect me the way I play the game.”

An MLB Network spokesman confirmed that Reyes will be on the show Friday.