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2013 Topps Update ‘Postseason Heroes’ Subset – Justin Verlander

2013 Topps Update ‘Postseason Heroes’ Subset – Justin Verlander

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 Justin Verlander from the set:



In his 9 season career, Justin Verlander has made it to the MLB postseason four times.  He has yet to win a World Series title, but he did play in both the 2006 and 2012 World Series.

Verlander has a 7-5 postseason record, including going 0-3 in the World Series.  He has a 3.28 ERA in 15 postseason starts and has struck out 108 batters in 93 innings of work while walking just 29.

Justin Verlander 2006 Topps Turkey Red ‘First Year’ – Can Anyone Tell Me More About This Card??

Justin Verlander 2006 Topps Turkey Red ‘First Year’

Just another of the many cards I have scooped from this set…


And like many of the others, this one also looks fantastic!

It is kind of hard to make out, but under the standard Topps Turkey Red logo is an additional line that says, ‘First Year’.  Does anyone know what this is for – is this more rare than what I originally thought??

Any info you can provide would be great.  Thank you!!!

Justin Verlander Agrees To Record Extension With The Detroit Tigers

From Yahoo Sports

Detroit Tigers ace Justin Verlander has agreed to a multi-year contract extension that could earn him $202 million over the next eight seasons, the richest contract ever for a pitcher.

Due $40 million over the next two seasons on his existing contract, Verlander and the Tigers extended that by $140 million – at an average annual value of $28 million – through the 2019 season. A vesting option for 2020 is worth another $22 million.

The guaranteed portion of the contract – $180 million – surpasses the previous high for a pitcher; Seattle’s Felix Hernandez signed for $175 million over six years in February.

Verlander, who turned 30 in February, is among his generation’s most feared and decorated pitchers. He was the American League’s Cy Young Award winner and Most Valuable Player in 2011. He was second in the Cy Young race last season and was third in 2009. He no-hit the Milwaukee Brewers in 2007, then the Toronto Blue Jays in 2011. He has led the AL in wins (twice), ERA, innings (three times) and strikeouts (three times).

Already having spent big in recent years on Prince Fielder ($214 million) and Miguel Cabrera ($152.3 million), the Tigers – and owner Mike Ilitch – locked up Verlander two seasons before the right-hander could be a free agent. And while long-term deals with pitchers are considered risky, Verlander has made at least 30 starts in each of his seven major-league seasons and at least 33 in every season since 2008.

“Justin is one of the premier pitchers in baseball and we are thrilled to keep him in a Tigers uniform for many years to come,” Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski said in a Friday morning statement. “Justin has been a Tiger for his entire career and he is on pace to be one of the greatest pitchers in this illustrious franchise’s history.”

Verlander hinted at the contract extension Friday via Twitter, typing, “Today is going to be a great day. Big news coming!”

About 15 minutes later, he added, “I love this city & the fans – couldn’t be more excited to spend my career here! We’re going to bring a World Series to Detroit!!”

2012 Topps ‘Mound Dominance’ Subset – Card #MD-2 – Justin Verlander, Detroit Tigers

2012 Topps ‘Mound Dominance’ Subset – Card #MD-2 – Justin Verlander, 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#2 – Justin Verlander, Detroit Tigers


The dominant day – June 12, 2007.  On this day, Verlander threw the first of the two no-hitters of his career thus far.  This performance was superb – 0 hits, 0 earned runs, 12 strikeouts, just 4 walks, and 112 pitches thrown.  The Tigers beat the Brewers by a score of 4-0.  And, amazingly, Verlander was just as dominant in the ninth inning as he was in the 9th – he was clocked at 102 MPH in inning number nine!!

Progress – 2/15


Baseball Card Show Purchase #1 – Justin Verlander 2006 Upper Deck ROOKIE Card

Baseball Card Show Purchase #1 – Justin Verlander 2006 Upper Deck ROOKIE Card

I had no intention of buying a Justin Verlander rookie card, or any card for that matter, but when I saw this guy resting in a bargain bin, I figured that it was worth the dime that it cost me to bring home.

And after Justin’s performance in Game 1 of the ALDS, I knew that I made the right decision.

This guy is one of the Top 5 pitchers in the game right now.  He has a lot of qualities that I like in my pitchers.  It’s just a shame that MLB does not market their pitchers the way that they do their hitters – Verlander should be a household name!!!

Justin Verlander: Your 2011 AL MVP!!!!

DETROIT — Justin Verlander’s case for winning the American League MVP is closed. His trophy case, on the other hand, had better be open, because he’s going to need room.

With a no-hitter, an AL pitching Triple Crown and a Tigers division title on his resume, Verlander on Monday became the first starting pitcher in a quarter-century — and the first Tiger since 1984 — to win the AL Most Valuable Player Award, beating out former teammate Curtis Granderson and others for the league’s highest individual honor.

Verlander received 13 of 28 first-place votes from members of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America, two in each AL city. Just as important, Verlander received three votes for second place and three votes for third, boosting his points total to 280.

Red Sox center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury received four first-place and 13 second-place votes and finished second overall with 242 points. Blue Jays right fielder Jose Bautista was third with five first-place votes and 231 points.

Granderson garnered three first-place votes and 215 points to finish fourth, while Cabrera received two first-place votes and 193 points to place fifth. Michael Young of the Rangers received one first-place vote but finished eighth in the balloting.

The National League MVP will be revealed on Tuesday. MLB.com’s live coverage begins at 1:30 p.m. ET.

The last starting pitcher to be named AL MVP was Roger Clemens of the Red Sox in 1986. The last pitcher to win the award was A’s closer Dennis Eckersley in 1992.

Verlander’s total shows how much voters accepted the idea that a pitcher is worthy of being MVP. It would have taken just a few voters in adamant opposition to keep him from the honor, since they might have left him completely off their ballot. One of them did: Jim Ingraham of The Herald-News in Ohio, who told The Associated Press that he was opposed to pitchers being eligible for the award. Verlander also received one eighth-place vote. Sheldon Ocker of the Akron Beacon Journal cast that ballot, AP reported.

But those two ballots didn’t prevent Verlander from winning.

Verlander became the Tigers’ fifth MVP in the past 70 seasons. All of them have been pitchers, joining Verlander with relief great Guillermo Hernandez in 1984, 31-game-winner Denny McLain in 1968 and Hal Newhouser in 1944 and ’45.

Verlander wouldn’t allow the MVP debate to overshadow his AL Cy Young award last week. Still, it was clear that it was on his mind, and he didn’t hide the fact that he wanted the dual honor.

“If you had told me at the beginning of the year I would be a shoo-in for the Cy Young, I would have been excited and ecstatic. I would’ve never even thought about the MVP,” Verlander told reporters on his Cy Young conference call.

Verlander went into a detailed explanation why he believed pitchers deserved to be considered alongside everyday position players for MVP. The impact that a starting pitcher has on determining the course of a game was one of his reasons, and he estimated that a good start gives a team an overwhelming chance to win. The impact that a dominant starter has on the use of a bullpen was another reason.

Yet another, he said, was the current trend in Cy Young voting toward the best statistical pitcher in a season. There must be a place for the most valuable pitcher, he said, and he believed MVP was it.

The way Verlander pitched this season, he dominated both the statistics and the results. Verlander topped all Major Leaguers with 24 wins and 250 strikeouts and led the AL with a 2.40 ERA, becoming the first to lead the American League in all three categories since Johan Santana of the Twins in 2006 and the first Tigers pitcher since Newhouser in 1945. No AL pitcher won so many games in a season since Bob Welch won 27 for the 1990 powerhouse Oakland Athletics. No Major League pitcher had posted that combination of strong Triple Crown stats in the same season since Randy Johnson of the D-backs in 2002, no American Leaguer since Oakland’s Vida Blue in 1971.

Verlander also led AL pitchers with 251 innings, a .192 opponents’ batting average and a 0.92 WHIP (walks plus hits per innings pitched) ratio.

The Tigers went 25-9 in games Verlander started, accounting for better than a quarter of their win total. But his impact went well beyond that. His win opposite Jered Weaver and the Angels on July 31 was cited as a game that gave the Tigers confidence that they could compete with and beat the best teams in the league. His May 7 no-hitter coincided with the stretch during which the Tigers began to dig out from a slow start. His 16-3 record against division opponents made him a difference-maker in an AL Central race that was close for much of the summer until Detroit pulled away down the stretch.

Justin Verlander Wins American League Cy Young Award With Unanimous Vote

DETROIT — In the end, the only question about the American League Cy Young Award was Justin Verlander’s margin of victory. It was unanimous.

The result was inevitable once Verlander captured the league’s pitching Triple Crown. Tuesday was the coronation, making Verlander the Tigers’ first Cy Young winner since Guillermo Hernandez in 1984, and the first Tigers starting pitcher to win it since Denny McLain in 1969.

Verlander received every one of the 28 first-place votes cast by two members of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America in each AL city — good for 196 points. The Angels’ Jered Weaver received 17 second-place votes and was second in the voting with 97 points, followed by James Shields of the Rays with 66 and CC Sabathia of the Yankees with 63.

Hernandez paired up his Cy Young with a Most Valuable Player Award. Verlander will find out if he has done the same when AL MVP results are announced next Tuesday. That announcement should have a lot more suspense than this one did.

The results fell in line with history for pitchers to win the three Triple Crown categories — wins, earned-run average and strikeouts. Verlander was the 12th to do it, and all have won the Cy Young that year, including Sandy Koufax in back-to-back years when there was only one award encompassing both leagues. All but one of the previous Triple Crown-Cy Young winners had been unanimous, the lone exception being Roger Clemens missing a few first-place votes in 1997 while on a Blue Jays team that didn’t make the playoffs.

Any question regarding a great pitcher on a noncontending team didn’t exist this year. The Tigers’ first postseason run since 2006 came in no small part due to Verlander, whose consistent dominance provided Detroit with a true ace and a losing-streak stopper on its way to its first division title in 24 years.

Verlander topped all AL pitchers with 24 wins, a 2.40 ERA and 250 strikeouts, becoming the first American Leaguer to do that since Johan Santana of the Twins in 2006 and the first Tigers pitcher since Hal Newhouser in 1945. No AL pitcher won so many games in a season since Bob Welch won 27 for the 1990 powerhouse Oakland Athletics. No Major League pitcher had posted that combination of strong Triple Crown stats in the same season since Randy Johnson of the D-backs in 2002, no American Leaguer since Oakland’s Vida Blue in 1971.

Verlander also led AL pitchers with 251 innings, a .192 opposing batting average and a 0.92 WHIP (walks plus hits per innings pitched) ratio.

If there was a stat for intimidation, he might have won that, too. Between his 100-mph fastball, sharp-breaking curveball, pinpoint command and his ardent belief — almost arrogance — that no player should be able to get a hit if a pitcher executes his pitch, he was the most formidable pitcher in the game.

“When you take that kind of stuff out there, three outstanding pitches and one average pitch, that’s pretty tough,” Tigers manager Jim Leyland said.

This was the Verlander many Tigers officials, notably Leyland, believed he could be once he combined his immense talent with a smart approach to hitters. But they couldn’t expect these overwhelming results.

“Obviously from a personal standpoint, it was an amazing year,” Verlander said earlier this month upon being honored as MLB Player of the Year as part of the Players Choice Awards. “I worked extremely hard for this, and I told you guys a few times, if you expect greatness, it shouldn’t surprise you. I’ve always expected myself to be able to pitch this way. It still doesn’t surprise me that I did.”

His May 7 no-hitter at Toronto was the most dominant pitching performance of the season, with an 11-pitch, eighth-inning walk to J.P. Arencibia accounting for the lone baserunner. His handful of attempts at another no-no, including two bids that lasted into the eighth inning, provided the best suspense of the summer until the playoff races arrived.

He could overpower hitters one night, then finesse them to defeat five nights later. None of his no-hit bids featured the same mix of pitches.

“He works all his pitches, and he really believes in every single one of them,” said Orlando Cabrera, who broke up one of those no-hit bids with an eighth-inning single for Cleveland in June. “He can throw every single pitch for a strike.”

Still, for much of the summer, Verlander wasn’t a clear-cut Cy Young favorite, exchanging the wins lead with Sabathia and jostling for lowest ERA with Weaver. Verlander took command of the race when he outpitched Weaver in a highly-touted matchup July 31 at Comerica Park, taking a no-hit bid through seven innings before allowing an Erick Aybar bunt single. The Tigers won the game, 3-2.

That was Verlander’s third win in a streak of 12 straight victories in as many starts before the Orioles roughed him up in his regular-season finale. Weaver had an opportunity to take the ERA title, but he was scratched from his final start.

By then, the argument was largely over, anyway. Verlander began the year as a pitcher who gave Leyland fits at times because of the potential he had. He ended it having proven himself as the best pitcher Leyland has ever managed.