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2013 Topps Gypsy Queen ‘Collisions At The Plate’ Subset – Yadier Molina

2013 Topps Gypsy Queen ‘Collisions At The Plate’ Subset – Yadier Molina

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 Yadier Molina card from the set:

MOLINA

 

Yadier Molina is commonly tagged as the most well-rounded catcher in the game.  Both his offense and defense are elite, and he is a perennial MVP candidate for the St. Louis Cardinals.

Entering the 2013 baseball season, Molina has won five straight Gold Glove awards for his defensive excellence at catcher.  He has a career fielding percentage of .994 over ten seasons, and he has made just 50 errors in 9,634 innings of work.

Molina has thrown out 44% of the runners that try to run against him!!

’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!!!

‘On The Road With psuGator02′ – Cardinals Team Event w/Albert Pujols – February 26, 2011

‘On The Road With psuGator02′ – Cardinals Team Event w/Albert Pujols – February 26, 2011

Cardinals’ season-ticket signing
Roger Dean Stadium
5:55 a.m.-7 p.m.
Saturday, February 26

Even though I started getting texts from friends at 11 p.m., I told myself that there was no way I was going to wait in line overnight even if that meant only making it through one line. I was halfway through the McGwire line when time lapsed. I wouldn’t do anything differently, though, as the only guy in the third line I needed was Holliday and all I had for him was cards, and I can get those done anytime. If I were anyone else, I’d probably be upset that I wasn’t able to get McGwire but I’ve gotten him a lot this spring and will most likely get him a few more times before ST ends. All my help wanted was for me to buy him breakfast and lunch. Can’t beat that. I do, however, have a problem with the way the event is organized. Those who arrived early added their ‘friends’ to the list. Those ‘friends’ didn’t even show up until very late, yet they were still allowed to cut the line.

One simple solution: pass out wristbands the night before, then line everyone up by number the day of the event. I told a Roger Dean employee that something better needed to be figured out for next year. His response was that fans were responsible for policing themselves.

P.J. Walters: was supposed to be the very first player in the Pujols line but either he wasn’t there or I missed him
Skip Schumaker: 1/1  in blue Sharpie, 1/1 help  in blue Sharpie
Ryan Theriot: 1/1 in blue Sharpie, 1/1 help (card) in blue Sharpie
Ian Snell: 2/2 (’08 Ginter and ’08 Ginter Delaware), 1/1 help (’08 Ginter) in blue Sharpie…….still a great signer
Jason Motte: 1/1 (’09 Ginter) in blue Sharpie, 1/1 help (’09 Ginter) in blue Sharpie…Tried to give him two more. “I think we’re only supposed to do one.”

Albert Pujols: 1/1 (Kings and their Castles poster) in blue Sharpie, 1/1 help (11×14 SI image) in blue Sharpie…..rookie mistake: had ridged cardboard under the poster…..look closely enough and you can see the ridges in Pujols’ graph. Probably would have been better had I put a toploader or something thicker under the poster. Sharpie also skipped a tad though it’s barely noticeable. The photo was thick so the graph came out fine even though the cardboard was under it…. Funny story: my adopted sister’s brother helped me. He knows nothing about baseball or autographs. He wasn’t sure what to do with the photo I had given him so he asked me for help. Albert heard him and got pissed for some odd reason. “This photo is for you (me) and not for him?” I told him that he was my brother, then asked why it mattered. I guess that ticked off Albert and he gave me what looks like his ballpark graph. Guy is a real tool. I had two tickets so why does it matter who keeps the graphs?

Had a late lunch at my favorite Jupiter restaurant. You guessed it. McGwire walked in as we were walking out. We stayed in the car for almost an hour. Seemed like he was taking a long time to eat so my brother went back in to purchase a soda. McGwire was still inside. My friend made eye contact with McGwire’s wife. She must have said something to Mark about my friend recognizing him. Instead of leaving out the front door, McGwire must have left through the kitchen. There’s absolutely no way we could have missed him because our eyes were glued to the door the whole time he was inside. Would have been nice to get two more graphs from him. But I can’t complain because I’ve done pretty well with him the last few weeks.

‘On The Road With psuGator02′ – Cardinals Camp – February 12, 2011

‘On The Road With psuGator02′ – Cardinals Camp – February 12, 2011

8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Roger Dean Stadium
Jupiter, Fla.
Saturday, Feb. 12

It had been so long since I had seen a baseball thrown or batted that I had to arrive early. Just like my buddy had said, none of the players signed going in and, unfortunately, few signed going out. It didn’t help that there must have been 25 graphers there and most appeared to be dealers. A complete waste of time, in my opinion, if you consider the time expended. But one event flamed out while I didn’t get concrete info on another. So I was left to graph the Cardinals. Had Molina not stopped it would’ve been a total failure.

Red Schoendienst: 0/1 going in, 0/1 going out though he did wave….A D-list HOFer turned me down and turned me down twice. I love it LOL
Colby Rasmus: 0/1..sort of shocked at this one. I’ve never seen him not sign. I should say, though, that every time he’s signed for me he’s ALWAYS been with a HOT woman….No woman today
Kyle Lohse: 0/1 going in, 0/1 going out….Only way I’ll get him is at the team signing. A newbie asked a local if Lohse signed and the local didn’t even comment, just laughed
Chris Carpenter: 0/1 going in, 0/1 going out
Robert Stock: 0/1 going out…probably would’ve stopped but wasn’t recognized until it was too late
Jaime Garcia: 2/2  in blue Sharpie….He was 1-per but I gave him two, and I think that’s the reason he may have smeared the second
Jake Westbrook: 1/1 (minor-league card)….he was personalizing everything that wasn’t a card….I’m sure people out there are going to make a mint off signed photos of this guy that aren’t personalized.
Yadier Molina: 1/1 (’08 Ginter) in blue Sharpie….been the bane of my existence these last few years….Can’t tell you how many times he’s turned me down when my item was in his face. Even when he has signed he’s given total crap. Not sure what was going on today but not only was he way cool but he took his time with the graph and even would have done a second. I got a bit excited when I looked at the finished graph. THANKS YADI
Jason Motte: 0/1 while jogging…..I left at 12:30 p.m. and he was the only Cardinal still inside the clubhouse. I knew he would’ve done everything I had if I had waited but I was cold and hungry so I left….He looks great, having shaved the beard and lost some weight

Not going back until public workouts begin…..