January 12, 2011

Putting the 2010 Topps Set To Bed

I've finally gotten rid of my 2010 Update extra cards and there are 2011 Topps Series 1 group breaks sprouting up so it is officially time to put this set to bed. I must admit that I really didn't like this set at first but as the year went on it wore me down and I actually collected some of the insert sets. Here are a few of my favorites from the set and I can't wait until next year.

If the Twins lose Thome to the Rangers or any other team I will be pissed. Thome wants more money and he should get a lot more than the $1.5 million he was paid last year. I just hope there are more Thome as a Twin cards in my future.

#US-252 Jim Thome
I don't really know if you track the handedness [yes, handedness] of our Presidents but for the first 200 odd years of our nation's history being a left-handed President was the odd thing...recently though 3 out of our last 4 presidents have been left handed [H.W. Bush, Clinton, and Obama].

In this card from the "More Tales Of The Game" series, you'll see Harry Truman was using his left hand there to throw out the first pitch. Harry was actually ambidextrous and could have done it with either hand.

#MTOG-13 Harry Truman 1st Pitch


This was the only alternate version/short print that I pulled for 2010. The Palmer card replaces #185 in the Update set which is the rookie card for Orioles pitcher Brian Matusz.

#US-185 Jim Palmer


Brian was the 4th overall pick from the 2008 draft [he was drafter right ahead of Buster Posey] and went 10-12 in 2010.

#US-185 Brian Matusz

Like Thome, Berkman is one of those aging stars that is now on the one-year contract rotation through the league. Berkman signed with the Cardinals in early December after having a pretty brutal second half of the season with the Yankees.

#US-88 Lance Berkman

I'm really hoping that Carlos Santana becomes more of a Johnny Bench than a Sandy Alomar Jr...or to put it in terms the other Carlos Santana might appreciate, I hope he is more of a "Black Magic Woman" than "Smooth."

#US-330 Carlos Santana [Rookie Card]

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