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Friday, August 14, 2015

This Card Is Awesome

I think that this is one of my absolute favorite cards that's come out in the past few years.  I'm a huge fan of the 2013 Topps design, which is still my favorite design since the early 90's.  It's also a blue slate parallel, which is the best looking parallel since the diamond parallels from 2011 Topps.

The main attraction, of course, is a gorgeous play-at-the-plate shot.  While I'm not really a fan of Carlos Quentin, the brown pinstripes of the 80's throwback uniforms are gorgeous, and Josh Thole, the Mets catcher, is wearing an 80's Mets throwback uniform as well.

Here's a video of the play that this photograph comes from, where Padres first baseman Yonder Alonso hits a ball that's misplayed by Mets right fielder Scott Hairston and Carlos Quentin tries to go from first.  In hindsight, this is horrible base running on multiple counts for Quentin, who was "running all the way" on a ball that was very nearly caught (a tough play for sure, but definitely a make-able one), and then is thrown out by several feet at the plate.  I won't spoil the ending for you, but as this card suggests, CQ didn't come home walking or sliding.

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