Ike’s slump, Harvey’s chances, declining Mets representation, and a whole lot of nonsense
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I don’t think you can connect Ike’s lack of game-used cards so far this year to his poor start to the season. Sets are planned out months in advance, so, if anything, it would be his season-ending injury last year (and the botched treatment) that has kept his material out of 2012 products. The good news is that he is hitting again and his one 2012 game-used card so far is a beauty – a dual Jumbo Lumber bat card booklet with Wright in 2012 Museum Collection. I’d say things are looking up.
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A month ago, I wasn’t very hopeful for getting Matt Harvey game-used cards this year, but two factors have me rethinking this. First, Pelfrey’s season-ending injury has opened a door in the rotation, and while Harvey won’t be rushed, he could find himself in a very important role when he makes his MLB debut in August or September. Second, Topps has tweeted a picture of a Harvey jersey they have in their possession, so the material is there waiting to be cut up. Between the in-hand jersey and a near-certainty of a late-season call-up, it makes sense for Topps to plan for some Harvey cards in one of their late-season products.
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Poor Mets representation in 2012 Topps sets is definitely a concern that has been noted by the blog community. Looking back at 2011, there was a lot of player diversity in Mets game-used cards, but most of those players are no longer with the team. Beltran and Reyes were mainstays who also represented the team at the All-Star game, but now they’re gone. Angel Pagan and Fernando Martinez were also starting to get some representation, but they’re gone too. Jason Bay is Jason Bay, so Topps will probably get a few more cards out for him despite his lack of production on the field. Jon Niese has been featured on one card this year and Josh Thole has all but been forgotten; Dillon Gee is the only 2011 newcomer with multiple game-used cards, all in 2012 Museum Collection. That just leaves David Wright, who is left carrying the whole team. While a lot of the other players have a strong following among the team’s faithful, they lack the widespread appeal that would make them no-brainers for game-used sets. Without that, it could be a long road ahead to get the Mets some respect from Topps. Winning would sure help in that department (their strong start this year did not go unnoticed by whoever is running their Twitter account, so that’s something).
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If we do get any game-used cards from the bench players and injury replacements in 2012, it probably won’t be until late in the year like Justin Turner’s jersey card in 2011 Bowman Sterling last December. The main problem here is the lack of exciting options; Scott Hairston and Ronny Cedeno just aren’t relevant enough to bother with, Mike Baxter, as good as he is as a pinch hitter, just has too limited an upside, and Turner has already been covered. Josh Satin has a shot given his service time last year, but he has yet to get past Taxi Squad status this year. Jordany Valdespin and Zach Lutz have a shot, but not until next year, at the earliest. Kirk Nieuwenhuis is a viable option as a regular for most of the season so far (and a pretty good one at that), but I don’t know if Topps can work quickly enough to make something happen before the end of the year.
Doug Dickey wrote:
Hey man, nice blog! Just thought I would throw it out there that I have collected R.A. Dickey since I was a kid (same last name) and I have managed to create a enormous collection. Check out my site if you want: http://dickeyscollection.webs.com
I have some of his most rare cards that you might like to take a look at in there. I’ve almost managed to collect every single one of his cards as well :).
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Sorry, but this one is staying in my collection. Your pursuit of all the Dickey in the world will forever come up short.