When I was a kid, there was nothing like the feeling I got when the local candy store busted out the new edition of Topps Baseball Cards. I couldn’t wait to start tearing open those waxpacks, tossing out the gum and desperately start thumbing through them all hoping to find a Met. Five bucks and ten waxpacks later, I’d be lucky if had 5-6 Mets baseball cards – and that included doubles – I hated doubles! Know the feeling?
I was a team collector and the fun of it for me was hand collating my own Mets team sets. What’s that you ask? Oh, yes, I still have them.
Topps has already released their 2013 Series 1 baseball cards for the year, and my first reaction to seeing them was… Total bummer!
When the Mets tweeted the Ike Davis card this week, I decided to do some exploring to find out which Mets made the cut.
What a shock… No Josh Edgin, no Matt Harvey, and no David Wright… And as for their rookie card, no Zack Wheeler! Really?
Read ‘em and weep…
Here they are and right off the bat, I gotta say I love the Kirk Nieuwenhuis card where he’s making a diving grab. For some reason unbeknownst to me, I’ve always had a fondness for horizontal cards going all the way back to that classic 1971 set with the black borders – remember the Tommie Agee and Bud Harrelson cards?
I expected a Johan Santana card, but how about something a little bit more special in light of his no-hitter? Maybe a gold foil name instead of silver like the rest of the cast.
Anyway, here are the 13 players who made the cut for Series 1…
21- Lucas Duda
43- R A Dickey
60- Jon Rauch
89- Johan Santana
109- Kirk Nieuwenhuis
129- Ike Davis
139- Bobby Parnell
144- Jason Bay
156- Dillon Gee
250- Jonathon Niese
271- Jeurys Familia RC
300- Daniel Murphy
312- Scott Hairston
I don’t buy cards anymore and stopped collecting years ago, but I bet if I ran to the store to pick up a pack today, the first Met I’d get is Jason Bay… I was never lucky when it came to buying cards by the pack, but it was worth it just for the smell of them… Those were the good ol’ days.