This Verlander is by far my favorite card that I pulled. The design echoes 1984, the composition is good, and the lack of logo is less noticeable from this angle. And I'm glad that he got to play on a contending, and then championship, team. In a way I'm glad that Houston won the World Series and in a way I don't like it. The negative aspect is that there are only a few teams with a longer championship drought than my Bucs, and Houston had been one of them. So the list is shorter now, and the Pirates look ever more futile. The positive aspect is that the fourth largest city in the US should be able to put together a winner every now and then, and they've had some good runs in the past that never quite paid off. I've said many times that the 1980 Phillies winning the World Series was a formative experience for me; it's easy to think that team with Rose, Schmidt, Carlton, and many other excellent players was bound to win. But the 1980 NLCS against the Astros was incredibly close. Most of the games, including the decisive Game 5, went to extra innings. The way Manny Trillo, Larry Bowa, and Garry Maddox are revered in Philly, could have happened to, say, Jose Cruz, Enos Cabell, and Art Howe in Houston.
|L.A. leaders card -- Kershaw and Seager.|
|Two of J.D. Martinez.|
|Two of Buster Posey.|
So, that's my annual venture to get some modern cards. I will have another post up on a couple of modern cards that I received from COMC soon. Thanks for reading!