Wednesday 26 June 2013

2013 Topps Series 2: Just the Catchers

Something I have been meaning to do for a while is to break down just the catcher cards from sets, it's something I do anyway, I am just taking the time to post it now. I am leaving out cards of catchers batting, so no Evan Gattis, just cards that might land in the catcher binder. Starting off with John Buck, Buck is the only catcher allowed to custom paint his mask. This card does a poor job of showing it, a major disappointment for me considering how awesome his 2011 Topps card was.

A few "Play at the Plate" cards, Iannetta is one of the few mask on cards in series two. Mesoraco is either trying to tag out Soriano or eat his soul, I'm not sure which. As a bonus we have Carlos Quentin getting ready to likely flatten Josh Thole.
I noticed a lot of horizontal cards in this set, but the catchers didn't have many, although the Wellington Castillo is the highlight of the set for me.

The majority of the cards are of the "mask off, probably fielding a bunt" variety, not a lot going on with these cards other than the Rookie Cup on the Rosario.
Four pretty boring cards right here, Sanchez does have a goalie style mask, but not a great shot of it.
More "mask off cards" and another Play at the Plate staring Erik Krantz' receding hairline.


  1. Oooh I like the Lavarnway. Haven't seen that one yet.

  2. Unfortunately, Topps was/is too lazy to get an updated photo of John Buck. Alas, that is a photoshop special from last season. I do agree with you about his snazzy helmet from this year; hopefully we'll be treated to a good shot of it in 2014 Topps.

  3. Didn't know that about Buck's helmet, cool story worth looking up. The Hanigan card is my favorite catcher card of the lot, but Quentin's card might be my favorite of this year's set. Thole got rolled, BTW. CQ was out by a mile, but jarred the ball loose. Play at the plate + retro unis= awesome.