Completed insert set – 2012 Topps Career Day

23 09 2014

I completed an insert set from 2012 Topps series 2 almost a year ago that I forgot to post about – Career Day.  This was finished up with a trade from Jeff’s Collections.  Ryan Braun (cheater) was the final card – so I don’t know how I feel about that part! 🙂  Considering I completed this back in 2013, though, this post has been a while coming!

Info about the set:

Set description: “Celebrating some of the biggest single-game performances in MLB history”.  These cards are horizontally oriented, with the words Career Day down at the bottom and the date of the accomplishment and a small write-up over those words.  The player is shown above with a faded background and the team logo to the right side.  The back shows the player’s stat line from that day, and describes the player’s day.  There are 14 retired players and 11 current stars.

Set composition: 25 cards, 1:6 hobby odds (series 2)

Hall of Famers: 13 – Al Kaline, Stan Musial, Sandy Koufax, Joe DiMaggio, Frank Robinson, Mike Schmidt, Johnny Bench, Reggie Jackson, Willie Mays, Jackie Robinson, Mickey Mantle, Roberto Clemente, Yogi Berra

How I put the set together:

  • 5 cards from my HTA Jumbo box
  • 2 cards from other hobby/retail packs
  • 1 card from Sportlots
  • 17 cards from trades

Thoughts on the set:  This is a good idea and a nice design.  Like many insert sets from Topps, I like the idea, but not enthused by the execution.  It’s really a set to talk about big days that handpicked players had – not the “biggest days of all time” like the sell sheet description says.

  • Albert Pujols – 10/22/11, World Series game 3.  Three homers in the World Series – that certainly qualifies.
  • Reggie Jackson – 10/18/77, World Series game 6.  See the above – 3 home runs in the World Series.
  • Stan Musial – 5/2/54.  Musial became the first player to hit five home runs on the same day – blasting 3 homers in the first game of a double-header and 2 more in the second.
  • Sandy Koufax – 9/9/65.  Koufax’s struck out 14 batters – the most in a perfect game.
  • Joe DiMaggio – 7/9/37.  DiMaggio became the first player to hit for the cycle and hit 2 homers.  It’s been done a few times since – including by DiMaggio again!
  • Mike Schmidt – 4/17/76.  Schmidt hit 4 homers, one of only 13 players who have done this.
  • Willie Mays – 4/30/61.  Mays also hit 4 homers in this game.

Some of the other active players I understand keeping – but I’d have tried to include a few of the following games:

  • Don Larsen’s perfect game in the 1956 World Series
  • Kerry Wood’s 20-strikeout, 1-hitter
  • Clemens and Johnson’s 20-K games
  • Mark Whiten’s 4-homer, 12-RBI game against the Reds in 1993
  • Jim Bottomley and his 12-RBI game in 1924
  • Wilbert Robinson’s 7-hit, 11-RBI game in 9 innings in 1892
  • Shawn Green’s 19 total bases (and 4 homers) in 2002
  • Roy Halladay – pick either your no-hitter in the post-season or his perfect game

Card that completed my set: #CD-10 – Ryan Braun

I got this card in a recent trade nearly a year ago with the Jeff’s Collections.  Doesn’t look like Jeff’s blogging any more – but he did help me out at the time!

Highest book value: #CD-22 – Mickey Mantle

Best card (my opinion): #CD-12 – Reggie Jackson

It looks like Topps got one of Mr. October’s 3 swings in the photo.

My Favorite Reds card: #CD-17 – Joey Votto

Beats out the Bench card.

2012 Topps Career Day set

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