Monday, April 26, 2021

Current Cards and Some Turkeys

A heap of fancy Cardinals and more additions to my Turkey Red collection. 
The last package I received in the mail that was postmarked with a 2020 date stamp was from Jeremy of Topps Cards That Never Were. This was another excellent bunch that included several numbered cards, the highlight of which was a 2017 Topps Heritage Minors parallel of early NL Rookie of the Year candidate Dylan Carlson. I'm not sure what kind of parallel this is (it's quite a bit paler than the base card), but it's numbered to just 25. I've been avoiding looking at the 2021 rookie card market of late, but I wonder if there's been any interest in Carlson, who won't turn 23 until after this season is over.

Tommy Edman has been the Cardinals leadoff guy all season, the first to start at that slot in the first 20 games or so since David Eckstein. Although he's locked in as the starter at second base, he's also played quite a bit of outfield in the early going due to some injuries out there.

In an interesting twist, Jack Flaherty has been getting tons of run support. He's off to a 3-0 start to the season, although pitching wins only really matter in fantasy baseball. I really like these "Carolina Blue" parallels from Donruss Optic, and would have a hard time staying away from the mega boxes they come in if I could actually find any.

Paul goes Purple Parallel on this Chrome refractor numbered to 299. Unfortunately, Goldschmidt seems to be off to his now typical slow start to the season. Hopefully warmer weather brings a warmer bat. He still is excellent in the field, as the infield defense has actually taken a step forward with Edman fully replacing Gold Glover Kolten Wong and fellow Gold Glover Nolan Arenado replacing glove owner Matt Carpenter.

I really expected Junior Fernandez to make the opening day roster considering how the team had been using him since he first was called up. He didn't, but maybe he'll get a shot later on down the road. This die cut parallel from one of Panini's prospect offerings is numbered to just 99.

Even in a pitching rotation with a couple of my favorites (Wainwright, Flaherty) in it, I'm always excited to see KK pitch. He looked really good in his second outing of the season and is a rare lefty Cardinals pitching threat.

Along with some killer Cardinals, Jeremy also sent over a huge pile of Turkey Red needs from the various 2020 Topps sets. Click or tap to view them in their full glory. If anyone has any extras of these, I still need a bunch-- mostly from Series 2.

1 comment :

  1. The current Turkey Red offerings don't do a lot for me, but that Schmidt sure is nice (and that's probably the first time that I've ever said that about one of his cards).


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