In 2013 Topps featured Carlton Fisk in a number of products, which made me extremely happy. In Series 2, Fisk was featured in the Rookie of the Year Award Winners set, which means he had a another manufactured relic, akin to Series 1:
2013 Topps Series 2 Rookie of the Year Award Winner
This card commemorates the fact that Fisk won the AL Rookie of the Year in 1972. I like this card, but I am confused on the choice of the image. Topps didn’t use the image from his ’72 rookie card, which would have made a lot more sense. Aside from that, this card has a nice design. The red and white border around the image work well with the team colors of the Red Sox. The card is very thick and a bit difficult to store.
This is a nice addition to my growing collection of Fisk relics, and in a sense, the fact that it is a manufactured relic doesn’t bother me all that much. Afterall, jersey and bat cards aren’t guaranteed to be player worn or even game used anymore.