Wes, who recently went on sabbatical from his blog, Jaybarkerfan’s Junk, did his homework before he sent me a package. Most know that I am a fan of the Red Sox; however, there are a few other teams that I favor over others.
One of those teams is the New York Mets. Previously, I have explained why the Mets have long been a favorite team. Wes has paid attention, as the overwhelming majority of the cards that he sent over were Mets, which was an exciting departure from what other bloggers have sent.
For the first part of this 3-part series, I wanted to show of a handful of the non-hit, Mets cards, though they are still impressive.
2014 Topps RCT-1, Tome Seaver
2008 Upper Deck Masterpieces, #105, Tom Seaver
First up, are two Tom Seavers that Wes sent my way. Seaver is one of those players that belongs in a Hall of Fame within the Hall of Fame. He had one of the greatest careers of any pitcher, ever. To add to his likability is the fact that he played for the Mets, Reds, and Red Sox, three of my favorite teams. Both of these cards were needed for my pathetic Seaver collection. I have most of the ’07 Masterpieces set, so now I will have to go after the ’08 set.
2006 Topps Chrome #31, Tom Glavine
This is a refractor, though it doesn’t show up well on the scan. Glavine was well past his prime by the time he donned a Mets uniform, and seeing him in a uniform other than the Braves is off putting. Regardless, this is a shiny card of one of the best pitchers of my lifetime.
2013 Topps Chrome #180, Zack Wheeler
2013 Topps Update #US220, Zack Wheeler
With all of the praise that Matt Harvey received in his first year, Wheeler quietly put together a solid first year. While his second year wasn’t as strong, he has been a very reliable starter, and should be an integral part of the Mets’ rotation moving forward.
2014 Donruss #110, Matt Harvey
Numbered 219/227, this card is part of the Season Stat Line parallel set. Harvey was part of the slew of young pitchers that had elbow troubles this past year. His return next year will be fun to watch.
2003 Topps Chrome # 311, Pedro Astacio
This is a Gold Refractor, numbered 393/449. All told, Wes sent over a red parallel, base, Purple, and Gold refractors, as well as numbered cards.
Wes, thank you for your generosity.