Yeah, I know I've barely posted anything this year, and I am trying to change that, but let's at least start with some new cards I nabbed today at Target. Because 2015 Topps is still fresh in the minds of the blogosphere, and me, I decided to get 2 hanger boxes of the stuff.
135- Matt Dominguez. One of the many misfits that make up the starting nine in Houston.
170- Tommy Medica. Will likely see less playing time thanks to the Carnival of Contracts debuting in San Diego.
26- Bryce Brentz
199- Eric Young Jr. Looks like Junior will be similar to his father, in that they're both journeyman outfielders with a nice amount of speed.
175- Adrian Beltre, whose job will be to carry the entire Rangers team, like usual, this year.
104- Bud Norris, who finally had some nice games in Baltimore last year.
330- Brian Duensing. Y'know, normally this would be the last card in the set. Topps decided they wanted to throw 20 extra BS cards in this year.
28- Alex Cobb.
73- Freddie Freeman, who, as promised, is easing into the Chipper Jones Obligatory Leader position.
188- MadBum PS Highlight
256- Adam Eaton
247- Aaron Hill. Which Aaron Hill will show up this year? The one from 2009 and 2012, or any of the other ones?
127- League Leaders
81- Chris Young, coming off a pretty nice season.
18- Cody Allen
35- Brandon Moss, now on the Indians.
232- Andrew Susac, backup catcher in San Francisco.
94- Tommy Kahnle
141- Cory Spangenberg RC (Shiny Version)
Archetype of Jackie Robinson. Have this one.
Highlight of the Year of Mike Schmidt. I will never not be excited to pull a Mike Schmidt card.
Jackie Robinson story insert of his years of military service.
ROBBED insert of Michael Morse, who is now in Miami, after finally getting a World Series ring.
First Pitch insert of 50 CENT. Would have loved someone I actually care about, but Fiddy is a decent one.
Free Agent 40 insert of REGGIE JACKSON...ON THE YANKEES! Very nice.
72- Jordan Lyles
55- Trevor May RC
216- Greg Holland. The guy's 29 and has 113 saves. If he has seasons like his last two, we could be looking at another Trevor Hoffman.
99- Yonder Alonso
174- Jesus Guzman
345- Brandon Cumpton
103- Guilder Rodriguez. Never thought I'd ever encounter a card of someone named after the rival village from the Princess Bride.
137- Alcides Escobar, one of the best infielders in the game right now.
3- Rene Rivera
312- Kyle Lobstein
102- Gordon Beckham. Beckham is back with the White Sox, but it was nice of Topps to give us a card of him on the Angels.
17- Brian McCann, who I'm actually really thankful to have on my team.
109- Doug Fister, one of the strongest pitchers in the game to not be the first starter.
125- Troy Tulowitzki. As much as the gossipers want him in pinstripes, I'm not certain that he'd be too great here. I could be disastrously wrong, though.
212- Cliff Lee. I'm hoping for another great season from this guy. He's great to watch.
192- Joc Pederson RC
347- Dexter Fowler
229- Bryan Morris
139- Gary Brown RC
323- Eric Hosmer. I have all of these.
76- Ian Kennedy
144- Rusney Castillo RC
93- Andre Ethier. Finally one I don't have.
24- Mets tc
210- Salvador Perez checklist.
221- Jason Kipnis
234- Brandon Belt. Back into the cards I need.
30- Tanner Roark, who's now the 5th starter, proving how ridiculously packed the Nationals rotation is.
203- Paul Goldschmidt, who has made a lot of progress in a few years.
105- Jeff Baker
208- Wilin Rosario, who has become one of the best hitting catchers in the NL.
187- Marlon Byrd. Well, it only took ten years and seven changes of teams, but Marlon Byrd finally put up some good numbers for the Phillies...only for them to trade him to Cincinnati.
191- Yimi Garcia
244- Bartolo Colon. OH MY GOODNESS GO AWAY ALREADY!
226- Dioner Navarro. Hey, remember when people cared about this guy?
264- Tony Cingrani, who the Reds need this year.
46- Wilson Ramos, who was traded for Matt Capps. Nice acquisition for the Nats.
68- Lonnie Chisenhall, who FINALLY had a nice season last year.
118- Domonic Brown. Where was the stuff he had in 2013?
108- Jorge Soler rookie. Very, very nice.
54- Joe Nathan, one of the best closers in the game right now.
193- Buck Farmer
Yasiel Puig 1st Home Run
Jose Abreu 1st Home Run
77- Edwin Escobar
246- Chris Carter. According to his back bio, he's seen the movie Gone in 60 Seconds at least 20 times. That's a lot of Cage.
287- Everth Cabrera, who was just cut last week.
241- Dilson Herrera
182- Devin Mesoraco, who had a hell of a year last year.
183- Craig Gentry
65- Alexei Ramirez, still a great presence in the White Sox lineup.
225- JACOBY ELLSBURY
44- Gio Gonzalez, who is the unofficial sixth member of the Nationals rotation.
5- Josh Donaldson, now on the Blue Jays
120- Yoenis Cespedes, now (thankfully) on the Tigers.
25- Jose Bautista. I don't think he took steroids anymore. I like him slightly more now. Still plays in my division, but he's okay to me.
9- Hunter Pence WS Game 4. MORE PENCE CARDS! YES!
219- Kennys Vargas
140- Alex Avila
303- Ike Davis, now on the A's
97- Dalton Pompey, who is being touted for a huge rookie season.
243- Al Albuquerque.
298- Rymer Liriano RC
59- Jake Odorizzi GOLD #D TO 2015
Giancarlo Stanton Archetypes insert
Highlight of the Year of Enos Slaughter. Not every day you see him on a current card.
Jackie Robinson story I already have
A card of Sandra Day O'Connor.
Inspired Play of Cabrera and Kaline
237- Lucas Duda. One of the best hitters on the Mets.
84- Jonathan Schoop
128- Anthony Swarzak
329- Logan Forsythe
101- Scooter Gennett, the guy who booted Rickie Weeks out of Milwaukee
268- Aroldis Chapman. Best closer in baseball? Best closer in baseball.
168- John Jaso
194- David Murphy, whose Topps card is way too boring this year.
143- Jonathan Papelbon, who Ken Giles is chasing after this year in Philly.
238- Hyun-Jin Ryu, the strong third-starter in LA
34- Charlie Blackmon
141- A regular version of the Cory Spangenberg rookie card
282- Alex Presley
296- Charlie Morton
134- Brett Lawrie, now on the Athletics
344- Manny Parra
279- Coco Crisp
122- Corey Kluber, the AL Cy Young winner
51- Ryan Howard, who has definitely slowed down
315- Javier Baez RC
40- Joakim Soria. Very happy about this guy's comeback.
79- Starling Marte
317- Clayton Kershaw cl
43- Starlin Castro
314- Jackie Bradley Jr
88- MadBum WS Game 7
270- Steven Moya
155- Jesse Chavez
228- Jake Peavy. Sometimes I forget how long he's been pitching for.
75- Dustin Pedroia
293- Zach Duke
11- Jon Jay
130- Mike Napoli, who needs to go away.
27- Kendrys Morales, now in Kansas City
198- Alexi Ogando
47- Anthony Rizzo
Victor Martinez 1st Home Run
Adam Jones 1st Home Run
Those were pretty nice. I got a nice selection out of those.