Friday, November 15, 2019

Payday Pack - Sweet Ninja Moves

I bought a pack of Topps Update, and didn't pull a Vlad Guerero Jr or Pete Alonso card! What's up with that? I thought they set it up so everybody gets one! No? Oh well...

3rd Place
2019 Topps Update #US69 Shed Long (RC)

Outside of having a great baseball name, I picked this card because I'm drawn to the object he's got in his pocket. What is that? A glove? One of those oven mitts they put on for stealing bases? Nunchucks? Whatever it is, it's huge and I wouldn't expect a back pocket to be able to fit it.

2nd Place
2019 Topps Update - Perennial All-Stars
#PAS-23 Ryne Sandberg

Despite the issues with the player representation on the set, I really like the design Topps used on the front. The red, white, and blue waving banner along with the circle of starts really drive home the theme of this insert set.

1st Place
2019 Topps Update #US37 Tim Beckham

In real time, you'd just see another player sliding into home plate. This frozen moment shows Beckham as a martial artist ready to fight his way to victory! Bruce Lee would be proud.

Other Contestants Not Appearing On Stage:
 #US82 Jose Alvarado
#US173 Reunited (Springer/Gonzalez) (VC)
#US12 Paul Goldschmidt
#US291 Nate Lowe (RC)
#US273 Wade Miley
#US276 Spencer Turnbull (RC)
#US158 Brian Dozier
#US150 Keston Hiura (RC)
#US101 Joe Kelly
#US218 Mitch Keller (RC)
#US194 Max Muncy (AS)
#US18 Christian Walker
#US162 Scott Alexander
#US71 Queen City Kings (Dietrich/Puig) (VC)
#US9 Masahiro Tanaka (AS)
#US106 Yasiel Puig (150th Anniversary parallel)
#FB-14 Bryce Harper (The Family Business insert)
#BH-17 Bryce Harper (Bryce Harper insert)
#US43 Josh Naylor (RC)
#US231 Mike Shawaryn (RC)
#US208 Carter Kieboom (RC, RD)
#US14 Jose Suarez (RC)
#US193 Marcus Stroman (AS)
#US93 Michael Brantley
#US122 Kris Bryant (AS)
#US201 Kevin Pillar
#US298 Carlos Santana (HRD)
#US17 Edwin Diaz
#US221 Shelby Miller
#US212 Wei-Chieh Huang (RC)
#US249 Nick Margevicius (RC)


  1. Both of those ninjas are Mariners. Has the secret to Ichiro's success always been the ancient Japanese martial arts? Perhaps his current role as instructor has been to train the Mariners in his long-hidden ninja ways. Although, it certainly didn't help the team this year.

  2. I pulled the Shed Long 150 parallel and wondered the same thing. The Perennial All-Star cards look nice with certain players/teams, such as the Sandberg. Not sure how I feel about the placement of the stars though.

  3. I hope the Shed Long mystery gets solved one day... because I just have to know what the heck that is in his pocket.