2020 Topps Series 2 Preview

Topps Series 2 rolls out this Friday and brings with it the design from Series 1. Topps did add some special inserts to spice up the checklist. Base Cards: Picking up where Series 1 left off at #350, this set starts at #351 and goes until #700. Noteable rookies include Luis Robert, Shogo Akiyama, and Brusdar Graterol. The base set includes thirteen parallels with three separate 1/1 printing plates. There are eight base variations including Randy Johnson, Tom Seaver, and Will Clark. There's also a 100 card Clear variation that are numbered out of 10. Inserts: As mentioned before, there are a good number of inserts in this set. Below is the list with quick synopsis of each: 1985 Topps Baseball

Advanced Stats by Pat #3

Number three in the series deserves some deep advanced statistics. Ever wonder why Yadier Molina's speed in MLB The Show is a zero? Read to find out: Barrel: This uses exit velocity and launch angle based off of the pitches speed to determine the optimal launch angle. I personally love this statistic because it can be used for both pitchers and hitters.To be classified as a "Barreled ball", the pitch must have an exit velocity of at least 98mph. This at 99mph, the optimal launch angle is between 25-31 degrees. The range increases the faster the pitches exit velocity is. This is sort of a double-edged sword that high velocity pitchers deal with. If you throw 98mph+, it's easier to put the bal

New Releases!

This week, three new products to rip are being released: Panini Prizm, Topps Finest, and Topps Pro Debut. Each set features tweaks and adjustments to last years versions. 2020 Panini Prizm: Release Date: June 17th, 2020 Product Details: Panini refreshed the look of their Prizm cards for this year's set. Featuring a 300 card base set and 18 parallels (yes, the donuts are back), Prizm is arguably better looking than it’s competitors Topps Chrome. Panini also added a bunch of different ways to buy the product which each have exclusive parallels. Swing over to Panini’s to check out the different ways to buy. Inserts in the set include Brilliance, Illumination, Instant Impact, Numbers Game, and S

2020 Panini Diamond Kings Review

Diamond Kings has always been a set bolstered by the artists energetic colors and abstract designs. The 2020 version of Diamond Kings is no different. The set features a 100 card base set with 70 short prints. Given that this is a smaller base set, Panini added a bunch of inserts. The pack layout tends to be 5 base cards, followed by an insert and ending with either a short print base card or an All Time Diamond King card. DK Delong is a call back to the only year of the DeLong card set. Created in 1933, this 24 card set featured mostly hall of famers, like Lou Gehrig and Jimmie Fox, with tips on how to play baseball on the backs of each card. This set only ran for one year due to Goudey rel

One Hit Wonders - Part One

Topps has done a great job with their Bowman prospect cards especially in the past two years. Wander Franco and Jasson Dominguez have hobby lovers yanking Bowman out of the suppliers hands before it even gets on the shelves. Granted, most people are selling these cards right off because of the uncertainty of these top prospects. Here’s a couple of once thought of top prospects that didn’t exactly pan out. Lastings Milledge: Milledge played 3B and pitcher most of his life before making it to the majors. Thanks to his electric bat, Milledge was a heart of the order hitter. Baseball America named him the best 16 year old in the US. He was drafted 12th overall by the Mets in 2003. In 2004, he br

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