Saturday, May 11, 2019

A Year of Living Dangerously

Topps is back for a second year with The Living Set, but the truth is that it never really stopped. Felix Jorge is the just the 3rd Minnesota Twin featured in the set, and it turns out that shortly after this card was produced, Jorge was waived by the Twins and became a free agent.

Still just 25 years old, Felix made his debut for the Twins jumping several levels in the minors. His promotion had a good deal to do with the other available arms in the Twins' system - Jorge was able to be added to the 40-Man roster, then the 25-Man MLB roster without being overly concerned about service time. After being DFA'd, then outright released, he would still re-sign with the Twins, but became a free agent again at the end of the 2018 season. Jorge is currently playing for the Billngs Mustangs in the Cincinnati Reds minor league chain.

The first Twin of 2019 in the Living Set? Jake Odorizzi, who is currently in the middle of 20 inning scoreless streak, is having a very good second season with MN.

That cartoon choice is strange... Both cards mention Jose Berrios, who was the first Twins player featured in the Living Set. Odorizzi will be looking to extend that scoreless innings streak later this week!

Finally, the most recent Topps Living Set entry featured Mr. Boomstick himself, Nelson Cruz. He joined the Twins in the off-season, and will be the team's primary DH, the biggest veteran free agent bat the Twins have added since Jim Thome.

Cruz is one of the few MLB players older than me left, so I am happy to have him on the team to feel a little less old. It doesn't hurt that he's been hitting well in the middle of a very potent Twins lineup. The team currently leads all of baseball in slugging percentage.

Cruz brings the total number of Twins in the Living Set to five - Berrios and Joe Mauer were added in season in 2018, and these three guys since the end of last season. Is your team well represented in the Living set? Manny Machado already has two cards in the set on his own (and now that he's with a new team, will probably get a third one before too long).

I'm looking forward to cards for some retired Twins greats - like Killebrew, Carew, Blyleven... or current players like Eddie Rosario, Byron Buxton, or hey, Willians Astudillo??? Maybe wishful thinking there.


  1. That cartoon is so weird! I mean, why is the person wearing a dress and bonnet? Why use a fielder for a quiz about Silver Slugger winners. I’m guessing it’s an old cartoon that made sense as it was originally used. But it’s so bizarre here. Come on Topps, spring for a few new cartoons!

  2. The Cubs have seven in the set so far, but just one is a retired player. I have the Sandberg in my collection via another blogger.
    I'm looking forward to Vogelbach getting one . . . eventually!

  3. I might have looked for A's once or twice... but honestly couldn't tell you if any have been produced yet. If I had to guess, I'd say they've produced a Rickey Henderson and a Matt Chapman.

  4. Yeah those cartoons make no sense whatsoever. That Cruz card is really nice, even though the fonts on those look out of proportion. To me, online exclusives are luxury items that don't count as regular issued cards, so I generally ignore them.