Wednesday, August 12, 2015

2015 Topps Chrome - The Joc Pederson Base Variation Card

Information continues to trickle in slowly about Topps 2015 Chrome Baseball card set.  As you may know, this set has not officially been released by Topps yet, but folks have gotten a hold of boxes and are selling individual singles online.  So far, we know what the Dodger base cards look like (go here to check out pics of the five cards in the set), and now we know there is at least one base variation card to chase after.  Check that out above.

Featured is card #129 of Joc Pederson.  It is a short-printed variation to his base card, and appears to show a brief convergence of Dodger defenders during a game.  From the looks of it, the photo was taken at Wrigley Field in Chicago (based on what looks like ivy on the outfield walls in the background).  Clearly, Yasiel Puig is at the center and running back towards his position, but I'm not quite sure who the fellow is on the left.  Is that Alberto Callaspo?  Or, maybe it's Roger Bernardina - who came along for a short stint at the end of last season?

Below is the reverse of the card.  As you can see, the back memorializes the afternoon he was tasked with getting coffee at Starbucks for the clubhouse in Chicago last season.
Among Joc's initiation duties with the Dodgers as a 2014 rookie; fetching coffee for the team (in full uniform) on the streets of Chicago.  He handled the assignment with good humor.  After all, delivering a jolt of energy has never been a problem for he 22-year-old, who has combined power hitting with a 28-steal average the past four seasons on the farms.

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