Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Deja Vu! Kershaw gets Fourth Topps Now Card - It Looks Just Like his First One

When Clayton Kershaw does something magnificent on the mound you want to release a Topps Now card featuring him pitching.

I get it.  That makes perfect sense.

But come on now!  Can't we find a more unique photo?

This newest card is basically a carbon copy of his very first 2016 Topps Now card that was issued in early May.  Take a look at that card on the right (original post link).

The new card, featured above and below, uses the exact same pose.  In fact, the only difference is that the latter card is from a day game, and this new card is a night game - which I assume Night Owl Cards would appreciate.

This marks the fourth Topps Now card for Kershaw this season, and all four were issued this month.  It highlights his third complete game shutout over the past five tries.  The game also ends a streak of six consecutive games pitched by Kershaw where he recorded double digit strike outs and one or less walk.  Last night, Clayton fell three strike outs short of extended this streak.  I suppose that even Clayton Kershaw isn't perfect.  Go here to order.

Via Dan Arritt at ESPN:
"It feels good to finish a game all the time, but especially after a game like yesterday," Kershaw said after handing the Reds their eighth consecutive loss.

Kershaw struck out seven and walked one; he now has 95 strikeouts on the season, compared to just five walks. He came up short of tying an NL record with at least 10 strikeouts in seven straight games, but became the first Dodgers pitcher to last at least seven innings in his first 10 starts of a season since Fernando Valenzuela in 1981, and the first with three shutouts in a month since Tim Belcher in 1989.

"I wish we had 25 of him," Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said of Kershaw.
I'd settle for one more just like him.

UPDATE:  The print run for this card is 511 copies.

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