Friday, August 28, 2020

2020 Topps Now -- Mookie, Kershaw and More


I am playing catch-up with some recently released Topps Now cards. First, there are two Dodger cards available right now, following their sweep of the Giants yesterday. After that, three additional cards had been released by Topps over the past week -- that I failed to write about -- so I'll share those at the bottom of this post.

First, Mookie Betts recorded his 1,000th career hit during the first game of yesterdays doubleheader. Check out the Topps Now card created by Topps above and below. Go here to check it out and order. Below is what's written on the reverse of the card.
The historic moments keep coming fot eh first-year Dodgers outfielder. Thursday evening saw Betts notch his 1,000th career hit in the midst of his seventh year in the Majors. Mookie singled in the sixth inning off Giants reliever Andrew Suarez during Los Angeles' 7-0 victory. The 27 year-old has collected five straight season of 150-plus hits.

The second Dodger card available today features Dodger ace Clayton Kershaw, and it celebrates him passing Warren Spahn as the winningest lefty the game has ever saw. Go here to check out the card and order. Below is what's written on the reverse:
Clayton scattered four hits over six scoreless innins on Thursday afternoon, en-route to a 7-0 blanking of the Giants. The victory improved his 2020 record to 4-1 and was career victory 173, moving him ahead of Hall-of-Famer Warren Spahn for best career winning percentage for left-handed pitchers. In 352 career starts, Kershaw sports a 173-75 record, resulting in a .700-win percentage.
Now, on to the cards I failed to write about this week.

On Sunday, August 23rd Mookie Betts became the first Dodger to have ever hit two home runs and steal two bases during the same game. He did this on a day the team cranked out seven homers against the Rockies. Per Ken Gurnick at MLB.com:
“He’s unbelievable,” Hern├índez said of Betts. “He’s one of those guys we didn’t get the opportunity to watch too often in a different league. Now you get to see him on a daily basis and you know what all the Mookie Betts hype is all about. There’s really not anything he can’t do. It’s pretty special and we’re pretty fortunate to watch him on a daily basis.”
Check out this card above and below. A total of 632 cards were ordered.

The second Dodger celebrates Cody Bellinger's walk-off home run against the Rockies on Saturday, August 22nd, for a 4-3 victory. As you may recall, he didn't know it was a homer until after the fact. Per Ken Gurnick at MLB.com:
“I thought I hit it to left-center, up in the air, and then I saw the right fielder go back,” said Bellinger. “I was very confused. I thought I hit it up in the air. When I got halfway to second, I thought he caught the ball. I didn’t know what was going on at all.”
The Bellinger card has a print run of 405 cards.

Lastly, Clayton Kershaw was honored with a Topps Now card when he passed Don Drysdale on the Dodgers' All-Time strikeout list at 2,487. It happened on Thursday, August 20th against the Seattle Mariners. Per Rowan Kavner at Dodger Insider:
“Obviously very cool,” Kershaw said. “Just to be a Dodger long enough to accomplish something like that is pretty special.”
This card has a print run of 537 cards.

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