Tonight our Playoff Tour takes us to the Dodgers and we are featuring their shortstop Hanley Ramirez.
This ain't a popular POV, but I am a fan of the WBC cards. Yes I like seeiing the game travel and enjoy seeing different players as teammates. The format of the WBC also provides for lots of interesting David vs Goliath moments.
Hanley Ramirez is a star but I am not sure he has ever lived up to his promise. He is a good hitting shortstop, but he is enough of a defensive liability that the Dodgers run in defensive substitutions for him if they are leading. Additionally he has been on the shelf a bit each of the last two years and hasn't exceeded 130 games in either season
2013 Topps WBC Stars
WBC stars is a 15 card insert set in 2013 Topps S2. This is a down from the 25 card set that was put out in 2009T S2, It is a set that I don't need to put together, but since I picked up 5 of them out of a dime box last week, I am pretty sure 2013 WBC Stars will go on my todo list. The cards are nice enough looking and have a nice nod with the flags. The chrome text is hard to read in the above photo, but appears fine on the card - In my opinion the fact that the text doesn't scan well isn't a legit complaint about a card. If it is hard to read when your holding it in your hand then that is an issue.
As mentioned above there are only 15 cards in the 2013 WBC set, and the Phillies were shutout of the checker.
With any luck we will feature a dime box posting on Tuesday with some other cards I picked up with Mr Ramurez. If you're interested in the some of the more expensive acquisitions that day check my Card Show Summary post here.
Sources & Links
2014 Playoff Cards
Philly Show 2014 09 28 Index
Philly Show 2014 09 28 Dime Box summary
World Baseball Classic