Thursday, October 8, 2009


Watching John Lackey pitch tonight (who may just be the most underrated pitcher in the Majors) I cant stop thinking how determined he, and his fellow teammates look. I truly believe these guys are carrying the pain of losing a young teammate on there backs, and with that in mind are going to destroy every team that stands in their way.

In the winter of 2006 I was ripping through a few packs of Topps Updates & Highlights when I came across a Cory Lidle tribute card. I couldn't help, but think what a classy move by Topps it was to make such a card.

On rare occasions, Topps has issued special cards for players who had either died or had been injured. The 1959 set had card 550 as "Symbol Of Courage - Roy Campanella", with a color photo of the paralyzed former Dodger in his wheelchair and a black-and-white photo of him in uniform inserted to the upper left.

The 1964 set issued cards for two recently deceased players: Ken Hubbs of the Cubs with a different "In Memoriam" front design compared to standard cards, and Colts pitcher Jim Umbricht's regular card with a special note on the back about his April 1964 death from cancer.

Will Topps pay tribute once again?

The Mojo Hand