Congrats to @KanDolko (Schwarber), @disnalldat (Martinez), @GoebelGeoff (Sale), @CardingPro97 (Eckersley) for winning the Legacies cards— Topps Company (@toppscards) April 1, 2016
So as I mentioned on Monday, I won a contest Topps held on Twitter. It was one of those simple Retweet & Follow to win type of contests. I retweeted for the heck of it and I won one of the four prizes.
I won this Edgar Martinez autograph from 2016 Topps Legacies of Baseball. It's not Schwarber, Sale or Eckersley but it's still free and I'll be happy to have it/win it.
It's also great blogging material because I know nothing about Edgar Martinez, The Seattle Mariners in general or Topps Legacies of Baseball. So with this blogpost I can knock out three birds with one stone!
Okay so let's start with who Edgar Martinez is.
Edgar Martinez signed with the Seattle Mariners back in 1982 and made his MLB debut five years later in 1987 and he spent his entire 18 year career with the Seattle Mariners.
This is probably an understatement but Martinez was really good. He was a bit of a tweener due to how the Mariners kept giving the third base job to Jim Presley and left Martinez in triple-A for longer than you'd want. Eventually Martinez stuck around with the big league club and in the early years he was their third baseman but at one point became a full-time DH.
As of 2016 he is seven years removed from retirement, has seven All Star nods to his name, the unofficial title of "the greatest DH of all time" and has one very strong case to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. Just Google Edgar Martinez hall of fame and you can probably find a few articles written by various outlets on why he deserves hall of fame induction.
So yeah, Martinez isn't a Schwarber, Sale or Eckersely, but he's still a pretty good name to pull. I'd be pretty satisfied if I pulled a Martinez autograph in a break.
Okay so now it's time to learn about the Seattle Mariners. They can be summed up in two words. Really mediocre.
Alright now it's time to learn our last lesson of the day, what the heck is Legacies of Baseball?
Well Legacies of Baseball is the newest high end offering by Topps. Much like Inception these cards feature cards on sturdy and thick card stock that feature heavily filtered (but cool looking) photographs of players in front of dynamic backdrops.
One box of LoB retails for over $150 and has two autographed cards and one metal card. The Edgar Martinez autograph I got is one of the "Loyalty" autographs. There are other autograph sets like "Tradition," "Tenacity," "Exhilaration," "Lasting Imprints" and "Imminent Arrivals." All with parallels and varying serial numbers of course.
I'm not sure how long this particular set will last, TBH it's too much like the other high end Topps sets out there and features pretty much the same players. Meh, who knows though. I know a few people who seem to like the design of Legacies so maybe it might surprise me.
Anyway big thanks to Topps for the pretty sweet hit. 2016 Topps Legacies of Baseball is in stores now.
And as always thank you the readers for stopping by :).