Players Included: Josh Beckett, Coco Crisp, JD Drew, Mike Lowell, Julio Lugo, Daisuke Matsuzaka, David Ortiz, Wily Mo Pena, Jonathan Papelbon, Manny Ramirez, Curt Schilling, Jason Varitek, Tim Wakefield, Kevin Youkilis
Best Picture: Coco Crisp. Another great shot of a batter in action. Crisp has smacked a ball, and it ready to do what he does best…run. The bat is falling to the ground, and Crisp’s eyes are following the flight of the ball. I can’t help but wonder what happened next.
Hall of Famers: none
Future Hall of Famers: Manny Ramirez. Curt Schilling should just miss. Varitek may be able to make a case, as a catcher, but probably won’t. Papelbon could get there if he keeps going.
Reason to Buy the Set: This is a special “team set” that Topps has started producing in recent years. While the design is the same as the stardard Topps offering, the numbering is different as well as some of the pictures. So, as a Red Sox fan, it’s the only way to get these cards of the Sox players. As a single card, the Daisuke Matsuzaka rookie card is the key aspect.
Overall Reaction: While I like the special “team sets” from Topps, they aren’t quite different enough for me. If I have a “regular” Topps team set and this “special” set, it’s too much of the same design. In this case, though, anything having to do with a championship season ranks pretty high in my book.