My #HappyBaseballBirthday! present to myself arrived in the mail on Thursday.
Topps Living Set #145 Justin Verlander
This card of the 2018 American League strikeout king arrived less than a week after I placed the order, a record speed for anything I've ever ordered with Topps...I guess they knew if was my Birthday!
When the Verlander card was released I automatically thought how beautiful a card it was, and also how so much I'd wish that it had come while he was still wearing a Detroit Tigers uniform.
I have lots of cards of JV, but this may be my 2nd favorite in my collection...its definitely my favorite of him as a Houston Astros player in the little over a year that he's had Astros cards.
This is my 7th TLS card, and my 1st Astros TLS card.
Remember, as you finish reading this, that Sunday will be the start of another contest to win a TLS card.
If you're on Twitter, follow Topps Living Stats, and when he posts the contest, nominate three players (not already chosen by another player) who you think will be the next in the TLS.
If the player you chose is in the three cards that Topps releases on Wednesday afternoon, you'll win that card...it's great fun, and I hope you'll get involved with us.
Last week I chose Rich Hill, Dawel Lugo, and Mike Clevinger, and, as always I missed on all three.
Each week you get a keeper pick, and I'm thinking I'll keep my Michigan Man, Rich Hill.
Until next time, PLAY BALL! ⚾️