Mets Card of the Week: 2012 NL Batting Leaders (Jose Reyes)

2012 TOPPS NL BATTING AVERAGE LEADERS (JOSE REYES)

From my perch on the kitchen floor gazing up at a large-knobbed black-and-white Sylvania, I saw Armstrong walk on the moon.

In the spring of 1986 I spied Halley’s comet, carrying with it the dim portent of a Mets’ World Series victory that October.

I watched the Berlin wall crumble. I marked the turn of the second millennium.

But there is one thing that I’d never had the privilege of witnessing until late last week: a National League Batting Leaders card that contained a Mets’ player at the top of the list.

The closest I had come to date was the 1970 Topps NL Batting Leaders card , which presents that glorious tableau of Cleon Jones and his .340 average sharing space with the number 1 and 2 hitters in 1969: Pete Rose and Roberto Clemente. While John Olerud finished second in the 1998 batting race, Topps opted not to print league leader cards in their regular issue 1999 set.

So, even if you’re not a collector, I’d suggest that it is your duty as a Mets’ fan to head over to eBay and drop a few quarters on a copy of this 2012 card.

Make your peace with the bittersweet fact that Jose Reyes is gone from us, put the card in a neat plastic holder, and save a space on a shelf and in your memory for this signal event…

5 comments for “Mets Card of the Week: 2012 NL Batting Leaders (Jose Reyes)

  1. Brian Joura
    February 22, 2012 at 8:07 am

    I prefer the 1970 layout, with the guy who finished first on top with a big picture with smaller head shots of the other two. This almost seems like the 1972 Rookie Stars, where you think the best player is in the middle…

  2. Doug
    February 22, 2012 at 10:06 am

    It’s interesting– all these years, and I had never considered that the middle position on three-player ’72 rookie cards had any special cachet. Which specific cards would you point to in support of that concept?

    • February 22, 2012 at 10:47 am

      Oh, geeze…DON’T start… 😉

    • Brian Joura
      February 22, 2012 at 4:24 pm

      It’s hard to go back and say with 100 percent certainty. Was Cecil Cooper (middle) preferred over Carlton Fisk (right)? But JR Richard, Darrell Porter, Jim Barr, Derrell Thomas, John Milner, Ron Cey and Rick Dempsey were all middle guys in 1972. There were more 2-player RC that year than I remembered.

      Plus I think the slightly elevated circle gave the impression of distinction, compared to the slightly lower rectangles that the other players got.

      • Doug
        February 22, 2012 at 4:43 pm

        Very cool! Again, I never thought about any sort of implied hierarchy with these cards, and you make a good point about the design/layout.

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