I kind of enjoy running these little countdowns when I complete a set. I'm so consumed most of the time with getting the cards in order that I don't take the time to appreciate them. Topps did a good job with the photography again this time around, and so without further adieu, I present my top 5 cards from series 2.
#5: Card # 517 Pedro Alvarez
#4: Card # 630 Andy Dirks
Continuing along with my love of outfielder catches/leaps, this card of Andy Dirks is great. Tell me something, padding or no padding, that impact with the wall had to hurt. Hell, if it were me, I probably would have busted a couple of ribs. Who am I kidding, my ass would never have gotten up that high.
#3: Card # 487 Hanley Ramirez
#2: Card # 541 Jon Lester
#1: Card # 540 Michael Bourn
The only thing that's missing from this card is the location of the ball. How high up do you think Bourn is, 2.5 feet maybe? The concentration he has on the ball with Jason Heyward right beside him is incredible as well, because I know that I sure would have been quite distracted with someone that close to me. The battling drink logos don't hurt either.
There were a couple of cards that came close to making the Top 5, such as #412 Everth Cabrera (in his camos flying through the air), # 546 Carlos Quentin about to do a rolling block on Josh Thole and # 568 Steve Lombardozzi getting a very sticky Gatorade shower.
I'm sure that there may be those who have some differing opinions (maybe most of you, who knows..), and I'd sure like to hear them.
Thanks for reading, Robert