Now that are all very familiar with 2012 Topps, I figured this would be a great time to try and solve one of the mysteries from 2011 Topps. Okay so it's not a great time, but I didn't have a scanner when this was topical. The reigning blog of the year pointed out this particular mystery out in one of the many posts that earned him the title. I left a couple of comments there explaining my thoughts, but then I realized that I had my own blog and I could point that out here several months later (to about a tenth of the readers of his site).
The mystery in question is that of the double appearance of now former Rockies pitcher Jason Hammel in 2011 Topps Series 2. Obviously as a Rockies collector I noticed this early on, but couldn't really explain it. Now, I believe I have the solution. Walk along with me down the journey into the abyss, i.e. the minds of Topps quality control.
As a fan and collector of a team that is usually ignored by Topps, this type of thing is incredibly frustrating. There were several Rockies that didn't appear in any of the three series that COULD have taken that second slot, such as Matt Belisle (76 games pitched in 2010), Rafael Betancourt (72 games pitched), Jonathan Herrera (76 games played), or perhaps a rookie such as Chris Nelson (17 games played, 1st round pedigree). Even Jeff Francis, who did appear in Update as a Royal, could have taken the spot after starting 19 games in 2010 for the Rox. But, Topps again just thumbed their nose at the lowly Rockies. Could you imagine one player appearing in nearly half of Yankees, Red Sox, or Braves games and not getting a card, let alone three guys? But that's okay, even though I do feel a bit like I am suffering from "battered collector's syndrome." No matter how much Topps beats my team down, I am still buying.
Do you think I solved the mystery or am I completely wrong? Does anyone have a better explanation? Should I perhaps take a nap before writing to sooth my crankiness? So many questions, even if it they are about six months too late.