Thursday, November 14, 2013
2013 Quarry Unlimited - #2 Kansas City Royals Part 2
Have you ever noticed that some teams really work well with certain card designs and some teams don't. There is also that rare team that seems to work well with just about every design. In my opinion, the Royals are that team. I can't recall a flagship Topps set in which the Royals didn't have at least one great card. I can also think of two instances, 1987 Bo Jackson and 1994 George Brett, that the Royals had arguably the card of the year and those are just off the top of my head. In the 2012 Quarry Unlimited set from top to bottom, the Royals were arguably the team with the best cards overall. I am not ready to proclaim them best in 2013 yet, because I have one other team in mind for that, but they have a strong chance with this grouping and two strong contenders for Card of the Set. While you ponder that, let's take a look at the rest of the 2013 Kansas City Royals.
My Top 5 Royals Cards
1. Mike Moustakas
2. Salvador Perez
3. Johnny Giavotella
4. Adam Moore
5. Lorenzo Cain
Mike Moustakas has one of the better photos I have ever seen on a card. From the netting to the dirt on the cleats to the fan's possibly successful attempt at catching him with one arm this photo nearly has everything. Salvador Perez is quickly becoming one of the better subjects for my cards. After finishing in the top 4 last year, he once again has a great photo although the ducking umpire is the real star of that card. The Giavotella is a perfectly timed shot of a hit by pitch that just looks painful. The Adam Moore is one of those "check out the background" type cards. The look on the batter's face is priceless. Finally we come to Lorenzo Cain, a card that could be #1 for probably half of the other teams. I don't know whether he was hit or just avoiding the ball, but the cameraman captured the moment perfectly.
Coming tomorrow - #3 Pittsburgh Pirates
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