Recent eBay Pickup, Daniel Murphy Style
December 8th, 2009 by slangon

2009 Topps Triple Threads Autographed Relic Sepia Parallel #116 Daniel Murphy 08/75

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This particular card is chock full of firsts. It’s my first Daniel Murphy relic. It’s my first Daniel Murphy autograph. It’s my first Mets autograph (certified that is). It’s my first autographed relic. Needless to say, there’s a lot for me to be excited about with this card.

Mostly I’m excited that it’s Daniel Murphy, though. Don’t laugh. It’s true. Don’t get me wrong, I’m well aware of Murph’s short comings. There’s just something about him though that makes me really root for him. Maybe I’m just blinded by the hot start he had in the end of 2008. Maybe I like how he always seems so serious. Maybe I just like that his at bat music is the Dropkick Murphys. Either way, I really hope the Mets figure out where to stick this dude. Judging from last year, the outfield is not so much an option. He seems to be adjusting pretty well to first, but he’s not a big power guy, and they’ve got Ike Davis waiting in the wings. He doesn’t strike me as a guy who would do well off the bench. In the 2009 season, as a pinch hitter, he was 7 for 29, with 7 RBI’s, 1 HR, 1 3B, and 5 SO. That seems to be a pretty small sample size, though, so I’m not going to put too much stock in that. Do you try to get him to adapt to second and ditch Castillo? Do you really want a potential defensive liability, especially up the middle? It a tough one, which admittedly is probably the least of the Mets problems at the moment.

As for the card itself, it’s a beauty. Initially, I thought it was one giant bat piece, but upon further investigation, I think it’s actually three different pieces. That’s cool and all, it just seems a little strange when you can’t even tell if it’s three pieces or one. I feel like I’ve seen triple jersey cards too, that were just 3 plain white swatches. If you’re going to go through the trouble of making a triple relic, why wouldn’t you make sure the triple-ness was pretty obvious. I’m not sure how exactly you would pull this off with a bat relic, but at least with a jersey, you could do a home jersey swatch, an away jersey swatch and an alternate jersey swatch. Actually, a perfect triple relic could be a home jersey, an away jersey and a bat. What’s so hard about that?

I know a lot of folks aren’t too keen on sticker autographs, but for some reason, they don’t seem to bother me too much. I guess if I had my choice I would pick an on-card auto, but the fact that this is a sticker autograph never even entered my mind when I was thinking of getting it. I also like that he puts his number into his signature.

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The back is pretty good looking. Nothing outstanding design-wise, but it’s the back, so I don’t think it needs to be all that fancy. I like the link between Triple Threads and Triple Take. Very clever, Topps. I like number 3. I have not read Into Thin Air, but it sounds like a pretty interesting book. The book is basically a true story about an attempt to summit Mount Everest that goes terribly awry, killing several climbers and trapping others. The plot of the book is not why I like number 3, however. It’s they way that they word it. He “says he enjoyed reading Into Thin Air by John Krakauer”. That can’t be confirmed though. He could be just saying that to make himself look smart. I also kind of like that there’s no mention on the back that this is an autographed relic. None of that congratulatory verbiage.

One Response to “Recent eBay Pickup, Daniel Murphy Style”

  1. Nice card. I hope that Murphy can pull it together next year.

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