Tuesday, January 24, 2017

The Jason Varitek Quest for 1,000: 899-909

Ten new Jason Varitek cards were added to the collection today, courtesy of a COMC package.  These are mostly parallels from cards toward the end of his career when I was drifting away from the Varitek focus.  That was toward the end of 2008 when he struggled greatly and finished the season with a .220/.313/.359 line.  The next season he became a backup catcher, where he stayed for the rest of his career.  The Documentary cards finish off the base set.  The Game 15 card there actually mentions Varitek as he homered in the ninth inning to take the lead.

I would be remiss if I did not mention some of the other players that show up in this scan.  Most importantly is Daisuke Matsuzaka on the last card, because of course he pitched to Varitek quite a bit.  And then there is the catchers card that includes two other players that appeared on the Hall of Fame ballot.  Ivan Rodriguez was elected and Jorge Posada, like Varitek, was eliminated from future ballots.

This brings me up to 909 Jason Varitek cards.

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