I received my first Giants card from the Topps Living Set this week. It is of Giants rookie pitcher Dereck Rodriguez. If you haven't been following the Giants this year, Rodriguez has been a very nice story. He is the son of HOF Catcher Ivan Rodriguez. The Giants acquired him as a minor league free agent in November of 2017 after the Twins organization released him. They brought him up in late May of 2018 as injuries overtook their pitching staff.
He made his MLB Debut on May 29th in relief against the Rockies giving up 4 runs, only 1 of those earned. That was one of only 3 appearances across 18 starts and 2 relief appearances to date where he gave up 4 or more runs. He has only pitched fewer than 6 innings in all but 3 of his starts and has been one of the most solid pitchers on the Giants staff. After a rough outing this weekend against the Cards he still has an ERA of 2.50, a WHIP of 1.084, 88 Ks and 33BB in 115.1 innings pitched.
On Giants sites, he is being touted as a Rookie of the Year award candidate that just isn't realistic, others have had better seasons. However he is having a very nice season and gives some hope for the Giants in the future. I have watched several of his games and he pitches with a maturity and confidence. He seems to have pretty good stuff as well.
Here is a look of the front and back of the card:
Topps is up to 84 cards right now and Rodriguez is 2nd Giant. Unfortunately Joe Panik was the first at card #2 and despite close to 2000 of them being sold a major premium is being placed on the first 3 cards. Panik's are going for well over $100 and I didn't pick one up early enough. I could see going $25-30 maybe but it could be a while before one drops that low. I did pick up a Rickey Henderson card a little while back, there are some retired players in the mix as well.
I haven't been as diligent as usual in reading blog posts throughout 2018 so forgive me if this is a question already asked. What are your thoughts on the idea/concept behind Topps Living Set? Have you picked up any cards yet?