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Random 2015 Topps Card – Tyler Skaggs

One cannot live on Jumbo Value Pack posts alone! To cure my addiction for wanting to write about something, I will be doing these Random 2015 Topps Card posts. I would like to do one everyday but with family, school, and work that may not be possible but I will definitely give it a shot. The cards featured will be ones that I have opened so far in My 2015 Topps Journey. So my first random card of the days is –

#74 Tyler Skaggs, Pitcher
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Personal Bio
Born: July 31, 1993
Birthplace: Santa Monica, CA
High School: Santa Monica HS (Santa Monica, CA)
Bats: Left
Throws: Left

Career Stats

Season(s): 3
W-L Record: 8-11
ERA: 4.72
Strikeouts: 143

The picture featured on Tyler Skaggs’ 2015 Topps Series 1 card was taken on July 31st, 2014, in a game against the Baltimore Orioles at Camden Yards. This was the last game he would pitch in 2014. He suffered a partial tear of his ulnar collateral ligament that required Tommy John surgery. The surgery was performed on August 13th and he is expected to miss most, if not all of the 2015 season.

Skaggs was drafted by the Los Angeles Angels in the first round of the 2009 Major League Baseball Draft, 40th overall.

In July of 2010, Skaggs was traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks with a few other players for pitcher Dan Haren. He represented the Diamondbacks in the 2011 and 2012 All-Star Futures Game. Skaggs made his major league debut on August 22, 2012 against the Miami Marlins, giving up two runs in 6 1/3 innings to earn his first career win.

On December 10, 2103 the Diamondbacks traded Skaggs back to the Angels in a three team deal that sent Adam Eaton to the Chicago White Sox, and Mark Trumbo to the Diamondbacks. He was having the best season of his career in 2014 before his injury, going 5-5 with a 4.30 ERA, and 86 strikeouts in 133.0 innings pitched.

Tyler Skaggs Topps Flagship Cardography

2013 Topps Tyler Skaggs  2014 Topps Tyler Skaggs  2015 Topps Tyler Skaggs

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Jumbo Value Pack #1 – The Beginning!

A few days after 2015 Topps Series 1 was released I finally purchased my first jumbo value pack at Wal-Mart. Being the first pack I needed all of the 31 base set and five insert cards in the pack. This brings my percentage of the complete base set to 8.9%

Base Set

21 Brett Gardner – New York Yankees
38 Jordan Zimmermann – Washington Nationals
39 Salvador Perez – Kansas City Royals
42 Todd Frazier – Cincinnati Reds
48 John Axford – Pittsburgh Pirates
53 Nathan Eovaldi – Miami Marlins
56 Matt Garza – Milwaukee Brewers
59 Jake Odorizzi – Tampa Bay Rays
60 Michael Wacha – St. Louis Cardinals
63 Chris Owings – Arizona Diamondbacks “Future Stars”
73 Freddie Freeman – Atlanta Braves
74 Tyler Skaggs – Los Angeles Angels
99 Yonder Alonso – San Diego Padres
147 Andrew Heaney – Miami Marlins “Future Stars”
156 Santiago Casilla – San Francisco Giants
204 Eduardo Escobar – Minnesota Twins
215 Alejandro De Aza – Baltimore Orioles
216 Greg Holland – Kansas City Royals
257 Jarrod Saltalamacchia – Miami Marlins
262 Ryan Braun – Milwaukee Brewers
267 Zack Grienke – Los Angeles Dodgers
271 Pittsburgh Pirates
277 Cincinnati Reds
295 Erick Aybar – Los Angeles Angels
299 Joaquin Arias – San Francisco Giants
311 Jhonny Peralta – St. Louis Cardinals
322 Phil Hughes – Minnesota Twins
325 Felix Hernandez – Seattle Mariners
334 Gerardo Perra – Milwaukee Brewers
335 Matt Barnes – Boston Red Sox RC
350 Yasiel Puig – Los Angeles Dodgers

21_brett_gardner_1  38_jordan_zimmermann_1  39_salvador_perez_1

Todd Frazier

John Axford  Nathan Eovaldi  Matt Garza

Jake Odorizzi

Michael Wacha

Chris Owings  Freddie Freeman  Tyler Skaggs

Yonder Alonso  Andrew Heaney  Santiago Casilla

Eduardo Escobar  Alejandro De Aza  Greg Holland

Jarrod Saltalamacchia  Ryan Braun  Zack Greinke

Pittsburgh Pirates     Cincinnati Reds

Erick Aybar  Joaquin Arias  Jhinny Peralta

Phil Hughes     Felix Hernandez
Gerardo Parra  Matt Barnes  Yasiel Puig

Inserts

A-23 Willie Mays (Defense) – Archetypes (1:6)
FHR-31 Yoenis Cespedes – First Home Run – Silver Stripe
FP-05 Biz Markie – First Pitch (1:3)
R-4 Carlos Gomez – Robbed
BR-9 The Called Shot (New York Yankees) – The Babe Ruth Story (1:2)

Willie Mays     Yoenis Cespedes     Biz Markie

Carlos Gomez  Babe Ruth

So nothing too spectacular in pack #1, but it’s a good start. I was able to pull the 2015 Topps Series 1 cover athlete, OF Yasiel Puig of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Included in pack #1 were nine All-Stars from 2014, P Jordan Zimmermann (#38) of the Washington Nationals, C Salvador Perez (#39) of the Kansas City Royals, 3B Todd Frazier (#42) of the Cincinnati Reds, 1B Freddie Freeman (#73) of the Atlanta Braves, P Greg Holland (#216) of the Kansas City Royals, P Zack Greinke (#267) of the Los Angeles Dodgers, SS Erick Aybar (#299) of the Los Angeles Angels, P Felix Hernandez (#325) of the Seattle Mariners, and OF Yasiel Puig (#350) of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Being a San Francisco Giants fan, I always like seeing their cards in packs I buy, P Santiago Casilla (#156) and 3B Joaquin Arias (#299) as well as the Archetype insert of Willie Mays (A-23). Only one rookie card in the first pack, P Matt Barnes (#335) of the Boston Red Sox. The Future Stars subset is back and there were two, SS Chris Owings (#63) of the Arizona Diamondbacks and P Andrew Heaney (#147) of the Miami Marlins. Included with the previous insert of Willie Mays there was also First Home Run (Silver Stripe parallel) of Yoenis Cespedes (FHR-31), First Pitch of Biz Markie (FP-05), Robbed of Carlos Gomez (#R-4), and The Babe Ruth Story – The Called Shot (#BR-9).