19 September 2015

2014 Panini Classics Classic Combos George Springer / Jon Singleton

It's a little painful to write about the Astros right now, as they have lost 5 in a row and are now 2.5 games back in their division and only 1.5 games ahead in the race for the final wild card spot. Tonight they are facing Oakland ace Sonny Gray, so they are really going to have to get after him if they want to avoid falling even more in the playoff race. Even a couple of weeks ago they had around a 95% chance of making the postseason according to MLB.com's prediction tool. That number has now dropped to 70%.

One of the players on this card will have a big impact on whether or not the Astros make the playoffs. In 13 games since returning from an injury, George Springer hasn't done a whole lot. He and the other cornerstones of the Astros need to pick things back up or they are going to get overtaken by the Twins or the Angels and miss the playoffs entirely after leading the AL West for most of the year. Jon Singleton is still down at AAA trying to sort things out while his team, the Fresno Grizzlies, tries to avoid elimination in the PCL Championship series. The card itself is a Classic Combos dual relic from 2014 Panini Classics Baseball. This is the base version and it is numbered # 10 / 99. I believe there is a Prime version out as well with a very small print run. I didn't necessarily seek this card out specifically, but it pooped up in my eBay feed and I thought it was cool enough to bid on.

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