Friday, September 30, 2011

2011 Chachi #54 Joe Savery

#55
Joseph Cain Savery
Relief Pitcher

Bats: Left  Throws: Left  Height: 6'3"  Weight: 215
Born: November 4, 1985, Houston, TX
Home: Bellaire, TX
Drafted: Selected by Phillies in 1st round of June 2007 draft
Teams: Phillies 2011-
Acquired: Via draft
Contract Status: Pre-arbitration eligible

Complete Topps Base Set Checklist:
Savery has yet to appear in a base Topps set.

2011 Chachi #53 Brandon Moss

#24
Brandon Douglas Moss
Outfield

Bats: Left  Throws: Right  Height: 6'0"  Weight: 210
Born: September 16, 1983, Monroe, GA
Home: Loganville, GA
Drafted: Selected by Boston Red Sox in 8th round of June 2002 draft
Teams: Boston Red Sox 2007-2008, Pittsburgh Pirates 2008-2010, Phillies 2011-
Acquired: Signed as a minor league free agent formerly with the Pittsburgh Pirates, November 22, 2010

Complete Topps Base Set Checklist:
2005 Topps #303 - Red Sox
2008 Topps Update #UH302 - Pirates
2009 Topps #104 - Pirates

Thursday, September 29, 2011

2011 Chachi #56 Charlie Manuel RB

Phillies 4, Braves 3 (13 Innings)
Game 162 - Wednesday Night, September 28th in Atlanta

One Sentence Summary:  The Phillies closed out the 2011 regular season with a 13-inning victory against the Braves, setting a franchise record with their 102nd regular season win.

What It Means:  The Phillies played a part in one of the wildest days of regular season baseball ever by winning in extras and knocking the Braves out of postseason consideration.  In a amazing whirlwind of late night baseball, the Cardinals won in Houston and the Braves lost to give the Cardinals the National League Wild Card and a trip to Philly.  The Phillies will face off against St. Louis in N.L.D.S. Game 1 on Saturday.

The American League was just as wild as the Orioles stunned the Red Sox with a ninth-inning walk-off win, minutes before the Rays defeated the Yankees in twelve on Evan Longoria's walk-off home run.

The club's 102nd win surpassed the 101-win marks set in 1976 and 1977.  It was also Charlie Manuel's 646th regular season victory as the Phillies manager, moving him past Gene Mauch for the top spot on the Phillies all-time list.

What Went Right:  Chase Utley's bases loaded sacrifice fly scored Placido Polanco with the tying run in the ninth inning.  Hunter Pence's bloop single in the 13th scored Brian Schneider and David Herndon secured his first career save with a scoreless bottom half of the inning.  Justin De Fratus, who had pitched the 12th, earned his first big league win.

Featured Card:  I felt a Chachi Record Breaker card was appropriate given the historic win.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

2011 Topps Diamond Duos #DD-UR Chase Utley & Jimmy Rollins

Phillies 7, Braves 1
Game 161 - Tuesday Night, September 27th in Atlanta

One Sentence Summary:  The Phillies won easily over the reeling Braves, tying a franchise record with their 101st win of the season.

What It Means:  1976, 1977, 2011.  For the third time in franchise history, the Phillies have won 101 games.  I'm hopeful the Phillies get a little further into the postseason than the 1976 and 1977 teams did.

What Went Right:  Roy Oswalt (9-10) looked sharp, pitching six shutout innings while allowing just three hits and striking out four.

The bats also looked ready for the play-offs, as Jimmy Rollins enjoyed another three-hit night and Hunter Pence drove in three runs.  Rollins (16), Pence (22 - and his 10th with the Phillies) and Chase Utley (11) all homered in the winning cause.

The win was the 645th of manager Charlie Manuel's Phillies tenure, tying him with Gene Mauch on the Phillies all-time list.

Featured Card:  Rollins is hitting .579 (11 for 19) in his last four games and he could conceivably appear in his last regular season game with the Phillies tonight.  Utley and Rollins have been turning double plays together since 2003 (since 2005 on a regular basis), so this could truly mark the end of an era.  Rollins is a free agent following the season, and reports today indicate he's seeking a five-year deal.  As much as I want Rollins back in the fold in 2012, 2013 and perhaps even 2014, I can't see him playing at his current level beyond that.

Here's hoping the two sides can work out something reasonable for at least the next two to three years.  (I'd hate to see him playing for the Giants.)

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

2011 Bowman Platinum #87 Cliff Lee

Phillies 4, Braves 2
Game 160 - Monday Night, September 26th in Atlanta

One Sentence Summary:  The Phillies won their 100th game of the season as they fielded their regular line-up for just the sixth time since Hunter Pence was acquired in late July.

What It Means:  For the third time in franchise history, the Phillies have won 100 games in a season.  They won 101 in 1976 and 1977.  With the Cardinals losing as well, the Braves maintained a very slim one-game lead in the National League Wild Card race.

What Went Right:  Cliff Lee (17-8) performed well in his tune-up for a N.L.D.S. Game 2 start.  He allowed two runs on five hits while striking out six in six innings pitched.  Ryan Madson pitched a scoreless ninth for his 32nd save.

Jimmy Rollins tied up the ballgame, 2-2, with a solo line-drive home run in the fourth.  It was his 15th homer of the year.  Raul Ibanez gave the team the lead with an RBI-single in the sixth, driving home Shane Victorino.  Ibanez and Victorino repeated the sequence in the eighth to give the Phils a 4-2 lead.

Featured Card:  This is Lee's card from the 2011 Bowman Platinum set.  I picked up a Phillies team set on the cheap from eBay, as I've never actually opened a pack of anything Platinum or Premium or Ultimate or Legendary.

For the second year in a row on this blog, I've managed to chronicle the entire Phillies season with a game summary post following each win or loss.  I realize I'm not exactly breaking any news with these posts, but they're fun to do and it reminds me of the "good old days" when I used to track the team's daily happenings in my scrapbooks.  There are just two more regular season games remaining and then I'll begin featuring a Chachi card to commemorate each of the postseason games.  Thanks for following along and Go Phils!

Monday, September 26, 2011

Phillies at Braves: September 26th through September 28th

Turner Field - Atlanta, GA
Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday 7:10

Phillies 99-60, 1st Place in the N.L. East, 10 games ahead of the Braves
Braves 89-70, 2nd Place in the N.L. East, 10 games behind the Phillies

So Far in 2011:  The Phillies are 9-6 against the Braves so far this season.  While the Phillies will use these games to prepare for the N.L.D.S., the Braves are trying to clinch the N.L. Wild Card.  The Cardinals are just one game behind the Braves in the Wild Card standings.

Meet the Braves: Manager - Fredi Gonzalez
Starters - Brian McCann (c), Freddie Freeman (1b), Dan Uggla (2b), Chipper Jones (3b), Jack Wilson (ss), Martin Prado (lf), Michael Bourn (cf), Jason Heyward (rf)
Rotation - Tim Hudson (rhp), Brandon Beachy (rhp), Mike Minor (lhp), Randall Delgado (rhp), Derek Lowe (rhp)
Bench - J.C. Boscan (c), David Ross (c), Brooks Conrad (inf), Alex Gonzalez (inf), Eric Hinske (inf), Jose Constanza (of), Matt Diaz (of), Antoan Richardson (of)
Closer - Craig Kimbrel (rhp)
Bullpen - Jair Jurrjens (rhp), Scott Linebrink (rhp), Cristhian Martinez (rhp), Kris Medlen (rhp), Peter Moylan (rhp), Eric O'Flaherty (lhp), Julio Teheran (rhp), Anthony Varvaro (rhp), Jonny Venters (lhp), Arodys Vizcaino (rhp)
Disabled List - Tommy Hanson (rhp), George Sherrill (lhp), Nate McLouth (of)

At the Ballpark:  The first 7,000 fans on Tuesday night will receive a set of Atlanta Braves Playing Cards.

Phillies Probables: Cliff Lee (16-8, 2.38), Roy Oswalt (8-10, 3.86), TBD
Braves Probables: Randall Delgado (1-1, 2.70), Derek Lowe (9-16, 4.92), Tim Hudson (16-10, 3.23)

Sunday, September 25, 2011

2011 Phillies Fan Appreciation Postcards - Hunter Pence

Phillies 9, Mets 4
Game 159 - Sunday Afternoon, September 25th in Flushing

One Sentence Summary:  The Phils snapped their ridiculous eight-game losing streak with a definitive 9-4 win over the Mets.

What It Means:  The Phillies pounded out 19 hits on the way to their 99th win of the season.  Phillies fans can relax and chalk up the last eight games to just a post-clinch hangover.  The offense is back, and everything is just fine.  (Right?)

What Went Right:  Batting third in the order, Hunter Pence atoned for his costly Saturday night error with a two-run home run in the first.  He finished with three hits and three RBIs.  Carlos Ruiz went four-for-four with two RBIs and Jimmy Rollins added three hits.

Roy Halladay (19-6) pitched an abbreviated outing, given the score and the pending postseason.  He allowed four hits while striking out three.

Featured Cards:  Last Sunday night, the Phillies gave away a set of nine postcards to every adult attending the game.  My brother-in-law Bill attended the game with his Dad, and he was kind enough to pass along a set to me.  The postcards are the same size and stock of the two team-issued sets that have been available for purchase at the ballpark throughout the year.  The set consists of Phillies highlights throughout the year, including "The Trade" for Pence in July.  The full checklist is as follows:

1.  Header Card - Featuring a montage of action shots from throughout the 2011 season
2.  Pitching In - Wilson Valdez, 5/25/11
3.  Three Consecutive Shutouts - Cliff Lee, 6/28/11
4.  All-Star Starter - Roy Halladay, 7/12/11
5.  Retro Night - Cole Hamels, 7/22/11
6.  Hall of Fame Executive - Pat Gillick, 7/24/11
7.  The Trade - Hunter Pence, 7/29/11
8.  Harry Kalas Statue Dedication, 8/16/11
9.  2011 Philadelphia Phillies Team Photo

2000 Pacific Paramount #181 Scott Rolen

Mets 6, Phillies 3 (Game 2)
Game 158 - Saturday Night, September 24th in Flushing

One Sentence Summary:  The Phils dropped their eighth in a row, due largely to Hunter Pence's costly error in the third.

What It Means:  The Phils are 98-60.  The Phillies became the first team in history to lose eight straight games after clinching a pennant and the first team to lose eight straight after winning their 98th game.  A week ago, it seemed to be a foregone conclusion that the 2011 Phillies would shatter the franchise record for wins - the 1976 and 1977 squads each won 101 games.  But now, the Phils would have to win their last four games of the season to break the record.

In my mind, the franchise record for wins is meaningless.  Getting everybody healthy and back on track before the postseason is the key.

What Went Wrong:  The Phils had the bases loaded with nobody out in the first, but Pence grounded into a double play and John Mayberry, Jr. popped up to end the threat.  In the bottom of the third, with the Phillies holding a 3-0 lead, Pence dropped a fly ball from Willie Harris in what should have been the third out of the inning.  The Mets would go on to score five runs in the inning - four of which were unearned.

Featured Card:  The last time the Phillies lost eight in a row was back in September 2000.  They snapped out of it on September 8, 2000, when Bruce Chen, Vicente Padilla, Chris Brock, Ed Vosberg and Jeff Brantley combined to shutout the Mets, 2-0.  The Phillies scored their two runs in the eighth on a two-run home run from Scott Rolen.

2006 Topps Phillies Fan Appreciation Day #22 David Dellucci

Mets 2, Phillies 1 (Game 1)
Game 157 - Saturday Afternoon, September 24th in Flushing

One Sentence Summary:  Cole Hamels pitched a great ballgame, but the offense came up short again as the Phils fell to the Mets, 2-1.

What It Means:  This was getting ugly.  The Phillies lost their seventh in a row, and their record fell to 98-59 following this game.  It was the team's first seven-game losing streak since June 2006.

What Went Wrong:  Hamels was cruising along with a shutout until he allowed a seventh inning home run to pinch-hitter Valentino Pascucci.  It was Pascucci's first home run since October 2, 2004, when he was a member of the Montreal Expos.  Brad Lidge (0-2) allowed the winning run to score in the eighth.

Mets starter R.A. Dickey took a perfect game into the sixth inning and a no-hitter into the seventh.

Featured Card:  On June 29, 2006, the Phillies ended their seven game skid when starter Ryan Madson and closer Tom Gordon combined for a five-hit shutout against the Orioles.  The Phils won the game, 4-0, and the scoring was started on left fielder David Dellucci's two-run home run in the first.

1981 Topps Phillies

1981 Topps #540 and #180, 1981 Topps Traded #800, 1981 Topps #470
I could be mistaken, but I think the 1981 Topps set represents the first set I ever hand-collated.  The cool thing about putting together this set back in the day is that I did it completely without the use of checklists.  I just knew which cards I needed.  I had studied and sorted and handled the cards so frequently that when a card came along that I didn't have (either in a pack, or in the form of a double in one of my friends' trade piles), I knew I needed it.  Looking back on this, I find it's amazing what the mind of a seven-year-old is able to retain.

1981 Topps #470 (Back)
The Set
Number of cards in the set:  For the fourth and final year, Topps included 726 cards in its base set.  And for the first time since 1976, Topps issued a "Traded" series.  The Topps Traded set consisted of 132 cards and started with card number 727.  Since the Traded set is an extension of the regular set, I'm including all 858 cards when tallying up my Phillies totals below.
My very brief thoughts on the set:  I love this set.  When I first started reading baseball card blogs three or four years ago, I was shocked to discover there are actually collectors out there who don't care for this set at all.  In my mind, among cards released from 1970-on, this set is second only to the 1975 Topps set.
Notable competition:  Fleer made its return to baseball cards in 1981, and upstart Donruss joined the fun as well.  Our local Wawa didn't sell the Donruss cards, but I clearly remember boxes of 1981 Topps and 1981 Fleer packs sitting next to each other on the shelves in the candy aisle.  (Also included on the shelf were packs of Topps Stickers.)  I didn't realize Donruss was on the scene until later that summer when we found packs for sale at a store down at the Jersey shore.  The thought of three whole baseball card sets to collect was very exciting at the time, and just a little daunting.  It was a simpler time.

1981 Phillies
Record and finish:  The Phils compiled a record of 59-48 during the strike-shortened 1981 season.  The owners decided to use a split-season format, with a best-of-three play-off series to determine the division winners.  The Phillies, who had won the first half (pre-strike) faced off against the second half (post-strike) winners - the Montreal Expos.  The Expos ended up winning the series, three games to two.
Key players:  Mike Schmidt won his second consecutive MVP award, hitting .316 with 31 home runs and 91 RBIs in the shortened season.  Pete Rose also enjoyed another fine year at the plate, hitting .325.  The newly acquired Gary Matthews provided some punch for the offense as he hit .301 with 9 home runs.  On the mound, Steve Carlton turned in another stellar year, going 13-4 with a 2.42 ERA and 179 strikeouts in 190 innings pitched.
Key events:  Prior to the season, the Phillies sent promising prospect Bob Walk to the Braves for outfielder Matthews.  A few days later, long-time Phillie Greg Luzinski was sold to the Chicago White Sox.  Rose broke Stan Musial's National League record for hits with a single off the Cardinals' Mark Littell on August 10th.

1981 Topps #290, #120, #160 and #90
1981 Phillies in 1981 Topps
Cards needed for a complete team set:  Including League Leader, Record Breaker and Postseason cards, there are a whopping 38 Phillies cards within the base Topps set.  There are another three Phillies cards within the Traded set, for a total of 41 Topps Phillies cards in 1981.  The running tally - 69 Topps Phillies cards from the '80s and 827 Topps Phillies cards overall.
Who’s in:

  • Cards of the eight starting position players - 8 cards
#290 Bob Boone (c), #180 Pete Rose (1b), #470 Manny Trillo (2b), #120 Larry Bowa (ss), #540 Mike Schmidt (3b), #800 Gary Matthews (lf), #160 Garry Maddox (cf), #90 Bake McBride (rf)

Perhaps as a result of their recent World Championship, each of the Phillies regulars received a "hero" number in the set - a card ending in 0.
  • Cards of the starting pitching rotation - 4 cards
#630 Steve Carlton, #691 Dick Ruthven, #346 Larry Christenson, #405 Nino Espinosa

1981 Topps #630, #691, #346 and #405
  • Base cards of other players who played with the Phillies in 1981 - 13 cards
#40 Tug McGraw, #131 Keith Moreland, #317 Lonnie Smith, #376 Ron Reed, #406 Dickie Noles, #426 Warren Brusstar, #459 Greg Gross, #566 Del Unser, #598 George Vukovich, #644 Ramon Aviles, #719 Sparky Lyle, #753 Dick Davis, #815 Mike Proly
  • Phillies appearing on multi-player "Future Stars" cards - 1 card
#526 Marty Bystrom, Jay Loviglio and Jim Wright
  • Base cards of players who didn't play with the Phillies in 1981 - 4 cards
#53 Kevin Saucier, #270 Greg Luzinski, #494 Bob Walk, #584 Randy Lerch
  • Phillies appearing on 1980 Leaders cards - 4 cards
#2 Home Run Leaders - Mike Schmidt with Reggie Jackson (Yankees) and Ben Oglivie (Brewers), #3 RBI Leaders - Mike Schmidt with Cecil Cooper (Brewers), #5 Victory Leaders - Steve Carlton with Steve Stone (Orioles), #6 Strikeout Leaders - Steve Carlton with Len Barker (Indians)
  • Phillies appearing on 1980 Record Breaker cards - 3 cards
#202 Steve Carlton, #205 Pete Rose, #206 Mike Schmidt
  • Phillies appearing on 1980 Postseason cards - 3 cards
#402 N.L. Championships - Bob Boone, Greg Luzinski, Mike Schmidt and Larry Bowa, #403 World Series - Larry Bowa with Frank White (Royals), #404 World Series - Tug McGraw
1981 Topps #40, #376, #317 and #131
Who’s out:  Luis Aguayo appeared in 45 games as a reserve infielder with the Phils, but he's missing from the set.  Pitcher Mark Davis started nine games for the Phillies, but he'd have to wait until 1982 for his first Topps card.
Phillies on other teams:  The same players who appear as Phillies in the Traded set have cards in the base set - #83 Mike Proly (White Sox), #183 Dick Davis (Brewers) and #528 Gary Matthews (Braves)
1981 Topps #404
What’s he doing here:  Jim Wright makes his second appearance on a multi-player prospects card (the first appearance came in 1979), yet he would never play for the Phillies.  Jay Loviglio appears on the 1981 Future Stars card with Wright and Bystom.  He went 0 for 5 with the Phillies in 1980, although he scored seven runs as a pinch-runner.
Cards that never were candidates:  Aguayo and Davis should have cards, and Bystrom is deserving of a solo card.  I'd change up the Future Stars card to include Len Matuszek (made his debut on September 3rd, Bob Dernier and Ryne Sandberg (made his debut on September 2nd).
Favorite Phillies card:  No question - we all coveted and possessed multiple copies of the "Phillies Win First World Series" card, featuring a leaping McGraw.  Honorable mentions - Schmidt's card and the team card.

Other Stuff
Recycled:  I used the 1981 Topps design for my second Chachi set, "released" in 2006.  Topps included a reprint of Schmidt's card in 2001 as part of its Through the Years insert set.  Lonnie Smith appears on a 1981 Topps-style card in the 2005 Topps All-Time Fan Favorites set.
Blogs/Websites:  About a year and a half ago, the Ultimate Baseball Card Set blog took a look at the composition of the "ultimate" 1981 Phillies baseball card set.
Did You Know?:  As the Ultimate Baseball Card Set blog points out, a collector would need to obtain only John Vukovich's 1981 Fleer card and Dallas Green's 1981 Donruss card to possess a set of one released Phillies card per player in 1981.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Phillies at Mets: September 23rd through September 25th

Citi Field - Flushing, NY
Friday 7:10, Saturday and Sunday 1:10

Phillies 98-58, 1st Place in the N.L. East, 10 games ahead of the Braves
Mets 74-82, 4th Place in the N.L. East, 24 games behind the Phillies

So Far in 2011:  The Phils are 10-5 against the Mets so far this season, and they hope to continue their winning ways against the struggling team.

Meet the Mets: Manager - Terry Collins
Starters - Josh Thole (c), Nick Evans (1b), Ruben Tejada (2b), David Wright (3b), Jose Reyes (ss), Jason Bay (lf), Angel Pagan (cf), Lucas Duda (rf)
Rotation - R.A. Dickey (rhp), Dillon Gee (rhp), Mike Pelfrey (rhp), Chris Schwinden (rhp), Chris Capuano (lhp)
Bench - Mike Nickeas (c), Ronny Paulino (c), Valentino Pascucci (inf), Josh Satin (inf), Justin Turner (inf), Mike Baxter (of), Willie Harris (of), Jason Pridie (of)
Closer - Manny Acosta (rhp)
Bullpen - Miguel Batista (rhp), Pedro Beato (rhp), Tim Byrdak (lhp), D.J. Carrasco (rhp), Daniel Herrera (lhp), Ryota Igarashi (rhp), Jason Isringhausen (rhp), Bobby Parnell (rhp), Josh Stinson (rhp), Dale Thayer (rhp)
Disabled List - Taylor Buchholz (rhp), Jon Niese (lhp), Johan Santana (lhp), Chris Young (rhp), Ike Davis (1b), Daniel Murphy (inf), Scott Hairston (of)

At the Ballpark:  The first 25,000 fans will receive a set of Mets Headphones on Sunday afternoon.

Phillies Probables: Cole Hamels (14-9, 2.80), TBD, Roy Halladay (18-6, 2.41)
Mets Probables: R.A. Dickey (8-13, 3.35), Dillon Gee (12-6, 4.48), Mike Pelfrey (7-12, 4.58)

2001 Fleer Game Time Sticktoitness #16 Pat Burrell

Nationals 6, Phillies 1
Game 156 - Thursday Night, September 22nd in Philadelphia

One Sentence Summary:  Boooo!

What It Means:  Another lazy, sloppy loss for the Phils as they limp into the postseason.  The Phillies dropped their sixth in a row and their record is now 98-58.

At least I'm not a Red Sox fan.  (Sorry, Section 36.)

What Went Wrong:
Featured Card:  Shockingly enough, the 'Fuss card did nothing to improve the Phillies' offense last night.

I recently added all my 2001 Phillies baseball cards to my Zistle Collection.  As I was going through the process of adding cards, I actually giggled a few times at some of the zanier insert set names from Fleer's 2001 offerings.  Some of my favorites include - Fleer Futures Bats to the Future, Fleer Premium Grip It and Rip It and Fleer Triple Crown Glamour Boys.  I thought the card featured here was particularly appropriate, given the Phillies recent run of crappy play.  "Sticktoitness" actually sounds like something manager Charlie Manuel would use in a sentence in a post-game interview.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

2011 Chachi #52 Erik Kratz

#31
Erik Floyd Kratz
Catcher

Bats: Right  Throws: Right  Height: 6'4"  Weight: 255
Born: June 15, 1980, Telford, PA
Home: Harrisonburg, VA
Drafted: Selected by Toronto Blue Jays in 29th round of June 2002 draft
Teams: Pittsburgh Pirates 2010, Phillies 2011-
Acquired: Signed as a minor league free agent formerly with the Pittsburgh Pirates, December 1, 2010
Contract Status: Pre-arbitration eligible

Complete Topps Base Set Checklist:
Kratz has yet to appear in a base Topps set.

1985 Donruss #549 John Wockenfuss

Nationals 7, Phillies 5
Game 155 - Wednesday Night, September 21st in Philadelphia

One Sentence Summary:  The Phillies remained winless since clinching the division, losing their fifth in a row, 7-5 to the Nationals.

What It Means:  Anyone else worried?  The Phils are now 98-57.

What Went Wrong:  Vance Worley (11-3) surrendered two, two-run home runs in his six innings of work.  It was Worley's final start of the season before he joins the bullpen to practice for the postseason.  Antonio Bastardo continued his recent swoon, allowing three more runs to score in the eighth.

John Mayberry, Jr. provided the offense for the Phillies, going three for four with a two-run homer in the eighth.  It was his 15th of the season.

Featured Card:  I haven't had to do this yet this year, but I'm going to go ahead and break out a Wockenfuss.  The 'Fuss is not pleased with how things are going with the Phillies right now.  This all but guarantees a victory and an offensive explosion tonight.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

2011 Chachi #51 Justin De Fratus

#37
Justin A. De Fratus
Relief Pitcher

Bats: Switch  Throws: Right  Height: 6'4"  Weight: 220
Born: October 21, 1987, Oxnard, CA
Home: Oxnard, CA
Drafted: Selected by Phillies in 11th round of June 2007 draft
Teams: Phillies 2011-
Acquired: Via draft
Contract Status: Pre-arbitration eligible

Complete Topps Base Set Checklist:
De Fratus has yet to appear in a base Topps set.