1. 96 overall, Mets Tom Glavine, 300 Win Club card.
2007 was my favorite year of being a Mets fan. I loved 2007 even more than 2015 when my dad got me and two friends tickets to game four of the World Series on the third baseline. My dad is awesome. Anyways, 2007 was the year Tom Glavine got his 300th win, and then 8 year old me had to figure out what a “key to the city” could open for quite a while (it opens doors man). Now I know it is just a trophy of sorts.
I am particularly excited about this in-game Glavine card and think it will end up being one of the most valuable cards in the game long term. In the previous MLB The Show 20 game, the only Tom Glavine card they released was a version of him on the Braves. While Glavine is no doubt an all-time great Brave, with him having spent 17 of his 22 seasons there it is terrific to see the game publishing a Mets version of him and doing it specifically by honoring his membership as a part of the 300 wins club, a feat he accomplished as a New York Met.
Tom’s 96 overall rating is highlighted by a terrific 99 rating for HR/9, honoring his legendary 0.7 HR/9 career average. He also has an over-the-top 112 stamina rating, a nod to his ultra-long and successful career and his ability to pitch deep into ball games. Fortunate users of the Glavine card are able to choose from his five-pitch repertoire which includes (in order of his best pitch to worst pitch) a 93 mph sinker, a 76 mph circle change, a 72 mph sweeping curve, a 86 mph slider, and 95 mph 4 seam fastball. Yea, 95 mph gas followed up with a 76 mph changeup? Good luck.
2. 92 overall, Tom Seaver, 1975 All-Star card
Now I do not know a ton about Tom Seaver seeing as I was not even a “twinkle” in my mother’s eye, as she likes to say, in 1975. In fact, my mom was 11 years old in 1975 (sorry mom). What I do know though, aside from him being the most valuable property in Mets Monopoly, is that he was greater than Jacob deGrom, and that is saying A LOT.
Tom Seaver comes in as a 92 overall in this year’s game. He is the third most expensive pitcher listed on the market behind only Fernando Valenzuela and this other guy who wears number 48. From looking at the record books I can see that Tom Terrific led the league five times in strikeouts and is still to this day sixth all-time with 3640 strikeouts. Seaver’s best in-game attributes are his stamina (need more be said for such a legend?) and his perfect 100 rated K/9 rating. I would love a chance to get to pitch with this strikeout machine in-game but will need to save up 84,995 stubs, I currently have 9,951. I’m going to save up okay! Seaver has a healthy five-pitch repertoire of 94 mph fastball, 93 mph sinker, 85 mph slider, 78 mph 12-6 curve, and 81 mph changeup.