There is nothing quite like playoff baseball. And those who pull off the most heroic feats during those frantic few weeks become immortal amongst not only their fandom, but baseball history. The title of our third and final LE set of 2018 is “Post-Season Heroes.” Five players who put it all on the line and came up “clutch” when it truly mattered the most. The card variants feature names and dates that depict those iconic moments, as well as an autumn themed design inspired by the “Fall Classic.” All cards will feature holographic foil printing.
LE Format / Distribution
This set will feature 5 cards sold in blind packs. Each pack contains 1 version of the 4 player cards featured in the set: Joe Carter, Kirk Gibson, Jack Morris, and Curt Schilling. Every pack also includes the Aaron Boone manager card. The odds of getting each version of the player cards are as follows:
Standard: 75/101 | Post-Season Variant: 25/101 | Special Post-Season Variant: 1/101
The packs will be limited to 101. The player variants are statistically identical – the difference is purely cosmetic. Packs will be completely random, so you could theoretically get 2 variants in 1 pack. The packs will cost $19.99 or free with any order $39.99 or more. All items (both 2017 & 2018) will qualify except gift cards. A max of 5 packs will be allowed per person. Sales begin on Friday 9/28 and will begin to ship on Monday 10/1. This set will be sold until all packs have been purchased, or up until the final out of the World Series.
Joe Carter / The Back2Back: October 23rd, 1993: Up 3-2 in the 1993 World Series, Toronto found themselves down 5-6 in the bottom of the 9th. Things looked destined for a Game 7 against Philadelphia, until Joe Carter hit a 3-run shot to walk-off the series. The championship was brought to “The 6” for the second year in a row, putting the “World” in World Series.
Kirk Gibson / The Fist Pump: October 15th, 1998: In Game 1 of the 1988 World Series, Los Angeles walked into Oakland’s home stadium, a behemoth team that had gone 104-58 in the regular season. Everything was going according to plan, until an injured Kirk Gibson came in to pinch hit in the bottom of the 9th with 2 outs, down 3-4. His walk-off 2-run shot on a 3-2 count is probably the most iconic moment and call in baseball history, mostly due to him hobbling around the bases on two bum legs, pumping his fists, leading LA to eventually win the series 4-1.
Jack Morris / The Shutout: October 27th, 1991: The closest World Series in baseball history. 5 games decided by 1 run, 4 games decided in the last at-bat, 3 going extra innings. In Game 7, Jack Morris got the start against Atlanta for the 3rd time in the series. He put up a legendary 10 inning shutout, leaving him with 23 IP and just 3 ER for the series, winning him the World Series MVP in 1991 for Minnesota.
Curt Schilling / The Bloody Sock: October 19th, 2004: Starting 0-3 in the 2004 ALCS against New York, Boston had clawed back to a 2-3 deficit. The starter for Game 6 was Curt Schilling, pitching with stitches and torn tendons in his right ankle. He recorded 7 IP with just 1 ER, leaving the game with an iconic bloodied sock. Boston would go on to win Games 6 and 7, becoming the first team to ever come back from an 0-3 deficit in post-season baseball history.
Aaron Boone: October 16th, 2003: Like 2004, the 2003 ALCS also went to Game 7 between New York and Boston. Unlike 2004, New York was the victor, winning in the bottom of the 11th with a walk-off solo shot by Aaron Boone against knuckleballer Tim Wakefield. Boone enters the set however as the newly minted manager of New York, and not as a player. His manager card is a perfect testament to modern analytics – you might get burned, but if you’re willing to ride out the ups and downs of the percentages, then in the end you’ll find yourself with a serious advantage.
And there it is – the 2018 Post-Season Heroes set. Comment here or contact us on social media @clutchcards to let us know what you think! Are you hoping for a variant or standard limited edition player? Will this new manager card find its way into your deck? Remember: orders begin on Friday, September 28th!