2013 Topps Tribute World Baseball Classic John Axford Autograph
I was actually disappointed that I had to get a card from this set. I actually thought long and hard about the Panini, but I could not pull the trigger on a non-licesenced card. I am not against them, but I really do not like the blanked out hats and unis. Real goofy. So, at the same time I was avoiding the Panini the World Baseball Classic set has been notably absent from my collection this summer. The absence of World Baseball Classic cards is not an accident. I really do not like the event. I know who won, but I did not watch a full game from the entire event. I watched this cool fight. Axford and Stubby Clapp both make an appearance.
The event has gotten stale after its third time out and I am not sure why Topps felt the need to commemorate the event at all this year, let alone do it with a really high end set. Needless to say, I would much rather have cards of the players featured in this set in their MLB uniforms then their national team uniforms, but in Axford's case I guess I will settle for what I can get. Really, this card is the better of two pretty bad choices.