2011 Topps Heritage #5 Clayton Kershaw
6.9 Wins Above Replacement
Clayton Kershaw's 2011 Topps Heritage card becomes the second 2011 card to make it into the WAR Set. Kershaw's Cy Young worthy 2011 season earned him a WAR rating of 6.9 which beat out Johan Santana's 6.4 WAR rating in 2008. Kershaw led the National League in wins, ERA, strikeouts, WHIP, and hits per 9 innings. He was also in the top ten in strikeouts per 9 innings, home runs per 9 innings, complete games, and shutouts. Kershaw was chosen to his first all-star game in 2011.
Loves to pitch against Andres Torres: 2 for 19 with 6 strikeouts (.296 OPS)
Loathes to pitch against Albert Pujols: 9 for 20 with 3 doubles (1.177 OPS)
Comment Question for Contest Entries
How old were you when you started collecting cards? How did you get your start?
I didn't start collecting cards until 1991 at the ripe age of 12 years old. A late start when compared to many collectors. I had moved to Georgia in the midst of the Braves run from worst to first and was exposed to baseball fever and sports card collecting for the first time in my life. Before that, none of my friends in Florida or North Carolina collected cards and the only sport I followed at the time was football. I am still a bigger football fan than baseball fan but it was that magical 1991 season while living in Braves country that spawned my interest in the hobby.