Most of the cards in the 2020 Topps set feature the standard photo you’re used to seeing over the years. The cards have a vertical format, meaning that they are taller than they are wider. However, the horizontal cards offer a better action shot in most cases and this card is no different. Taillon is following through after just releasing a pitch, with his back foot up in the air as high as the top of his head, as he looks on to see the result of his pitch. The photo here is what drew us into featuring it in our store.
The back mentions Taillon’s second Tommy John surgery. Obviously we know now that he didn’t come back early from the surgery, but he was pushing to get into a game before the season ended. He probably could have pitched in a game at the end of the year because he was throwing to batters off of the mound in game-like situations in September. Taillon will be 100% to start Spring Training 2021 and the Pirates hope to get him back to that 2018 form you see in the stats line above.