2011 Topps Update Eric O’Flaherty US271 - Braves Card of the Day ⚾
Years ago when I was writing for Talking Chop, one of my first posts was about Topps declining to include a card of Braves reliever Eric O’Flaherty in their 2009 and 2010 sets. Of course, in 2011, EOF forced their hand with a season for the ages. (That would be the year where he had a sub 1.00 ERA and formed the greatest Braves bullpen ever along with Jonny Venters and Craig Kimbrel.)
I would go on to mention the Topps EOF card situation in post after post after post after post. This card has remained one of my favorite baseball cards of the past decade for this reason.
It also takes me back to one of my favorite periods of my Braves fandom. Back then, Braves twitter was just so much fun. It’s where the legend of O’Ventbrel was born. They had other nicknames too. I believe EOF was SIT DOWN, Venters was SHUT UP and Kimbrel was GO HOME. So much fun. Unfortunately, arm injuries would inflict Venters and EOF, but that 2011 bullpen was one for the ages.