After finishing up the JFK and stick-on insert sets over the past two months, I’ve finished my “master set” for 2012 Topps Heritage. The Update set is also included below – it’s sort of sequentially numbered, except Topps made a mistake with the numbering, making Update 576 to 675, which inexplicably skips card #’s 501-575.
Info about my set:
How I put the set (non-SP / SP) together:
- 200 (192/8) cards from my 1st hobby box
- 200 (192/8) cards from my 2nd hobby box
- 9 base cards from various retail packs
- 46 (31/15) cards from trades
- 5 (1/4) cards from Sportlots
- 9 SP cards from eBay lots
- 4 SP cards from a card show
- 27 SP cards from Check Out My Cards
- 100 card update set purchased directly from Topps
Card that completed my set: #480 – Carlos Gonzalez (1 of 10 SP cards I got from a Check Out My Cards purchase)
General Set Info:
Base Set composition: 500 cards (423 individual player cards, 18 managers, 10 League Leaders, 11 Combination cards, 7 World Series Highlights, 12 Team Cards, 19 Rookie Parade)
Base Set & Update composition: 600 cards (515 individual player cards, 8 duplicate players in Update*, 18 managers, 10 League Leaders, 11 Combination cards, 7 World Series Highlights, 12 Team Cards, 19 Rookie Parade)
* – Cody Ross, Ichiro, Juan Pierre, Johnny Damon, Edwin Jackson, Chris Iannetta, Bobby Abreu, Marco Scutaro are all featured on their new team
Earliest active current player from this set: #605 – Jamie Moyer
When I’ve done this for other sets – I do “last active player”, but for Heritage I do the earliest player. For last year’s set it was Pudge, but he retired in between 2011 and 2012. And there’s an even earlier player in this set – much earlier than Pudge, actually. Jamie Moyer is in the Update set with the Rockies; he made his debut on June 16, 1986. It would be interesting to know how many players from the set were born after Moyer’s debut!
Jim Thome has the earliest debuts from cards in the regular set (card #296) – he made his debut September 4, 1991.
Player with the most cards in the set: Adron Chambers – 6 cards.
For some unknown reason, Topps put some of the rookie crop on multiple Rookie Parade cards. Chambers had the most, as he was featured on 5 Rookie Parade cards. He also has a single player card.
Chambers – #54, 95, 208, 265, 321 (Rookie Parade), #458
Justin Verlander had the most cards if you don’t count Topps strange decision on the rookie thing. He has 5 cards – 3 league leader cards to honor each statistic from the pitching triple crown he won, a combo card and his base card.
Verlander – #6, 8, 10 (League Leaders), #218 (Tigers Twirlers), #44
First Card and the Hundreds: #1 – NL Batting Leaders, #100 – Paul Konerko, #200 – Curtis Granderson, #300 – Carlos Beltran, #400 – Jay Bruce, #500 – Michael Cuddyer, #600 – Yu Darvish
Highest book value: #650 – Bryce Harper RC (see below)
Of course the Update set would get this since it had fairly limited production of 1,000 sets. Harper’s card is currently valued at ~$60 by Beckett. From the base set, David Wright, Eric Hosmer and Ichiro all have SP cards valued at $10.
Most notable card: #650 – Bryce Harper RC
Harper isn’t my favorite guy out there, but it’s hard to pick anything but his card as particularly “notable”.
Best card (my opinion): #279 – Matt Kemp
Great picture of the guy who looked like he would have the title best player in baseball when this set came out. Unfortunately, injuries have kept that from happening, but here’s hoping he turns that around. This was one I didn’t even have to think about or go through cards – I’ve known this was my favorite card from the set.
Second best card (also my opinion): #44 – Justin Verlander (see above)
Verlander was just off my medal stand in 2011 Heritage, but I’m putting him as the runner-up for 2012. This nudges out the card for Jose Bautista which I also really like. I may like the Bautista photo just a little better. But Verlander was coming off a historic season – winning the pitching triple crown and the AL MVP – when this card was released, so that makes it better for me.
Best subset card: #331 – “World Series Foes” (Pujols / Hamilton)
Kudos to Topps with the foresight here! These guys now play on the same team, moving places as the back to back “biggest free agent signings” in the 2012 and 2013 off-seasons. This card beats out a combo card of Mo Rivera and Joe Girardi.
Favorite action photo: #248 – Kosuke Fukudome
There aren’t many action cards in the Heritage set, but this is a good one.
Favorite non-action photo: #279 – Kemp (see above)
I couldn’t decide if I would count the Kemp in this category. It is clearly a pose, so I decided it counts – otherwise I’d have put Verlander here.
My Favorite Reds card: #304 – Brandon Phillips
Brandon always has great photos. This is an easy winner. I’m using a previous picture where I had shown him next to a pack – hence why that wrapper is shown here.
Other Notable Cards: Here’s that Bautista card as well as 2 other cards I thought were fairly notable – a Cespedes RC and Ichiro as a Yankee (both from the Update portion of the set).
My “Master” Set Info:
698 cards – 600 “base”, 98 “insert”
- Insert sets: New Age Performers, Baseball Flashbacks, News Flashbacks, Then & Now, Stick-Ons, JFK Story
How I put the additional sets together: Boxes, packs, card shows, trades and online – various sources, just like I did with the full base set. I covered each insert set in earlier posts.
General Insert Set Info:
Most notable insert card of any type: 1963 Buybacks #537 – Pete Rose and others
To me this is unquestionably the most notable card from this product. The buyback card above was on eBay about a month after release with a BIN of $1,999. I’m surprised I hadn’t read more about it earlier. It’s kind of a big deal on a couple of levels – including the fact that they put a stamp on a Pete Rose rookie. But the bigger deal was – this was the first Pete Rose card since 1989 inserted into a Topps product. I think it may have been allowable since it’s a buyback – not really a new card.
Best Autograph or Relic card: Heritage Real One Special Edition #ROA-WM – Willie Mays
Topps got Willie Mays back in the fold in 2013, and this is one of the coolest autographed cards of him out there. Not only is it a reprint, but it’s one of the better pictures on Willie’s older Topps cards.
Best Insert card: Image Swap Variation #279 – Matt Kemp
The regular inserts are a bit bland – don’t get me wrong, I like them, but nothing sticks out. This is one of the few variations that Topps did that was cool. They switched the image from the bottom of the card with the front of the card. That’s a variation that makes sense to me – unlike a “color” or “logo” variation that just doesn’t seem cool or special in any way. I love this Kemp card because both the main picture and the picture in the circle are great shots – so the swap variation is another awesome card!
Best Reds insert card of any type: 1963 Buybacks #537 – Pete Rose and others
Obviously you wouldn’t be able to beat this as a Reds fan. But there’s also a Frank Robinson flashback relic that would be a pretty awesome pull as well.