2013 Heritage vs. Vintage #13 – Subsets

22 04 2013

Up next in the Great Heritage Comparison are the Multi-Player Combo cards.  I’ll compare what Topps put together in 1964 to what Topps combined for Heritage this year.  I’m just picking 2 combo cards and  one of the World Series cards.

Card #219 – Young Aces

In 1963, young aces for Topps meant Al Downing and Jim Bouton.  But these guys, who looked very promising as potential future Yankee starters, never really panned out.  Bouton was coming off a 21-win season, and would win 18 games in 1964.  And Downing had just won 13 games in his first full season and also seemed promising.  But Bouton’s career plummeted after that, and while Downing was decent and won 20 games in 1971 for the Dodgers; that was one of only two really excellent seasons he had.  He’s best known for giving up one of the most famous home runs in history – Hank Aaron’s 715th homer.

1964-11980-F

The next card is a different team, but it fits pretty well with the theme.  The Nationals top 2 starters – prodigy Stephen Strasburg and Gio Gonzalez who had just come from the A’s last year.  Gonzalez, like Bouton, had won 21 games the year before.

2013 Heritage Young Aces

Winner:

This was an easy selection.  I love that Topps picked a shot with them in All-Star uniforms!  And, Gonzalez and Strasburg have almost matched the careers of Downing and Bouton already.

2012 Heritage leads, 25-22

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Card #306 – Giants Gunners

This was another one that Topps got right with the comparisons.  The 1963 version featured Willie Mays and Orlando Cepeda.

1964-1661-F

Topps didn’t try to change-up the teams here, get more creative with the nicknames or anything like that.  Just take 2 big boppers from the 1963 Giants and 2 big boppers from the 2012 World Series Champions.  Now I don’t think Kung Fu Panda or The Reverend will ever be confused for the Say Hey Kid or the Baby Bull.  But, it’s refreshing to know that Topps got this one right.

2013 Heritage Giants Gunners

Winner:

Two Hall of Famers on the 1964 card.  One of them a top-5 (at least) player in the history of the game.  Nothing against Pence or Sandoval, but they just aren’t in that arena.

2012 Heritage leads, 25-23

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Card #136 – World Series Game 1

This might be my favorite comparison of this whole set.  The first game of the previous season’s World Series is shown on this card, and both Game 1’s featured historic achievements.  These are two of probably the 10 most notable single game achievements in the history of the Fall Classic.  The 1964 card features Sandy Koufax’s record-setting performance of fanning 15 Yankees in a 5-2 Dodger victory.  This set the stage for a series sweep by the Dodgers, with pitching being the dominant factor.  The Dodgers’ big 3 of Koufax, Podres and Drysdale were too much for Whitey Ford, Bouton and Downing.

1964-2806-F

In last year’s opener, Sandoval kicked off a Giants’ sweep by becoming the 4th player to hit 3 homers in a series game.  And that set the stage for – well another series sweep that honestly was a fairly good pitching matchup after that first game.

2013 Heritage WS game 1

Winner: 

I’ve got to go with a tie here.  Both cards are tremendous in my opinion (though I’m sure Dodgers and Giants fans have their own favorite) – like I said, these are two of the most notable individual performances in any World Series game.  Sandoval was matching something that Ruth, Reggie and Albert had done before him, though I think it’s notable that his performance really set the tone for the series where many thought the Tigers were the better team. Koufax also set the tone, though his 15-K mark was bettered by Bob Gibson a few years later.  I love the horizontal orientation of both cards, so I’m going with a push!

2012 Heritage leads, 25.5-23.5

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