2013 Heritage & 1964 Topps – 1990 Reds and Big Red Machine

8 05 2013

There was one Big Red Machine member in the players in the 1964 Topps set.  Pete Rose was the reigning NL Rookie of the Year, and 1964 was his first “solo” card.  He also has a Topps Venezuelan version as well.

1964 Topps Venezuelan Rose

1964 Topps Venezuelan Rose Back

In the 2012 Heritage product, Topps stamped a Pete Rose rookie card and inserted into packs as a 50th anniversary buyback; it sold on eBay last year.  I’m not sure if they did so for Rose’s card this year, but I’d assume they did.  However I haven’t seen that one on eBay.  I found this very interesting at the time last year; for the first time since 1989, a Pete Rose card was included in a baseball card product licensed by MLB.  It’s not an original card, which is why it’s OK, I guess.

There are no other Big Red Machine members in 2013 Heritage or 1964 Topps, however there is a single member of the 1990 Reds team.  Though many of the players from that team weren’t even born yet, the team’s manager had his first card in 1964 Topps.  Lou Piniella was featured on the first of 3 “rookie prospect” cards in 1964.  He took a while to make it to the bigs, as his next Topps card wasn’t until 1968.  He was on a card early enough on that he also has a Venezuelan edition, too, and probably a buyback version in 2013 Heritage (though I haven’t seen one on eBay yet).

1964 Topps Lou Piniella




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