Completed insert set – 2013 Topps Heritage Baseball Flashbacks

9 06 2014


This is one of the “standard” insert sets in 2013 Topps Heritage, that has been a recurring set for the past few years.  It honors some of the better games or achievements from players in 1964.

Info about the set:

Set description:  “Flashback highlights from the 1964 season.”

The set has a white border with the Baseball Flashback set name at the top and the name of the featured highlight at the bottom.

Set composition: 10 cards, 1:12 odds (2013 Topps Heritage)

Hall of Famers: 9.  Al Kaline, Bob Gibson, Carl Yastrzemski, Ernie Banks, Frank Robinson, Hank Aaron, Juan Marichal, Sandy Koufax, Willie Mays

The only card that’s not of a HOF-er is a card commemorating the opening of Shea Stadium.

How I put the set together:

  • 4 cards from the 2 hobby boxes I bought
  • 1 card from a blister pack
  • 1 card from a trade
  • 1 card from the NSCC (the National)
  • 3 cards from Sportlots

Thoughts on the set:  They’ve done this each year for Heritage – and I like continuation.  The point of Heritage is to honor a past Topps set – and having an insert set that also shows what happened in baseball is a good thing!

The thing I’d change are the same as last few years.  I’d number the cards in chronological order – I HATE THE ALPHABETIZING!  Also, 4 of the cards are just representative of good days that the given player had, and 2 more are something in between a historic achievement and a good day.  I like it much better when they commemorate historic achievements, not “Yaz had 6 RBIs”.  Things Topps could have considered:

  • A commemorative card of Reds’ manager Fred Hutchinson, who passed away due to lung cancer
  • It would be sweet if they did a Hall of Fame induction card.  Red Faber, Burleigh Grimes, Tim Keefe, Heinie Manush, John Montgomery Ward, Miller Huggins and Luke Appling all were elected in 1964.  Some kind of montage with their plaques would be cool.
  • Ken Johnson of Houston pitched a no-hitter against the Reds – but lost the game!  This has only happened twice in baseball history (though baseball no longer recognizes 8-inning no-hitters, in which case there would be 4 more).
  • Bert Campaneris became the 2nd player (3 have done it overall) to hit 2 homers in his MLB debut.

Card that completed my set: #BF-FA – Hank Aaron

This is one of 3 cards I got from Sportlots back in March to finish up the set.

Highest book value: #BF-SK – Sandy Koufax

Best card (my opinion): #BF-BG – Bob Gibson

This card commemorates Gibson’s dominance of the 1964 World Series.  This was his first time Gibson established his greatness in the Fall Classic.

2013 Heritage Baseball Flashbacks

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