Completed insert set – 2013 Topps Heritage Then and Now

8 09 2014

This is the third of the “standard” insert sets in 2013 Topps Heritage that I’ve completed.  I’ve still got quite a few more to go for 2013 Heritage, but I guess it’s good to get one of the easy ones out of the way.

Info about the set:

Set description:  “Statistical comparison of a 1964 player vs a 2012 player who were the leaders in statistical categories”.  The front shows the 2012 Major League leader in a specified category next to a player who was in the top 10 in the same category in 1964.  The reverse shows the MLB top-10 in that statistic for both years.

Set composition:  10 cards, 1:15 odds (2013 Topps Heritage)

Hall of Famers:  10 players – every retired player in this set is a Hall-of-Famer.

Aparicio, Bunning, Clemente, Ford, Gibson, Killebrew, Koufax, Mathews, Marichal, Brooks Robinson

How I put the set together:

  • 4 cards from 2 hobby boxes
  • 5 cards from Sportlots
  • 1 cards from Check Out My Cards

Thoughts on the set:  Like most Heritage sets, this is one that returns each year for Heritage.  This set gets limited by the older players Topps signed to be part of the Heritage brand.  Topps got half of the actual MLB leaders from 1964 into this set.  More detail is at the bottom.

Like last year’s set, I hate when they don’t number sets – these are “lettered”.  Second, Topps was all about re-using photos for the current players.  Most are the same picture as the player’s league leader card.

Card that completed my set: #TN-AT – Luis Aparicio / Mike Trout

I got the last card from COMC in May.

Highest book value: #TN-AT – Luis Aparicio / Mike Trout

Trout is about the most valuable current player, and he drives this card to the top per Beckett’s book value.

Best card (my opinion): #TN-KK – Sandy Koufax / Clayton Kershaw

The Koufax Kershaw card is awesome because a) they are both lefties, b) they are both lefties who pitch for the Dodgers, c) they are both lefties who pitch for the Dodgers who led the league in the years depicted, and finally – this was the same tandem in 2012 Heritage since both guys led the league in 2011/1963!

The Eddie Mathews Adam Dunn card was close – it’s just funny to see “the Donkey” on one of these cards.  Also, I was shocked that in 2012, Dunn was the only player with over 100 walks.

Best Reds card: None in the set.  Kind of depressing they couldn’t get a league leader in 2012 or back in 1964.

2013 Heritage Then & Now

2013 Heritage Then & Now_0001

Here’s the Statistic associated with each card and where the 1964 player ranked in the majors in that stat if they didn’t lead (and who actually did lead if they weren’t first):

  • TN-AT – SB:  Trout / Aparicio
  • TN-BV – IP:  J. Verlander / J. Bunning (4th, Don Drysdale led MLB)
  • TN-CP – Batting:  B. Posey / R. Clemente
  • TN-FH – SHO:  F. Hernandez / W. Ford (2nd behind Dean Chance)
  • TN-KV – K:  J. Verlander / B. Gibson (2nd behind Bob Veale)
  • TN-KC – HR:  M. Cabrera / H. Killebrew
  • TN-KK – ERA:  Kershaw / Koufax (2nd behind Dean Chance, but Koufax did lead the NL)
  • TN-MD – BB:  Dunn / Mathews (7th, Norm Siebern led MLB)
  • TN-MG – W:  G. Gonzalez / J. Marichal (2nd behind Larry Jackson
  • TN-RC – RBI:  M. Cabrera / B. Robinson (2nd behind Ken Boyer, but Brooks led the AL)



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