Completed insert set – 2010 Topps Legendary Lineage

15 08 2015

My next completed insert set was one I started over 5 years ago.  Though in fairness, it really “only” took me 4 years to finish, and another year to post about it; I completed this set in July of last year.  This set has

Info about the set:

Set description:  “Dual-player cards link a current star with a past legend.”  Interestingly enough, Topps actually called these “Past & Present” on the series 1 sell sheet and at some point switched the name to Legendary Lineage.  Topps also did a past and present inserts in 2011, 2012 and there is one again now in 2015, so it seems like the idea has become a bit overplayed.  But at the time, this was a new idea for Topps flagship, and it was a good one.  I like the design on this set, maybe the best or second best out of the 4 years they’ve done this.

The front of the horizontally-oriented cards has a white border with a colored bar across the middle behind the two player photos.  The back has a statistical comparison and a write-up as to why those 2 players are similar.

Set composition:  75 cards, 1:4 hobby odds (1:8 for update packs)

There are 25 cards in each series, including 2010 Update.

Hall of Famers:  49.  Willie McCovey, Mickey Mantle, Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Ty Cobb, Jimmie Foxx, George Sisler, Tris Speaker, Honus Wagner, Johnny Bench, Mike Schmidt, Ozzie Smith, Reggie Jackson, Warren Spahn, Duke Snider, Stan Musial, Cal Ripken, Gary Carter, Whitey Ford, Frank Thomas, Hank Greenberg, Frank Robinson, Jackie Robinson, Bob Gibson, Tom Seaver, Dennis Eckersley, Tony Gwynn, Nolan Ryan, Carl Yastrzemski, Rickey Henderson, Orlando Cepeda, Carlton Fisk, Eddie Mathews, Al Kaline, Andre Dawson, Phil Rizzuto, Harmon Killebrew, Luis Aparicio, Lou Brock, Juan Marichal, Brooks Robinson, Yogi Berra, Ryne Sandberg, Dave Winfield, Walter Johnson, Rod Carew, Ernie Banks, Jim Palmer, Steve Carlton

Card that completed my set:  #LL-39 Phil Rizzuto / Derek Jeter

2010 Topps Legendary Lineage Rizzuto Jeter

I bought this card from Beckett in July 2014.  I was actually sitting 1 card short for over a year, so I had 99% of the set done within about 2½ years of starting this set.

How I put the set together:

  • 23 cards from a hobby box from each series
  • 32 cards from trades
  • 13 cards from Sportlots
  • 4 cards from an eBay insert lot
  • 2 cards from a card show
  • 1 card from Beckett marketplace

Thoughts on the set:

There’s a lot going on with the photos, but like I said – I do kind of like the design.  I mentioned that the idea has gotten played out, but at the time it was pretty cool.  The connections between the current and retired players is usually pretty good, though at 75 cards Topps really started reusing players (Johnny Bench has a card in every series) and started including current players as the older player.  For example – Victor Martinez is on there with Carlos Santana.  If Topps had kept it to 30 cards – maybe 10 per series – this would have been a better set.  Even 50 (maybe 20/20/10) would have been better and made the set more collectible.

Two very important things give this set high marks.  First, Topps hadn’t switched over to the “lettering” of cards yet – they were numbered.  Second, the pictures of the two players really match up well.  Topps clearly made a concerted effort to find a picture of the younger player to match up with the retired great.  Here are 6 of the many examples.

2010 Topps Legendary Lineage photo examples

Highest book value: #LL-17 – Cal Ripken Jr. / Derek Jeter

2010 Topps Legendary Lineage Ripken Jeter

Best card (my opinion): #LL-29 – Carl Yastrzemski / Kevin Youkilis

2010 Topps Legendary Lineage Youk Yaz

Unlike the last few years, a lot of these twosomes didn’t just feel like “two guys who are good and play outfield”.  Stan Musial and Albert Pujols is a great comparison – and I did consider that card – but it’s obvious.  Yaz and Youk have unusual last names that start with “Y”, unique batting stances that are showcased on the card, and of course they both played for the team in Fenway.  I also considered Hank Greenberg and Ike Davis, who are on the card for their Jewish connection, Ichiro for breaking George Sisler’s single-season hits record, and Reggie Jackson / Adam Dunn – the kings of “all-or-nothing” at the plate.

My favorite Reds card: LL-69 – Tom Seaver / Mike Leake

2010 Topps Legendary Lineage Seaver Leake

Mike Leake is one of my favorite Reds players.  In the kind of way that you tend to be a fan of a guy who isn’t your team’s best player, but is solid and seems like someone who works hard and cares about the fans.  My fantasy baseball team is called “Mike Leake at Macy’s” – though if you get the joke, you probably wouldn’t think it was funny.  I won the league the year I changed to that name, so I’m sticking with it.




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