Completed insert set – 2013 Topps Chase it Down

15 10 2015

Here’s another set I completed almost a year ago.  I finished this insert set from Sportlots last November.  Topps had the “chase” theme in 2013, and this one was of the defensive mindset.

Info about the set:

Set description:  “15 cards featuring stunning photography of players making some of the best catches of the year”.  This set contains horizontal, full bleed photos of players diving to make a play on the ball.  There’s a curved name plate at the bottom with colors based on the player’s team.  The back is black with a writeup of about 2 sentences discussing the player’s defensive abilities.

Set composition:  25 cards, 1:9 odds (series 2)

Hall of Famers:  None – all current players.

How I put the set together:

  • 4 cards from my series 2 hobby box
  • 1 card from a series 2 retail pack
  • 4 cards from a trade
  • 4 cards from Beckett Marketplace
  • 2 cards from Sportlots

Card that completed my set:  #CD-1 – Mike Trout

I got this card from Sportlots last November.

Thoughts on the set:  Love it.  To me, this is what an insert set is supposed to be.  It’s full bleed, so when you come across it in a pack, it contrasts with the base set and you know you’ve pulled an insert.  The photography is great, with minimal design to highlight the photo.

Topps has done quite a few insert sets that focus on defensive plays, but this one focuses on guys diving to make a play.  I really like the specificity there.  Finally, with all the inserts that have current and retired players, I appreciate one that just has guys who played at the time the set came out.

Best card (my opinion):  #CD-5 – Adam Jones

I like this photo the best.  Jones is completely laying out on this dive, and the photo captures it.  Josh Reddick’s card is a close 2nd for the same reason.

My Favorite Reds card:  There are none.

2013 Topps Chase it Down complete 2013 Topps Chase it Down complete_0001

Other tidbits:  There has to be something said about Chase Headley being in a set with his first name in the title.

Most of the blurbs on the back describe the specific play on the front.  The cards for Trout, Mike Moustakis, Headley, Manny Machado and Giancarlo Stanton just describe their overall defensive prowess.

There are 4 players – Bryce Harper, Jon Jay, Machado, and Trout – in both this set and the Gypsy Queen Glove Stories set from 2013 that I just posted about yesterday.  None of the pictures on the front feature the same play.  Jon Jay does have 2 separate plays from the 2012 postseason, in the NLDS and 1 in the NLCS.




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