This is my 5th insert set completed from 2013 Topps Heritage. Basically, I’ve now knocked out all the easy ones – both Flashbacks sets, Then & Now, Memorable Moments and now New Age Performers. What I’m still passively going for are the Bazooka (retail only and rare) and Giants (box topper and rare) sets.
Info about the set:
Set description: “Top current players whose past performances have eclipsed the giants of the past″. The set jumped from 15 cards to 30 cards this year.
The front shows a waist-above cropper photo of a current Major League star with a colored diamond and white background. The player’s team name is shown in large capital letters at the top, mirroring the 1964 Topps set. The Topps Heritage logo sits just below that in the white area. The back also mirrors the 1964 Topps set as far as color scheme and font. There is a write-up to the right that compares the “New Age” player to someone who was a star 48 years ago (i.e., Adrian Beltre is compared to Brooks Robinson based on Robinson’s 1964 season), with a few selected 2012 and career statistics of the current player and a cartoon at the bottom.
Set composition: 30 cards, 1:8 odds (2013 Topps Heritage)
Hall of Famers: None – as they’re all active players. Though there are a lot of Hall of Famers mentioned on the back.
How I put the set together:
- 6 cards from my 2 hobby boxes
- 5 cards from trades
- 9 cards from Sportlots
- 8 cards from Beckett Marketplace
- 2 cards from Check Out My Cards
Card that completed my set: #NAP-YD – Yu Darvish
As I mention above, there are twice as many cards this year. Which is probably why it was the last of the “easier” insert sets for me to complete in 2013 Topps Heritage. The cards are easier to come by on a per pack basis, but 30 cards is a lot.
I got the last card as part of a Black Friday COMC purchase in 2014. Yes, I’m over a year behind!
Thoughts on the set: I like the design on this one. The 1964 Topps design lends itself to a number of derivations, so I’ve liked most of the insert sets from 2013 Heritage. That said, I wish they’d kept it at 15 cards. And I definitely wish they had numbered the card set instead of “lettered” it.
And finally, the cartoon at the bottom is the same for every card!
Best card (my opinion): #NAP-MT – Mike Trout
I would tend to not pick the most notable player in the set (which Trout probably is, at least in today’s baseball world). But he’s shown on the basepaths, which is a much better picture for this particular set. And the comparison on the back is Mickey Mantle. Every time I see Mike Trout, I think “that must be what Mickey Mantle was like, minus the torn up knee.”
Best Reds card: There are none. Which is ridiculous. The Reds were arguably the best team in baseball in 2012 – I always felt like they blew their best chance at a World Series in that San Francisco series. So having no player in this set is bad form!
Any other tidbits: Here are the comparisons on the back.
- Adrian Beltre – Brooks Robinson
- Andrew McCutchen – Tony Oliva
- Albert Pujols – Orlando Cepeda
- Billy Butler – Ron Santo
- Bryce Harper – Tony Conigliaro
- Buster Posey – Joe Torre
- Curtis Granderson – Leon Wagner
- Clayton Kershaw – Sandy Koufax
- David Price – Jim Kaat
- David Wright – Dick Allen
- Felix Hernandez – Jim Bunning
- Gio Gonzalez – Mickey Lolich
- Joe Mauer – Elston Howard
- Justin Verlander – Don Drysdale
- Kris Medlen – Gaylord Perry
- Miguel Cabrera – Harmon Killebrew
- Matt Cain – Bob Gibson
- Matt Kemp – Willie Mays
- Manny Machado – Ed Kranepool
- Mike Trout – Mickey Mantle
- Prince Fielder – Jim Gentile
- Ryan Braun – Frank Robinson
- Robinson Cano – Billy Williams
- R.A. Dickey – Hoyt Wilhelm
- Starlin Castro – Lou Brock
- Stephen Strasburg – Dean Chance
- Wade Miley – Whitey Ford
- Yoenis Cespedes – Rico Carty
- Yu Darvish – Juan Marichal
- Yadier Molina – Tim McCarver