You thought I was done with 2021 Heritage.
*I* thought I was done with 2021 Heritage.
However, a Friend O’ The Blog who comments as Brett Alan made an observation that was too good to leave alone.
Side note: If Brett had a blog or a social media account, I’d link to it, but he has far more sense than I do :-D
In a prior post about 2021 Topps Heritage – which I’ve already updated with the information that follows, if you’re worried about ‘spoilers’ – I was scratching my head over why cards from the In Action subset would have the team name in tiny print on the front of the card…
My best guess was that MLB requires the team name to be on the front of the card somewhere… but if that was the case, why is there nothing like it on the front of the “Boyhood Photos” subset?
I was out of ideas on why this must be, and wrote it off as with a resigned “who knows”… Or to use one of my favorite German phrases “Weiss der Teufel”… The Devil knows.
…Not that I know many German phrases, but that’s one of my favorites.
…And YES, fans of 1980s baseball, Tim Teufel’s last name is the German word for “Devil”… and pitcher Jim Gott’s last name is the German word for “God”. I wonder how well Teufel batted against Gott.
Ummm …So where was I?
Oh, right, I still had no idea why the team name was added to the front of the In Action cards.
Here’s where Brett comes into the story; He got a light bulb over his head while sorting through some cards he got at a show.
It seems reasonable to assume that the licensing agreement states that the full team name must be on the card *somewhere*. That would explain the team name on the back of the base player cards.
The Boyhood Photos cards has the full team name in the header on the back, so that’s the deal with that subset.
But what’s on the back of the In Action cards?
Historical league leaders…
“So You’re A Baseball Expert”…
Many of these backs have absolutely nothing to do with the player who appears on the front.
So if you’re required to have the team name on the card somewhere and it doesn’t make sense to put “MINNESOTA TWINS” on a Ron Santo puzzle back, where *do* you put it?
Somewhere on the front.
As Brett put it in his original comment, now we can all sleep nights again!