I collect Heritage every year, but I don’t even think about completing the set; I just buy packs and blasters as the mood strikes me, and after the dust settles I pick up Mets, Orioles, favorite players and maybe some other cards.
I’m normally not big on the general variation gimmicks, but I have to admit that I’m really intrigued at the 2013 gimmick of having Colts variations of the Astros cards. I’ll probably see if one or two fall into my hands, and if not, I’m sure that after a year or two I’ll be able to pick up a cheap Fernando Martinez or Jose Altuve.
When I started working on the custom pictured here, I went to try to find a photo with the Colts throwback, and I realized one of the challenges that faces Topps… how many players are there who played in those throwback games and are still on the Astros? Carlos Lee? Gone. Chris Johnson? Gone. J.A. Happ? Gone. Justin Ruggiano? Travis Buck? Brandon Lyon? David Carpenter? Brett Myers? Brian Bixler? Ben Francisco? Gone, gone, gone, gone, gone, gone and gone. Even manager Brad Mills is gone.
Most of the rest of the 2013 Heritage ‘features’ aren’t terribly interesting to me. The super short prints make me really glad I don’t try to collect the Heritage set, and even more glad that I’m not a Yankees or Rangers fan (since the SSP’s are supposed to be the top All-Star vote-getters).
I love the 1964 Topps Giants set, so I should be drooling over the box toppers in this set… but I still haven’t picked up any of the similar box-toppers from last year’s Lineage set, or from the one Upper Deck Vintage set which did the same. I guess we’ll see what happens.
Oh, as far as the minis go, I have a message I’d like to share… this is from me to Topps…
ENOUGH WITH THE FREAKING MINIS!!!!!!
Finally, I hope that Topps isn’t provided with any reasons to replicate this card from 1964 Topps: