Friday, March 18, 2011
Walmart 1, Target 0, Floating heads 8
Today has been a day of recuperation and reconnaissance. I'm happy to say I've been successful in both.
In my leisurely state, I journeyed to Target to acquire some 2011 Heritage that surely had been placed on its plentiful card shelves by now. But it hadn't. I looked to the pile of unopened boxes on the palate next to me. But all I saw on the boxes were stamped ads for Jolly Ranchers. I don't like Jolly Ranchers.
Still, I didn't get mopey. Since things were still leisurely, I moved on to Walmart, which usually isn't as prompt as Target when it comes to cards.
But as they say in the hobby, "that's why you play the game." Walmart did have 2011 Heritage. Loose packs. Rack packs. Blasters.
I am avoiding blasters unless there's a damn good reason. So I picked up two rack packs and two loose packs. That's 50 total cards for $17. I don't know how that compares with blasters. I used to be a lot more helpful in this area, but I'm having a hard time caring anymore. You buy what you want. How's that for advice?
As I mentioned in the last post, I am not collecting Heritage again this year. My goal with these packs was four-fold:
1. Get an idea of how Heritage looked
2. Get at least one Dodger
3. Avoid the unfunny card of the unfunny Brian Wilson (good luck blowing all those leads this year, class clown)
4. Find a floating head card
If I had looked at one of the rack packs more closely, I would have realized that I had accomplished two goals already without even paying for the cards.
Chad Billingsley is peering over the word "baseball" in the top compartment, and you can see floating heads hiding behind Halladay's legs at the bottom.
So, let's see what I got in each pack. I'll be throwing a few of these cards in trade packages, but I really need to catch up with some IOUs, so don't be looking to initiate any new trades right now. Let me get a chance to break even.
OK, loose packs first:
#232 - Giants Win Opener
Here's another reason not collect Heritage this year. I am certain there are Giants cards everywhere in the set. Nobody needs that.
#208 - Rickie Weeks, Brewers
#33 - Barry Zito, Giants
See? The capless shots aren't exactly inspirational either.
#273 - Chris Perez, Indians
#483 - Trevor Hoffman, Brewers (SP)
#144 - Babe Ruth Special - Farewell Speech
Gracious, the Babe looks haggard.
#395 - Matt Holliday, Sporting News N.L. All-Star.
I like these cards. These aren't short-printed like most of the Heritage all-star cards have been in past years.
#151 - Arthur Rhodes, Rangers
Seeing jewelry on vintage designs is very disconcerting. Hell, seeing jewelry on a 40-year-old man is disconcerting.
#112 - Luke Scott, Orioles
#32 - Russell Martin, Yankees
As predicted, Martin has lost his ability to take good card photos now that he's not a Dodger. Martin looks like all those Yankee fan-thugs who buy themselves a jersey and glove and talk real loud so everyone can pick up on their loser vibe. Russell, what have you done?
#305 - Mike Aviles, Royals
#246 - Andrew Bailey, A's
I like this card. Bailey was not treated kindly by Heritage last year. This is much better.
#210 - Evan Meek, Pirates
#229 - Pedro Ciriaco, Pirates
The old double reminder that Ciriaco is a rookie.
#NF-6 News Flashbacks, Dodger Stadium Opens Its Doors
Awesome. The News Flashback I wanted the most. There's also one of Jackie Robinson being enshrined into Cooperstown.
#200 - Derek Jeter, Yankees
I see Jeter enough, so here's the back of his card. Looks just like those '62s.
#175 - Adam Dunn, White Sox
#109 - Ted Lilly, Dodgers
There's a Dodger.
So far, so good. On to the rack packs.
RACK PACK 1
#340 - Chad Billingsley, Dodgers
I wonder how the players feel about all these close-up shots with Heritage? Especially the dudes with the bald heads.
#309 - Yonder Alonso, Reds
#104 - Domonic Brown, Phillies
I'm no 1962 Topps historian, so I don't know if the look of the numbers on the back of the cards are supposed to vary as they do with these two cards. I suppose I should trudge to the card room and do a little contrast-and-review. But you forget, I'm in leisurely mood. I ain't gonna do what I don't want to do.
#346 - Felix Hernandez, Mariners
Some of the cards in this set are very nice.
#445 - Prince Fielder, Brewers (SP)
I apparently have the Brewers short-print magnet.
#216 - David Aardsma, Mariners (chrome dome on full display)
#292 - Orlando Hudson, Padres
#67 - Zach Duke, Diamondbacks
#371 - Victor Martinez, Tigers
Photoshopped, and I'm guessing Topps lifted that background, too.
#60 - National League Strikeout Leaders
Floating heads!!!! I LOVE the leaders cards from '62 Topps. Lincecum looks like he just walked out of the high school bathroom, but otherwise, that is a bitchin' card.
#273 - Chris Perez, Indians
My first Heritage double. Over the offseason, Perez bought some booklet card that had the signatures of the entire 1927 Yankees lineup in it. I guess that's what you can do when you're a major leaguer.
#61 - Milwaukee Brewers
I'm just not a fan of 1960s team cards.
#18 - Managers' Dream, Albert Pujols and Ryan Braun
This card mimics the Managers' Dream card from the 1962 set, which featured Mantle and Mays.
#312 - Doc Shows Perfect Form
This card mimics the Warren Spahn No-Hit Form card from '62.
#99 - Brandon Snyder, Orioles
#404 - Mark Trumbo, Angels
RACK PACK 2
#52 - N.L. Batting Leaders
More Floating Heads!!!!! I am most pleased.
#325 - Alexei Ramirez, White Sox
#73 - Gordon Beckham, White Sox
What is that behind him? He looks like he's swinging on the front steps of a library.
#323 - John Jay, Cardinals
#50 - Albert Pujols, Cardinals
Anothe great-looking card. Some of these cards are the best Heritage cards I've seen since Topps started the brand.
#468 - Evan Longoria, Rays, Sporting News A.L. All-Star (SP)
The N.L. All-Stars aren't short-printed, but the A.L. ones are.
#425 - Kevin Youkilis, Red Sox
The last card before the short-prints hit at #426.
#239 - Brandon Beachy, Braves
#182 - Cody Ross, Giants
#359 - Carlos Zambrano, Cubs
#9 - Juan Uribe, Dodgers
My first Dodger Uribe card. I see Topps gave him uniform No. 9, which is also his card number. But Uribe has been wearing No. 5 in spring training. No. 9 was worn by Russ Mitchell last year, and Juan Pierre before that.
#237 - Winners Celebrate.
Look, the Giants are giving their muppet mascot a ride!
#C85 - Jose Bautista, Blue Jays, chrome parallel.
It's shiny, and I guess since it came from Walmart, the background is blue on purpose? I don't know that for sure.
#200 - Derek Jeter, Yankees. (A dupe)
#175 - Adam Dunn, White Sox (A dupe)
(Both of these cards fall within the range of numbers that could be "blue-tint" parallels that are supposed to come out of Walmart loose packs. But I compared the two cards with the rack pack versions and they look identical.
#322 - Bruce Bochy, Giants.
OK, so let's see how I did:
1. Get an idea how Heritage looked.
Check. It looks quite nice. A lot better than last year. Some of the cards are terrific. Some are blah. The capless cards are a complete turn-off.
2. Get at least one Dodger.
Check. I got three. Plus the Dodger Stadium card. Very happy.
3. Avoid the Brian Wilson card.
Check. I think if I don't buy anymore Heritage, I can avoid this the whole year. And DON'T send it to me. I'll be mailing it back.
4. Find a floating head card.
Check. I found two of them. Eight floating heads in all! Ya-hoooo!
People who think the floating heads cards are creepy might need some therapy.
That's about all I have to say. Wish I had something profound to add about the set. But you all know Heritage and how it works. In other words, if you try to complete the set, good luck to you. It's gonna cost you a lot of cash.