Skip to main content

The one person not afraid to send me this card


This card has sat on my Nebulous 9 list for far too long. It was easily the most available card on that list for a long period of time and for months and months and months it was the last card I needed to complete the 2017 World Series subset from 2018 Heritage.

I finally received the card from Henry at Cardboard Greats. He's the one guy with the guts to send me this card, apparently.

I actually don't know why the other cards from this subset arrived so readily (some I pulled, some came via card packages) but this one did not. The only thing I have to go on is it shows the one Astro to do the most damage to the Dodgers in that World Series, hitting a game-winning home run in extra innings of a game that the Dodgers could easily have one.

But that was nothing exceptional in that series. It was a crazy back-and-forth series, full of tension, excitement and crushing lows. And this wasn't even the one late-night, walk-off Astros victory, it happened again in that bizarre, still inexplicable Game 5 as well. Yet, I've owned the Game 5 card since last summer.

But nobody need think that I wouldn't want an Astros card connected to the World Series loss by my favorite team. I've wanted this complete subset since I knew that it would appear in 2018 Heritage, before I even knew what teams would be in the World Series. It's a tribute to the 1969 Topps World Series subset, which is my favorite World Series subset of all-time, possibly my favorite subset of all-time. I want all of those cards!

Astros win? Still want them. Dodgers win? Yes, definitely. I'm about the whole story. Set collector. Sports journalist. Both sides of the story. The complete picture. The glory and the pain. Prologue to epilogue. The entirety.

So, finally, I have the entirety. Here it is:


Topps did a fairly decent job of replicating the look of the 1969 World Series subset. It changed a few things, and, of course, it had to squeeze in those stupid trademark symbols. But overall, a good look.

Here is the 1969 set, showcasing the 1968 World Series:


The obvious differences: "The Sporting News" has been changed to "The Topps News". The subheads are all in caps instead of up-and-down format. The red stars are missing from the final card in the 2018 Heritage set.

Now, let's compare each game side-by-side. Isn't it a good thing that each Series went seven games?


Game 1. Conveniently a dominant pitching performance in each game. Probably my favorite card from each subset, too.



Game 2. Each card features a key home run. Those copyright symbols sure do look goofy when you compare the cards side-by-side though. But I LOVE the Tiger headline.


Game 3. I like the '69 set so much I don't mind the crease.



Game 4. More mashing in each game. Topps has been a little loose with the headline rules the last two 2018 cards. In Game 3 it violates the "you never end a line with a preposition" rule and in Game 4 it splits the modifier (5-run) with the word it's modifying (Ninth).



Game 5. Ugh. This game. I like the Kaline shot much better.


Game 6. This game is often considered pivotal in 7-game World Series, dramatic even. Sadly, that wasn't the case in 2017.

Topps also violates another headline rule in the 2018 card with that "and" hanging off the first line.


Game 7. What I call "the Yu Darvish game". I felt sick just about entire game.



The recap. The '69 Tigers card looks more fun to me, and that's not just because the Dodgers lost Game 7.

We can't forget the backs in this comparison series.


Here is a comparison of the Game 1 back. As you can see, each subset began with card No. 162, a Heritage tradition, matching up card numbers between the two sets.

It's interesting that Topps goes with the team nickname in the 2018 subset instead of the city name, probably one of those dumb MLB licensing rules. And get a load of all that copyright information in the 2018 card, causing the boxscore type to be scaled back.


Those are the backs for the World Series summary cards. Now that's difficult to read. Zoom in with the magnifier and it's interesting that even in a famous "pitching year" like 1968, the team batting averages for both teams are far better than the ones in 2017.

I've been waiting to do this comparison for some time. I got it done, it just took a little longer.

Henry sent some other Dodgers goodies that had absolutely no Astros on them:


When Heritage comes out this season, there will be another World Series subset involving the Dodgers to collect. Even though the 1970 Topps WS subset isn't nearly as interesting to me as the 1969 one, yes, I will still want all of the cards, even though the Dodgers won just one game.

Send me those cards. I can take it.

Comments

Mark Hoyle said…
I’ll be looking for that subset. I think there are are a few WS cards in series 1
Nick Vossbrink said…
Really weirds me out how Topps has to italicize (or, in the case of italic set text, unitalicize) the team names everywhere. Also good lord that is a lot more players (especially Pitchers) in the World Series agate/pearl/brilliant-type summary.
Brian said…
McCarver / McCullers is a pleasing symmetrical visual too, for game 3.
BaseSetCalling said…
I have listened to a broadcaster who was a part of the 68 Tigers all my life, though he didn't appear in the World Series (Jim Price), and have listened to Mike Shannon some over the years too. So I have heard plenty of 68 stories for a really long time ... I need to step up and collect those original 69s - a heckuva run of cards.
Fuji said…
I really love the whole front page newspaper design of the 69T WS subset. It's probably my favorite World Series cards. Well... at least off the top of my head.
The Turrdog said…
I'm putting together the '69 set and doing pretty well. Those WS cards are some of the toughest cards to find at a reasonable price.
AdamE said…
Nice but they could have done a little better with the Headlines and made them match the originals more.

Game 1: Kershaw Fans 11; Spins Gem

Game 2: Springer's HR Dodges Defeat

Game 3: I got nothing...

Game 4: Dodgers 9th Inning Seals Romp

Game 5: Bregman's Key Hit Wins Thriller

Game 6: Dodgers 2-Run Inning Ties Series (Series because Ties Mark from the original sounds dumb)

Game 7: Springer Series Hero Wins MVP (With subtitle: George Hits 5th HR)

Celebration: They got this one right.

Popular posts from this blog

G.O.A.T, the '80s: 30-21

  I often call this current period of the television sports calendar the black hole of sports programming. The time between the end of the Super Bowl and the beginning of televised Spring Training baseball games is an empty void when I'm looking for something to watch on traditional television. I don't watch the NBA and the NHL on TV holds my interest for maybe a period. College basketball I can't watch until the tournament. This didn't used to be as much of a problem back when I could turn instead to my favorite sitcoms in February. Do you remember when February was "sweeps month"? (Maybe it still is, I don't know). Networks would make sure that every top show aired original episodes that month, no reruns. So you'd always have something to view during the week even when the sports scene was boring. (I know, people have multiple streaming viewing options now. But I find myself going weeks sometimes before I see something I want to view on Netflix or Am

The return of COMC and a ridiculous collecting quest

  For the first time in exactly a year, I received a shipment of cards from COMC last week. I wouldn't say COMC is truly back back. I did pay extra for the express shipping so I wouldn't have to wait however long we're waiting for COMC shipments these days. But the cards arrived in short fashion and it was nice to see something in the mailbox from my preferred online card site for over a decade until last year. I had waited a year to order what was in my cart. I didn't want to be one of those people who paid and then waited nine months for shipment. I mean, what if I ordered them and COMC went under? Those were the kind of questions that were floating in my head last year.   That meant that I did lose a couple of items out of my cart, but no big deal. Nothing in there was anything highly sought-after and I merely replaced whatever I lost with a new version or something else I liked. Many of my collecting interests are not high on anyone's radar, especially 2020 fli

Say hey, you guys

  One of the most significant cards in my collecting history arrived at my door today. The 1956 Topps Willie Mays card ties my formative collecting days to my current collecting existence, confirms what I believe in in this hobby, and realizes dreams from long ago I never thought possible. It also sets a couple of personal records. It is the most I've ever spent on a single card. Yet it didn't hurt my wallet nor cause any regret. In terms of a cardboard acquisition it is about as perfect as it gets. No guilt. All power and beauty. It removes a considerable road block in my quest to complete the 1956 Topps set. It was one of the Big Three that I fretted over for years. "How would I ever obtain that card?" And now it's here. I don't have to remind you that baseball legends from the 1950s (and '60s and '70s) are departing at a rapid pace. That wasn't a top consideration in landing this card. But with Willie's age (he will be 90 in May) and the way