30 October 2015

2015 Topps Heritage High Numbers Set

Busting packs is a lot of fun, but when it comes to building sets and acquiring inserts/hits that you want it is a lot easier and much more cost-effective to buy sets and singles from people who've done the hard work for you. With that in mind, I went out and completed my 2015 Topps Heritage base set in one swoop by purchasing a complete set of 2015 Topps Heritage High Numbers (including the SPs!) from an eBay re-seller. It actually wasn't as easy as I make it sound, because I am a cheap guy and I had to bid on a lot of sets before I got a cheap one. It's the same reason I still haven't purchased a 2015 Topps Stadium Club set. I just haven't been able to find one at my price, which is admittedly much lower than that set should go for.

I picked out a few of my favorite card for this post. Most of them are Astros, but there are a couple of other cards here that I felt like scanning. Night Owl has alluded to the fact that Colby Rasmus isn't the most attractive dude in baseball, and I have to agree with the Owl on that point. He did, however, hit some timely home runs for the Astros in the playoffs and for that and his epic partying I can overlook the fact that he always looks a bit damp. The Astros fanblogs seem to think he's played his price tag too high for the Astros to keep him unless he agrees to stay in Houston for less money than he can get somewhere else. I picked that Gose card because his hat looks ridiculous. I understand that it's the style these days for some reason, but it looks like his mom put that hat on him for a Little League picture and she's standing off to the side remarking about how cute he looks in his baseball outfit. Mike Fiers threw a no-hitter this year after the Astros acquired him. Against the Dodgers. He benefited from a few calls during that game, but I think that probably happens during most no-hitters. I wouldn't expect him to throw another one any time soon, but it was a good moment for the team.

That Asher dude has got one heck of a last name. I don't know what else you can say about Carlos Correa. He got a little jittery at times during the playoffs and missed a couple of key plays. He also made some really big plays with his bat, glove, and arm that were absolutely bonkers. I'm a fan. We have another hat guy in Odrisamer Despaigne, who is doing his best Fernando Rodney impersonation. Bobby Parnell gets into this post as a 'Beard of the Set' candidate.

Billy Burns gets in because he is a speedy dude who helped out my fantasy teams this year. If I am recalling things right he was especially hot early in the year and cooled off a bit as time went on. Jerome Williams got in because his glove is pink, like bubble gum pink. I haven't done a lick of research on it, so I don't know if he always uses a pink glove, if it was a joke for picture day, or if it is a Breast Cancer Awareness thing. I saw a breast cancer thing the other day where a woman posted what her body looked like during breast cancer treatment, and she was pretty much burnt and peeled from shoulder to waist because the treatments are so corrosive. It definitely sticks with me a little more than another athlete with a pink accessory or a model in a pink shirt. I wonder if any of that stuff actually generates a dollar for research into cures for cancer? I have my doubts. Down on the bottom of the scan is a key piece of the Astros rotation in Lance McCullers Jr. and Jed Lowrie, a guy who spent his usual time on the DL and found himself without much playing time to come back to once he was healed up. Speculation is that he will go to some team that misses out on Ben Zobrist.

Syndergaard is on the big stage, pitching for the Mets in this year's World Series. As I write this, Game 1 is tied at 4 in the top of the 14th inning. Eric Sogard gets in because 'Nerd Power' is something I can support. Corey Hart makes this post because of his colorful tattoos and because he's squinting one eye kind of like a Pirate. Get it? Roberto Hernandez gets in because he's wearing the right uniform and because he used to be Fausto Carmona, All-Star pitcher for the Cleveland Indians. The Astros released him in August.

At this point I am just grabbing Astros from the set and trying to get to the short-prints. It felt like Gregerson did pretty well this year in the closer role, but I hear a lot of clamor for the Astros to pick up a flamethrower to take that role over. Valbuena provided some power for the roster this year and Marisnick played some good defense and came through with his bat a bit in the playoffs. I think the team could do a little better in the corner infield spots than Valbuena, but we'll see which parts of the roster they decide to shore up during the offseason. Preston Tucker's head looks unusually small to me in this picture. Maybe it's just because he's further away from the camera than most guys in this set.

And now we get to the short-printed cards. It is still kind of jarring to see Ichiro in a Marlins uniform, but that's what happens when you get old and really fade. You wind up wearing weird uniforms. I imagine he'll find a way to hang around long enough next year to get to 3000 (needs 65) hits and 500 (needs 2) steals, but I can't imagine there's much more than that left for him in the MLB world. I've said it a few times, but Evan Gattis was one of my favorite Astros this season. I don't know if he'll stick around, though. He is also in the 'Beard of the Set' competition. He wins points for beard shape, but Parnell's beard seems to have more mass to it. I'm inclined to give the award to Gattis. Maybe I am stuffing the ballot box, but I can live with those accusations. Max Scherzer is a favorite of mine, and his cards are always pretty cool because he's got different-colored eyes. I've heard good things about this Kris Bryant guy. He's supposed to be pretty popular among collectors.

1 comment:

  1. Gattis is the man. Watched alot of his at bats this year thanks to mlb.tv saw him hit the train tracks in left once. Still miss his power