Hobby boxes come with a blue package included inside which usually is a three-card strip:
Ugh. This three-card strip is as exciting as serving as the designated grass-growing watcher. I mean, Frederick Alfred Porcello is still young and showed some very nice growth in his peripherals -- and he has the distinction of being born on my 17th birthday -- while Prado was an all-star one year and appears to be the reincarnation of the not-dead-yet Placido Polanco. But Asche -- he's young and, um, he hit .235 and had an OBP of .302 and SLG of .389 last year...at third base and, um, he hit for a high average in the minor leagues, I guess. But this is pretty uninspiring.
Just for kicks and comparison, here's the strip I got in my recent 2008 Topps Heritage box:
Okay, enough complaining about Cody Asche.
In my second box of the 2014 Heritage, I got a nice little surprise -- a 1965 buyback of a guy that Baseball-Reference.com ranks as being between Dmitri Young and Billy Butler all-time among hitters...and with a nickname of "EZ" or "The Poet", I like this guy already:
Ladies and gentlemen, Ed Charles.
Each box had its own insert, of course, and I received two relics:
|Chicago Crime Dog|
Nothing against Troy Tulowitzki, but I seem to get relics from him more often than any non-Rockie-loving human being should. Also, nothing against Fred McGriff either, but I was kind of hoping for a little "better".
Okay, on to the other stuff, and I'll be briefer, using my best eBay over-enthusiasm, excessive font highlighting and bolding, and at least two more exclamation points per item than is necessary.
|The Wacha Action Variation|
|The Goldschmidt Logo Variation|
|Carlos Beltran...but they didn't update|
him to be on the Yankees?
|Jordan Zimmermann, Wisconsin Native|
|Stephen Strasburg, who is SOOO 2012.|
SILVER REFRACTOR (SN/565)!!!!
|You can't tell, but this is silver, not white.|
|I left this small to highlight its Mini-ness|
And, Finally, BLACK REFRACTOR SN/65!!
|Comes complete with a coupon for 20% off your first visit to Dr. James Andrews' office in Birmingham|
In all seriousness, the Heritage set this year isn't a bad set. It sticks to the tried-and-true formula from past Heritage sets. I never really collected the 1965 set before, so the coolness factor of seeing today's players in a set design from yesteryear that I loved just wasn't there for me. I guess I should go back to the first few sets of Heritage from the early 2000s through 2009 and perhaps to the 2012 set as well -- I had cards in my collection from those sets as a kid and still do. I may sit out next year's release and the subsequent releases (assuming Topps sticks with the path of releasing cards with the 39-years-ago design) until about 2018 or so.
It's not bad, but I'm just going to spend my money elsewhere next year.