Friday, September 21, 2018

Two Hanger Boxes of 2018 Topps Heritage High Numbers

As usual, Topps has managed to put out an Update version of Heritage that would have been timely in about June. Not that it's a bad set, it's just...similar to Topps Update (at least last year's set, though I'm fearing this will apply to this year's as well), it doesn't mean much if it's trying to update uniforms that have themselves already been updated. Plus, not every rookie here is timely, and there are some that have lost relevance months ago that are here.

Nevertheless, I got two Hanger Boxes. I'm going to try and review this set as fairly as I can, though, that said, I'm going to have a running tally of players who've been traded since release. Because I can only be so kind.

Box #1-
580- Ronald Acuna. LITERALLY THE FIRST CARD I PULL is probably the only card worth pulling according to most of the blogosphere. I guess I've peaked.
517- Jonathan Lucroy, the sole A's starter not hitting over 10 home runs.
551- Tyler Clippard. Kinda done with him, tbh. He hasn't been consistent in a while.
545- Preston Tucker
634- Dylan Cozens. A rare Phillies rookie that didn't do much this year.
526- Steven Souza Jr.
590- Dereck Rodriguez, one of the only other non-Yankee rookies I cared about pulling.
591- Kevin Plawecki
550- Leonys Martin. Outdated Update #1- Martin is not only on the Indians, but also on the DL.
671- Carlos Gomez. A shame this guy really couldn't perform well outside of Milwaukee.
569- Greg Holland
572- Tyler Skaggs, the Angels best non-Ohtani arm this year
687- Roberto Perez
587- Brandon McCarthy, a better Twitter presence than ballplayer at this point, sadly.
680- Cheslor Cuthbert
701- Stephen Piscotty
69 Yellow insert of ICHIRO, which is nice
Now and Then insert of Shohei Ohtani, which is also nice
Deckle Edge of Scott Kingery. Nice to pull a Phillie one of these.
639- Anibal Sanchez
613- Christian Arroyo, who sort of lost his use after the Rays called up Willy Adames
573- Max Stassi, who sort of lost his use after the Astros traded for Martin Maldonado
689- Wade Davis
679- Carson Smith
595- FREDDY GALVIS. Kinda disappointed in SD, but still pretty cool.
676- Keynan Middleton, who needs to stay healthy in order to be a great reliever
507- Jacob Barnes
625- Mitch Moreland
645- Tyson Ross. Outdated Update #2- Now on the Cardinals, but I appreciate that we got one last Padres issue of him.
593- Jaime Barria
678- Drew Robinson
566- Adam Ottavino, one of the few decent relievers in Colorado this year
552- Adeiny Hechavarria. Outdated Update #3- Traded to Pittsburgh, then to the Bronx
516- Hector Velazquez
597- Luis Valbuena

Box 2-
691- Brock Holt, now kinda back to being an impressive bench bat
620- Jordan Hicks RC, which is nice.
577- Jesse Biddle
638- Logan Forsythe. Outdated Update #4- now killing it in Minneapolis.
693- Daniel Palka
640- Anthony Santander, who's 3 rookie outfielders ago for Baltimore.
682- Lance Lynn. Outdated Update #5- now on the Yankees
661- Darren O'Day. Outdated Update #6- Now injured for the Braves
635- Austin Romine. RO. WELL DONE, TOPPS.
652- Seung-Hwan Oh. Outdated Update #7- now with the Rockies
584- Jurickson Profar, who had a nice comeback this year
578- Victor Caratini
586- Mike Gerber
666- Alex Avila. Yeah, that card number says it all for Avila's 2018 season
540- David Bote, who seems like a fun Chicago bench player
Rookie Performers insert of Christian Villanueva
704- Yonder Alonso SP.
502- JUAN SOTO...MINI NUMBERED TO 100. THAT IS A COOL PULL. The future NL ROY (probably) in a cool, low-numbered insert. Very nice.
Award Winners insert of Jose Altuve
674- Isiah Kiner Falefa, one of the more intriguing rookies of the year
622- Jake Odorizzi
502- Juan Soto RC. And even better, now I get the real thing.
514- Matt Duffy
617- Shane Greene, who had a nice year as the Tigers' closer
532- JD Davis
521- Seth Lugo
601- Matt Albers
585- Brian Goodwin. Outdated Update #8, now with Kansas City
695- David Peralta. He...wasn't in Low-Numbered Heritage???
605- Marcus Walden
632- Sergio Romo, who did well as closer for the Rays this year
615- Matt Koch
700- Dan Vogelbach
688- Fernando Romero
648- Austin Jackson. Outdated update #9-traded to Texas, then signed by the Mets, who've been using him insanely well.

Overall...yeah, it's fine. I don't have a ton of problems here, it's just more Heritage, which is always nice. Just...ya gotta be more careful with releasing this in September after a lot of these guys have been traded.

1 comment:

  1. I didn't know that Tyler Clippard was even in this set until I saw this post. Looks like I'll finally add a Jays card to my 2/14 collection.