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Topps not seeing stars on this year’s Mets team

It’s becoming clear that Topps now thinks of the New York Mets as a second-tier team.

I'm pretty sure R.A. Dickey is a better choice for a spot in a baseball card set than Jason Bay in 2012, but Topps does not agree.

While there are 13 Mets cards in the 33o-card Topps Series 1 (14 if you count the National League Batting Leaders card), there are only three in the 220-card Topps Opening Day set that just came out (175 Jason Bay, 187 David Wright and 195 Ike Davis).

To compare, there are five Pittsburgh Pirates in the Opening Day set (17 Pedro Alvarez, 34 James McDonald, 144 Andrew McCutchen, 152 Neil Walker, 168 Jose Tabata and 193 Casey McGhee).

The Mets fare better in Topps Heritage, out this week, where they have at least 15 cards in the 500-card set:

1 NL Batting Leaders – Reyes, Braun, Kemp, Pence, Votto
27 Josh Thole
59 R.A. Dickey
78 Daniel Murphy
93 Johan Santana
107 Ruben Tejada
112 Mets – Team Card
191 Rookie Stars (Hendriks, Liddi, Moore & Schwinden)
204 Chris Schwinden
228 Rookie Stars (Hagadone, Satin, Hughes, Benson)
233 Terry Colins – Mgr
245 Lucas Duda
292 Justin Turner
363 Rookie Stars (Dominguez, Schwinden, Savery & Peacock)
426 Frank Francisco
436 Ike Davis
467 David Wright
475 Jason Bay

But then according to a preliminary checklist for this summer’s 350-card Allen & Ginter set, there are only five Mets cards to look forward to: 114 Johan Santana, 121 David Wright, 163 Tom Seaver, 164 Ike Davis, and 191 Jason Bay.

I can’t exactly argue that Topps is neglecting a lot of players with star power, but it does look like I’ll be saving money that I might otherwise have been tempted to spend on 2012 baseball cards this summer.

4 thoughts on “Topps not seeing stars on this year’s Mets team

  1. Just opened my box. For those buying Mets team sets, you should probably be aware that, in addition to his regular card (#204), Chris Schwinden also appears on at least two different “floating heads” rookie cards–#191 and #362. Since one box doesn’t yield an entire set or even base set, I can’t speak to whether or not more Schwinden floating heads turn up. But it does seem that a lot of the floating heads are repeated and a lot have their own cards. Not the way I’d have gone with it but, you know, Topps does what it does.

    I am a bit disappointed in the Heritage pictures, though. Topps has continued using the washed out and faded look of past years. But I remember buying the 63s (and still have many); by and large, the original 63 photography was crisp, clear and colorful. Not so the 2012 Heritage. Really a big let down from my favorite product. And, if they continue this washed out look as we get into what I feel were Topps best design years (64-67), I may have to stop buying Heritage. They’re doing their legacy a disservice.


    1. Thanks for the catch on the floating head cards… I really can’t see why Chris Schwinden needs three cards in one set. (They should have included a fourth, so he could have one for each ML game he appeared in during September.)

      I’ve yet to see any of this year’s cards in person. I like the 1963 set, so I had high hopes for Heritage this year.


      1. Forgot to mention there is also a Josh Satin “floating head” card (#228). I didn’t see any additional Satins–floating head or otherwise.


      2. Thanks. I’ll have to take the time this weekend to make sure I have all of the multi-player & shortprint cards on the checklist & figure out the inserts so I know what exactly I’m looking for this year.


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