The 2014 Topps Heritage High Numbers set is expected to show up next week (though the final checklist remains a company secret, apparently.) But that’s ok… see, I just recently picked up the two Mets cards from last year’s Topps Heritage High Numbers set.
John Buck was already a former Met by the time this card came out last year. Buck got off to a hot start to the season and then was traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates along with Marlon Byrd to obtain Vic Black and Dilson Herrera on August 27th, 2013. You couldn’t ask for much more from a player who was essentially a throw-in in the R.A. Dickey trade. Buck played in a handful of games for the Mariners and Angels this year, but also spent time in the minor leagues.
Zack Wheeler‘s rookie card was the more in-demand of the pair of Mets in this set. Wheeler has the stuff to be a frontline starter in the major leagues, but he’s still trying to put it all together. He went 11-11 with a 3.54 ERA in his first full big league season, and he improved on his strikeouts per nine innings, walks per nine innings and home runs per nine innings numbers from his rookie year. Wheeler’s combination of major league success and potential (he’s just going to turn 25 next season) have made him the subject of trade rumors, but I find it hard to believe that the Mets will let him go now.
Topps Heritage fans – do you get the High Number update series, or do you count your set complete with the pack-released cards?
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I pick up anything I can get relatively cheap (i.e. $1 or so) and don’t worry about the rest. I don’t have the Wheeler yet, but I also haven’t tried very hard to track it down.
I have to admit that I didn’t try all that hard, either. I got it because the eBay dealer I bought my 2014 Stadium Club team set from offered combined shipping on all purchases, so I checked to see what else they had that I could use.
For what its worth, I counted the Topps Vault Heritage high number images I had found and there were precisely 100. Which leads me to believe we may, indeed, get 7 Mets in the Update. I pre-ordered a set (since they’re being offered through regular distribution channels this year). But I pre-ordered it at the same time I pre-ordered 2015 Heritage, so I’m just hoping they don’t hold the update til they ship the 2015 stuff. That would kind of suck.
I consider my Mets runs complete with just the regular (in packs) release. But I usually make the effort to get the Update Mets as well, if they’re affordable. I never count nor pursue inserts. If I get them, somehow, I consider it gravy.
I can tell you are really looking forward to the Heritage Update cards. 🙂 (Though if we’re getting a 7-card Mets team set, I’m kind of looking forward to the cards too.)
With Heritage, my goal is to have every Mets card from the regular set (pack based & high-numbers), plus any “common” unique inserts. (Parallels don’t count, relics and autographs don’t count, and box toppers don’t count, but photo variations and other simulated “errors” do.) And since they got up to the 1962 design, I try to get one original Mets buyback card to put with my team set.
I’ve only achieved my goal a handful of times. I usually don’t get all of the short-prints or inserts. A project for down the road is to get all of my Heritage cards together and figure out what I’m missing. (Right now, I have them stored by year with all of my other Mets team sets.)
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