The Mets’ magic number is down to three, so it seems likely that they should clinch at some point this weekend. (Let’s keep our fingers crossed.)
This week, Topps released its High Numbers update for the Heritage set. While the product has been sold in sets as an online exclusive for the past couple of years, this time it’s available in packs that you should be able to find now wherever you buy baseball cards.
The checklist includes
13 12 Mets, but it’s an odd mix. (Thanks, Stubby, for providing the checklist information.)
We get rookie cards for Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz and Kevin Plawecki, but apparently Michael Conforto came up too late to make the cut.
We get a card for Late season acquisitions Tyler Clippard (acquired July 27), but not for Kelly Johnson and Juan Uribe (acquired July 24) or Yoenis Cespedes (acquired July 31). Late season acquisitions Tyler Clippard and Kelly Johnson are in the set, pictured with their old teams, even though Clippard appeared on a pre-release checklist as a Met.
We get guys who you probably thought were already in the original Heritage series like Jeurys Familia, other guys who’ve been around all year like Ruben Tejada, Sean Gilmartin, and Hansel Robles… guys you probably forgot played for the Mets this year (Jack Leathersich, Alex Torres and Danny Muno) and guys I feel better about when I’m not watching them play too often (Bobby Parnell and Eric Campbell.)
Poor Anthony Recker has now appeared in 138 games for the Mets over the past three years and still has not been recognized on cardboard for his efforts. (At least, not that I’m aware. It’s entirely possible that Topps and/or Panini finally gave Recker a baseball card this summer and I missed it. I’ve really got to figure out what I got and what I need when it comes to 2015 baseball cards.)
But the good news is that there are no Mets in the short-printed portion of the Heritage High Numbers series, though Syndergaard has an action photo variation and a color swap variation that completists can chase.