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Heritage High Numbers Mets

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.

3 thoughts on “Heritage High Numbers Mets

  1. Even though the checklist released last week had Clippard as a Met, turns out his card shows him with the A’s (Kelly Johnson is in the set with the Braves). Since Correa is in the set (debut June 8) and Schwarber isn’t (debut June 16), figure Topps’ go-to-press deadline was somewhere in the week between those two debuts. Sorry I gave you faulty info on that score; I was going by the checklist.

    According to the Trading Card database, Recker hasn’t had a card since 2011. He was with the A’s at that time. At least Scott Rice got some Panini Mets cards in 2013 (Prism, Select and Pastime, plus parallels).


    1. Thanks for the update – it makes a lot more sense for Clippard to be a checklist error. (Also, is it just me, or does early June seem a bit soon to close the checklist for something many people view as an update set?)


      1. Think about how many cards they have to print. Even though they aren’t printing the quantities of the junk wax era, they still have to produce a lot of cards and get them to all the shops, dealers and case breakers all over the country who (lest we forget) have to pay in advance. They have to have those cards packed up, boxed up, cased up and at the distributors at least a few days in advance of the official release. Then you have to consider all the other sets and sports they have to make. It probably isn’t all that easy to even find a hole in the schedule. Early June may be too early, late July too late. Plus, those boxed Heritage updates (no doubt easier to coordinate) were issued in mid-October (IIRC)–this one nearly a month earlier. Logistics.

        Given the release date of the flagship update is less than a month away, move the deadline a month and I suspect you’ll get Sano and Schwarber in that one, but Conforto is still unlikely–as are Johnson and Uribe. Bird and Severino, I suspect, are a definite no, considering they debuted in August. And Topps doesn’t have the luxury of “anticipating”, lest there be another Alex Gordon nightmare.

        Its a tad disappointing, but I love Heritage and I’ll take what I can get. Would’ve liked a Blevins, though.


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