Sunday, December 16, 2012
My top 25 sets #10: 2011 Topps Heritage
Set 2011 Topps Heritage
Number of cards in set: 500
Key RCs: Darwin Barney, Freddie Freeman, Jeremy Hellickson
Is the set built?: 468/500 (missing 32 SPs)
What I like about this set: I love the wood grain borders. The copy of the 1962 design is a winner in my book, because the set is easily distinguishable from the other releases. The photos for the most part are really nice, and the backs of the cards are an easy read. The look and feel of this set is the main reason that I am working towards completing this set. I've bought lots of Heritage in the past, but none of the sets have inspired me to complete them as much as the '11 set has. I am a big fan of the '64 set, so we'll see if the '13 Heritage release inspires me like this one did.
What I don't like about this set: I will whine and moan about this until Topps changes the number of SPs in the set. I'm sorry, but 75 is just way too much. Do the math: 75 SPs at a rate of 1 in every 3 packs, so in a perfect world, you would have to buy 225 packs to obtain all 75 SPs. At 24 packs in a hobby box, you're buying a minimum of 9 boxes. Those who have pulled the SPs are not letting them go easily, the $6 common price is still not far fetched almost 2 years after release. Rant over....
I did a search for hobby boxes for this set while writing this post, and the disparity is alarming. While hobby boxes on Dave & Adam's are going for $71, on eBay the prices are in the $85 range, while a 12 box case is up for $970 (just under $81 a box). Unlike the '12 release which saw hobby boxes crash below the $50 mark, this set appears to have some staying power...so far anyhow.
thanks for reading, Robert