Thursday, January 31, 2013

I'm going to be very late for the chase

The internet was all abuzz yesterday with the release of the 2013 Topps flagship set.  There were many pictures and commentaries about the various parallels, inserts, manufactured patch relics (or whatever they are called) and so on.  There was enough to read that it kept me out of trouble (or maybe got me into trouble) for most of the day.

I loved it all.  It was great to see the enthusiasm over the new product. The base cards really do look good.

Despite all that, I think I'm going to pass.  It's not fitting into the plans right at the moment.  Don't let me spoil the party though, I need to see those cards on your posts/tweets.  Yes, it's difficult for me to see everyone out there having a blast with the new toys, but I'm going to do my best to stick to my 1st goal that I posted on January 1st.

1.  2013 will be the year of Heritage, and nothing else.  Why Heritage only?  Well, this year's design will mimic the '64 Topps set, which is one of my favorites.  And if I'm going to go after only one set this year, it's got to be something I like, correct?
Now that I reread the goal, I probably should clarify and say that Heritage will be the only 2013 product I attempt to build.  The less I spend on current baseball products, the more I will have to spend on the vintage sets that I really have enjoyed building over the past several months.  

Sets such as 1973 Topps:

4 more from the Night Owl
The more cards I see from the '73 Topps set, the more I really do appreciate it.  The manager/coaches cards are something that I'd like to see brought back.  Topps had a great idea here with adding 4 of the "field leaders" onto the manager's card.

There are also some more modern sets that I'm working on, such as 2008 Masterpieces:

Thank you Jeroen!
Just 4 of the SPs left to complete the set.  Ryne Sandberg, Carlton Fisk, Johnny Bench, and Bob Gibson are the ones I need.  If you have a spare, please let me know...

Not to be outdone, there's always the Blue Jays to keep me busy...

Brian, thank you for the Jays!!
Once I get my ass in gear and finish going through the multitude of Jays I have, I'll start working on my want list that I have posted.  I've posted up to the '93 sets, but don't really want to add any more after that until I get everything I have in Blue off of my desk.  I still have the mega box that Ted sent me to write a post about. (the Adam Lind auto/relic grouping alone will be a post in itself)

Who knows?  Maybe I'll cave in later on this year and chase the flagship.  I have a reputation for being weak. 

At least I got through day 1 without my truck making a left turn into the Wal-Mart parking lot.  There's hope for me yet.

Thanks for reading, Robert


  1. I've taken a similar stance. Not as hard line, but one I think I can adhere to. 10 packs each of Series 1 & 2 when they show up and 5 of update. I'll pick up a boxed set down the road.

    My limited resources are all going towards vintage projects.

  2. Great to see the package arrived safely !! Love the Masterpieces set !

  3. I am weak as well.

    I would like to see coaches return to cards, too. It would be fantastic to see that again.

  4. Looks like you've got your plans for 2013 all lined up, Robert!

    I wish I could say the same for myself, but I can't.

    Looking forward to seeing you add to your vintage collection over the course of the year!

    In the end, it's your collection. Collect 2013 Topps, don't collect it, it's really up to you. You're not going to "spoil the party" for anyone. :)

    Anyone who says differently probably isn't collecting for the right reasons in the first place.