I was thrilled when Panini released the Hometown Heroes set. It was a set similar to the Fan Favorites sets from Topps, though without the intriguing designs. Player selection was incredibly interesting with a lot of players who had not appeared in sets for years. But it was hard getting cards. I picked up a few random cards here and there but there were a lot that I still needed. Until just recently when I worked out a deal for the rest of the base cards I needed, plus one parallel.
2. 2013 Panini Hometown Heroes Dustin Pedroia. Pedroia is putting together a Hall of Fame-worthy career and won the Rookie of the Year in 2007 and the MVP in 2008.
3. 2013 Panini Hometown Heroes Jim Rice. Rice won the MVP in 1978 and is a Hall of Famer.
4. 2013 Panini Hometown Heroes Nomar Garciaparra. Nomar will be eligible for the Hall of Fame for the first time this year. He won the Rookie of the Year in 1997.
5. 2013 Panini Hometown Heroes Johnny Damon. Nice to see new Damon cards with the Red Sox.
6. 2013 Panini Hometown Heroes Ellis Burks. Burks was one of my early favorites. He won the Gold Glove and Silver Slugger in 1990.
7. 2013 Panini Hometown Heroes Mike Greenwell. Greenwell finished second in the AL MVP vote in 1988 to Jose Canseco.
8. 2013 Panini Hometown Heroes Pedro Martinez. Pedro should get elected to the Hall in January.
9. 2013 Panini Hometown Heroes David Ortiz. Like Pedroia, Ortiz is one of the few still-active players in this set. Ortiz is 34 home runs shy of 500.
11. 2013 Panini Hometown Heroes Zip Code Carlton Fisk. I still need to get the parallels for Jason Varitek. This is my first parallel from this set.