Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Heritage Trade

This trade knocked off a bunch of the base cards I still needed from 2017 Topps Heritage, as well as knocking off one of the Chrome cards from my wantlist.  Heritage is often one of my favorite sets because of the large size, player selection, and the fact that it is often the first time new acquisitions appear, even if they are photo-shopped.  
1.  2017 Topps Heritage Jose Altuve/Dustin Pedroia/Mookie Betts.  This is the batting average league leaders card.  Boston has not had a batting title since Bill Mueller in 2003, which is a fairly significant drought for this team.

2.  2017 Topps Heritage Rick Porcello/J.A. Happ/Corey Kluber.  This is the wins league leader card.  Porcello is the first Red Sox pitcher to lead the league in wins since Josh Beckett won 20 in 2007.  Beckett though did not win the Cy Young Award like Porcello did.

3.  2017 Topps Heritage Hanley Ramirez.  Ramirez was one of many players to be slowed by the flu early in the season.  Hanley is approaching 100 cards in my Red Sox collection, though he is helped significantly by having been a semi focus back when he was a prospect in the Red Sox system.

4.  2017 Topps Heritage Chris Young.  This is one of the better examples of the great player selection in Heritage.  Young has only appeared in a couple of sets so far with Boston, despite being a very impressive player in part-time work.

5.  2017 Topps Heritage Mitch Moreland.  This is my first Moreland card.  He was one of three big acquisitions by the Red Sox after winning the Gold Glove for first-basemen last year.

6.  2017 Topps Heritage David Ortiz AS.  It won't be long now for Ortiz to stop showing up in sets.

7.  2017 Topps Heritage Mookie Betts AS.  Betts has also been a victim of the flu situation.  So he has not played much yet.

8.  2017 Topps Heritage Chrome Chris Sale.  This is my second Chris Sale card.  I picked up the Topps Now card the day after the trade.  Sale had a very impressive debut with Boston, but did not get the win as Boston is having trouble scoring often.

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