Friday, October 19, 2018

Payday Pack - Stories From Spring Training

This year's Heritage set is rather boring. Lots of poses, little in terms of action. Heritage High Series is more of the same. Rather than pick 3 cards based on best posture or most stoic look, I ended up selecting a few players I have seen play in person.

3rd Place

2018 Topps Heritage #579 Gift Ngoepe

I've seen Gift a few times over the years in Bradenton, where the Pirates hold their Spring Training games. Other than his unique name, I didn't know much about him. I soon learned he became the first person born in Africa to play at the Major League level!

2nd Place

2018 Topps Heritage - Rookie Performers
#RP-CS Chance Sisco

This past Spring, I got to see the Orioles play the Red Sox in Sarasota. Chance started that game, made some early defensive mistakes, then redeemed himself by crushing a home run to help the Orioles win. Now I have this sinking feeling he's going to be one of those guys that always hits well playing against my favorite team...

1st Place

2018 Topps Heritage #529 Mitch Garver (RC)

Also this past Spring, I got to watch the Twins play. Usually I'll try to get to the stadium early and try and get a ball signed by the players. The Twins were not very sociable this particular day, most of them just walking on by without acknowledging the fans. Mitch was the only Twins player that took the time to sign for the fans. Guys like him are the easy ones to root for.

Other Not Appearing On Stage:
#699 Miguel Rojas
#582 Brian Johnson
#528 Matt Szczur
#559 Miles Mikolas (RC)
#684 Lourdes Gurriel Jr. (RC)
#AW-3 Corey Kluber (Award Winners insert)
#602 Cesar Hernandez
#511 Scott Kingery (RC)
#624 Nick Ahmed
#665 Chase Utley
#698 Merandy Gonzalez (RC)
#542 Marco Gonzalez
#562 Joe Kelley

Oh, more thing:


1 comment:

  1. I agree with you about a few things here. The Heritage set is boring for sure. Part of the reason why I went "all-in" on last year's is because I knew I wouldn't be buying another Heritage issue for a long time (maybe six years from now when they recreate the '75 design)

    Also I prospected Chance Sisco a couple years ago because I thought he'd rake. Still keeping an eye on him and hope he does well-against everyone but Boston. Good on Garver for being fan-friendly. And Go Sox!!!