|1963 Topps #455 and 2012 Topps Heritage #455|
Spring Training Game 18 - Sunday Afternoon, March 18th in Dunedin
Record - 7-9-2
One Sentence Summary: Cole Hamels struggled in his latest spring start as the Phils fell to the Jays, 10-2.
What It Means: I listened to most of this game on the radio, and the announcers were quick to point out that although Hamels surrendered eight hits in 3 1/3 innings, none of the hits were necessary a result of hard-hit balls. So I'm going with a glass half full approach on this one.
What Went Wrong: On the other hand, Jose Contreras was lit up in his spring debut, allowing four runs in 1/3 of an inning pitched. The offense managed runs in the first and ninth and they were generally quiet throughout the bulk of the ballgame.
The red-hot Lou Montanez added three more hits to his spring tally, raising his average to .448.
Featured Cards: Once again, the cards featured here have absolutely nothing to do with yesterday's game. I'm still digesting my first packs of 2012 Topps Heritage, and I've enjoyed comparing and contrasting the set to the original - the 1963 Topps set.
|1963 Topps #341|
The Jack Baldschun card featured here has a white slash running across the black and white mini-picture, which I believe could have been caused by a printing mishap. Back in 1963, Topps attempted to correct the error by releasing a Baldschun card with black dots filling in the white slash and the "slash repair" variation was born. With its 2012 Topps Heritage release, Madson's card pays homage to this variation by being available in three versions - the regular no slash version, the super short print white slash variation and the crazy super short print red slash variation. For the record, had Madson stayed with the Phillies, I would have felt zero desire to pursue these variation cards for my Phillies collection. I would have obtained the "normal" Madson card and stopped there.
Given the fact that the Diamondbacks, Mariners, Marlins and Blue Jays (along with a few other teams) didn't exist in 1963, it's only natural that players on these teams would have to replace players on the teams that did exist back in 1963. And as far as I can tell, Topps stayed true to each card's color combination no matter which team was featured. So nice job with this, Topps. Even though the short-prints will keep me away from collecting the set, I can appreciate that at least some thought went into creating the set.
Well, except for this nonsense.