In recent years, they've gone away from this practice and this year's Topps Heritage set has only a few logical matches. As I've done in the past, the table below matches up this year's Topps Heritage Phillies cards to their counterparts from the original 1967 Topps set.
Aaron Nola and Ryan Howard share their card numbers with Terry Fox and Bill White respectively. The league leaders cards match up and Topps did a nice job replicating the Phillies-themed Hurlers Beware combo card. It's probably just dumb luck that card #359 in both sets belongs to the Phillies. Other than that, there's no real correlation.
- As a few other baseball card bloggers have pointed out, what happened to the little dot between the player's name and position at the top of the Heritage cards? If you're going to pay tribute to your own design, at least be accurate.
- The set features Jeremy Hellickson's first Phillies card.
- Notable Phillies omissions from the set include manager Pete Mackanin, pitcher Adam Morgan, catcher Cameron Rupp and outfielder Cody Asche.
- I'm fine with Aaron Harang and Jeff Francoeur being included in the Phillies team set as these cards could serve as final tribute cards to both veterans. But why did we have to get a card of Domonic Brown? The Phillies cut ties with him back on October 26th, two and half months before Ken Giles was traded to the Astros and Giles appears Photoshopped into an Astros uniform in the Heritage set.
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