Monday, March 25, 2024

The NBA cheated again last night for the Los Angeles Lakers

 What is going on in Sports. Does anyone really believe that Ohtani new nothing about the gambling. 

How could someone negotiate a 700 million dollar contract (defer 680 million of it) be so naive. 

It does not make sense.

What also does not make sense is how did the Pacers shoot only 16 foul shots while the Lakers shot 43. The Pacers committed 31 fouls and the Lakers only 14 in last nights game.

The Lakers are being called foul on only 15.8 times a game. THE LOWEST PER GAME FOUL RATE IN NBA HISTORY - OF Course they have the largest free throw attempt differential in the league (24.1 - 18.2) at 5.9, Boston is second with a +3.0 free throw attempt differential. 


Sunday, March 17, 2024

Is 2024 (1975 Design) the Culmination Peak for Topps Heritage - Probably Yes


Since Heritage began in 2001 with the 1952 set design the sets journey seemed to be heading to this set design (1975). Back in the early 2000s - collectors got to see todays players on the vintage classic Topps design. But are we at the Top of the Mountain with the 24th Heritage set. 

1975 Topps seems like the pinnacle of the vintage designs. 

Nothing that will follow this set can Top this set in the Topps Pantheon. 

Compare the run of Topps sets from 1976 to 1979 with 1966 to 1969. Those latter sets just don't feel as vintage or iconic as the earlier sets. 

After 1975, Topps did have some iconic designs such as 1983 and 1991 but maybe that is it. 

I would hope that Topps goes back to 1952 and begins another 24 year run of Heritage after this set (They probably are not because they are going to use the Chrome platinum sets to keep giving us Todays players on classic design). Leave post 1975s sets to archives and inserts.

Are we at the Pinnacle of Heritage, I think so and it is only down hill from here. 

P.S. Thank God they are using the All Star logo in this set.  

Sunday, March 10, 2024

Will Ronald Acuna highlights be Card 1 in 2024 Heritage - Probably

 If Topps stays true to form (I this case I believe they will). Ronald Acuna Jr. highlights card will be card No 1. in the Heritage Set (75 design) will the caption Acuna sets HR/SB mark.

Will Ronald Acuna card number 1 have the NL All Star logo on it. He was a starter in the All Star game.  I am not sure about this one. I want Topps to put All Star logos on the cards but I think it is  50/50 proposition. 

Also, I think there is a good chance that Card number 4 will be a Miguel Cabrera highlights (to mimic Al Kaline). It might say something like Cabrera retires in 3000 hit club. 

Friday, March 8, 2024

Topps is going to Short Print the first 100 cards of 2024 Heritage - Are you kidding me.

 What a way to ruin a good thing,

The second most anticipated Heritage set of my lifetime (Behind 2021 - 1972 design), Topps finds a way to ruin it.

I knew they were going to SP even though there were none in 1975, but I assumed it would be 401-500.

No, it comes at the front of the set 1-100. I think they are looking to sell more cases because they assume more people then chase the SPs - they may be right because the 1975 seems to the most beloved set until going back to the early 1960s or 1950s.

It can be worse - if they can short print most the the stars such as Trout, Harper, Ohtani, Soto, Acuna 

and it could of been even worse where the SP scatter shot throughout the set of 1-500 (which I think they were doing 10 years ago)

What a way to ruin a good thing,

Updated: Also No Minis