I was on the fence about 2013 Heritage and whether or not I would collect the set this year. I am somewhat fond of the 1964 design, I especially like the orange backs, but I wasn't sure if that was enough. I went to Target and bought a blaster and after opening a few packs I started to think that just maybe I would go after the set. I stopped by my LCS and decided what the heck and bought a hobby box. It set me back $77 and I was thinking I would probably need 2-3 more boxes and an outlay of cash to build the set and I just wasn't sure I wanted to invest $200 more dollars into the set. In the second to the last pack of my hobby box, out popped this:
I had a relapse and decided to head back to the message boards and read some Sports Card Forum posts about people building the set and made a couple big trades. My stack of duplicates, while still substantial did grow shorter and my want list shrunk. I started seeing some blog posts pop up with a couple bloggers building the set and was able to work out a trade with Charlie from Lifetime Topps Project. He sent me 31 base cards in a trade, here are some of my favorites:
To go off track on the Heritage and complete the trade post, Charlie was able to help me with some 2012 Ginter inserts (I still need 14 of these dang code breaker cards so hit me up if you have some from my want list):
And 2 sweet Giants minis (the Ross is an A&G back):
Oh yeah, my last 3 pack of cards from target also yielded this:
It is a Bazooka mini of none other than Mike Trout. I do believe I will be putting this up on eBay soon to cover some more of my costs.
I am down to needing just a very few base cards and 23 SPs. If you picked up some random packs and have a couple SPs laying around check my want list and lets make a trade. I am still trolling the message boards as well because I really would like to trade my way to the end of this set. I also need some of the Giants as well.
I have realized I have very little willpower when it comes to set building - so far I am after the flagship, Opening Day and Heritage. I have decided to sit out Gypsy Queen and I hear Triple Play is out for year 2 pretty quickly as well, let's see if I can skip at least a couple releases.