Night Owl recently sent me a stack of cards neatly packed inside of a bubble mailer. The vast majority of the cards were needs from 2016 Heritage which I am foolishly attempting to complete this year. I honestly don't know how he ended up with most of these cards, as I haven't seen this set featured all that much on his blog. I also don't think he's trying to collect it himself either.
Whatever the case may be, I received a healthy stack of regular base cards that I needed plus these five pictured short prints. That's a big deal for these obnoxiously seeded cards.
Heritage has somewhat taken a back seat to most of my other collecting goals recently, and I'm mostly okay with that. I'm probably at the point where buying any more of it would, more likely than not, yield no new cards to my goal.
I think part of the reason for me ignoring the set is because I've become a bit bored of it. I started collecting it because I really enjoyed the design, but looking at more and more of the cards makes me realize how repetitive close-ups can get. That Odorizzi especially leaves something to be desired... no arms, no background, no real sense of playing baseball.
This was probably my favorite of the Heritage cards I received. I really don't mind the posed shots when the player is able to "act" well like Betances seems to be able to do. He really looks as if he's trying to hold a runner on at first... and perhaps he really is, because this shot looks to almost assuredly be a photo-shopped or green-screened background.
On to more entertaining cards (at least for me)! Night Owl sent me the last mini I needed to complete this year's Ferocious Felines insert set. Greg is good at doing this. The last time he sent me cards he was able to complete my Birds of Prey insert set. Apparently he likes giving away his animal minis.
Lastly, Greg also included three black bordered Ginter minis along with a note: "Do any of these minis find their way into your frankenset?" He's referring to my (somewhat) recent post in which I decided to start a frankenset of black-bordered minis.
Alright Night Owl, I'll humor you. We'll go diving into why these may or may not make the cut.
2016 card #191: Anthony Anderson
I'll say right off the bat that this card doesn't have a chance. While I appreciate the inclusion of actors far more than I do all the comedians in the past two years, this particular actor I haven't watched (almost at all). Black-ish, Barbershop, all "his" TV-shows... never seen any of them. Apparently he was in Transformers which I did see a long time ago (crappy movie), but I don't remember him being in it. The only movie I do recall seeing him in was one of my all time favorites, The Departed. He played a beat-cop and didn't get much screen time, so that hardly warrants a spot in a frankenset.
The card slated to occupy slot #191 is 2010 Justin Morneau.
2011 card #56: Scott Kazmir
This one was simple too. Kazmir simply gets outclassed by the competition in this slot. We've got Whitey Ford, Jason Heyward, Apollo Creed, Carlos Correa all being card #56 over various years. Currently in the binder (because I have it) is the 2014 Jason Heyward, but that can probably be upgraded too.
2014 card #318: Jason Kipnis
Winner!!! This mini slots right in to the frankenset. The only other #318 I owned was 2015 David Price which admittedly would have been a tough choice, but I also plan on using Price elsewhere in a different slot.
Thanks for the awesome package Night Owl! You really did cover all the bases.