Since I cheated a bit by trying to lock Jeter in as my first card of Heritage 2012, let's celebrate Billy Butler for a moment. I opened the hobby box and picked five packs to open tonight. And I have to admit, I got a little rush when I tore it open and peered inside at the heavy stock cardboard packed together. When I turned them over, Billy Butler stared up at me. I know I posted a while back about the odd color schemes of Topps 1979, and I know there are some wacky color combinations in this set as well; but that said, the soft blue base against the white background really look nice when presenting a Kansas City Royal. And the photo screams "Heritage" with the blurred background and a player's facial expression that you could spend an hour trying to read.
I didn't know much about Billy Butler. As a Mets fan, and honestly more a follower of the National League, I can't say I've watched too many games that he has played in. Also, we don't get to see too many Royals games on national TV in the New York area, so I was surprised to see that this was already his fifth season in the Majors. (I would have thought it was only his second or third) I think I'm going to root a little for Billy Butler now - and more than just to beat the Yankees. Maybe just to thank him for being the first face in my first non-flagship Hobby Box. I feel like I've entered a new threshold of collecting, and I can't wait to open the next pack.
Elsewhere in the pack, I found these two cards. Granderson, card #200, seems to be the perfect hitter for his new home, Yankee stadium. I grabbed him in fantasy last year, and he turned out to be a huge steal. Does Topps continue to use the 00 and 0 for stars and superstars in the Heritage series? I'll find out soon, I guess, though probably not tonight. I wanted to highlight the Jerry Sands card because I wanted you all to see how damn cool he is trying to look on this card! I like it - and I like the varied colors of these two cards side by side.