When I was young, specifically in the early 80's, my best friend was a huge Phillies fan. His favorite pitcher was Steve Carlton, and he frequently argued that he was the best. As a Mets fan, I didn't really remember Ryan, he was long gone by the time I got to fan-dom. But he was a former Met, and a name who actually had the stats to due battle with Carlton. As they battled for strikeout supremacy, Ryan became my ace in the hole for any argument.
When I opened up my packs of Topps Update 2011, I found the face of a very young Nolan Ryan, pitching for my favorite team. I'm not sure this counts as an insert - probably it is a Short Print - and one I am happy to now own. I don't really get why Topps does this, but from what I read on some of the other blogs out there, Topps has enough other problems.
This is a cool card, and if I'm going to pull a short print, it may as well be a Met... AND a heck of a name!