2013 Topps Heritage Minor League Ethan Martin
Pretty cool looking set in my opinion. I had to throw in an Iron Pigs card to my post too, not enough Iron Pigs cards are made, but Topps put a few in this set. As a minor league baseball fan, it's great to see all the players in the minors on cardboard. Of course, there all not here, but Topps really does a good job with the checklist in this set. After putting the set together I broke out a few cards that I will highlight as some suggested pick ups and one to avoid. First, if you are looking for a cool team to collect out of the set I recommend the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs. They are the Phillies AAA team and they play in the International LEague's North Division. Cool name, cool uniforms. What's not to love?
2013 Topps Heritage Minor League Hak Ju Lee
The Durham Bulls would also be a good choice to collect, except there is only one Rays AAA prospect in the set. Hak Ju Lee had a lost year in Durham with a knee injury, but I am guessing he will come back strong. In my opinion, he's already good enough to play in the Majors defensively. He just needs to hit, which he was doing at a .400 plus clip before he blew out his knee. Good card to pick up, but you hear me say that about Hak Ju Lee twice a month.
2013 Topps Heritage Minor League Sean Gilmartin
2013 Topps Heritage Minor League Francisco Lindor
My sleeper in the set is Carolina Mudcats shortstop Francisco Lindor. He's a lot like Hak Ju Lee, but I think he's better offensively. Lindor played great D this summer for the Mudcats, the other team close to my house, and earned a promotion up to Double A Akron late in the summer. Lindor has pretty inexpensive cards, including autographs, and is one of the reasons that there are rumblings about Asdrubal Cabrera being traded away. While I think Iglesias (Tigers) is a better fielder, I think Lindor has the potential to be the better all around player.
2013 Topps Heritage Minor League Matt Andriese
I've got to put this one up. I've been putting together minor league sets the past three years. Every year there is a Missions card. Decent name being in San Antonio and a bonus since it's a Padres minor league team. Theme? Yes. What's going on with the jersey? It looks like a giant iron-on of the Alamo and frankly reminds me a little bit of the t-shirts they sell in Walgreens. I live two blocks from a Walgreens and they sell t-shirts for the town of Apex, where I live and type my blog. Quiz:
According to Walgreens the biggest landmark in Apex is:
A. The Walgreens
B. A Train Depot
C. An Antique Store
D. A Water Tower
According to a bunch of corporate guys in Chicago it's:
Most knowledgable people in Apex would have answered B, or maybe C if you are older than 50. However, the biggest and tallest thing around Apex is this water tower. It clears the top of our pine trees. Just because something is a monument does not means its attractive. The Alamo is not attractive. It also does not have a basement....