2013 Topps #26 Chase Utley
This covers a lot of cards in Series 1. Pretty much every number up through the middle 60s his a uniform number. This means that the lower level tier hero numbers aren't given to the same caliber players they may have been at one time 50 = Adam Wainwrigth, 40 = Chien Ming-Wang, 60 = Jon Rauch. The big ones 100 = Mike Moustakas, 200 = Scott Downs, 300 = Daniel Murphy are perhaps even more egregious violations of the old school Hero Number system.
I honesty down understand the hubbub. They are baseball cards and if Topps wants to change it up this year or for a few years thats fine with me.
Or maybe I just like the fact that Phungo Cards are numbers in the same fashion.
So it turns out Utley, Ryan Howard, Justin Veralander Prince Fielder and a bunch of other guys have the same card number in 2013 Phungo and Topps. Whats not to like?
The numbers carry through to the 100 200 and 300 series 122 = Andrew McCutchen 128 = Buster Posey 214 = Granderson 217 = Brian Matusz. 308 = Desmond Jennings.
But there are oddities, the #7 Mantle card has been dropped - Topps probably ran out of photos to use.
I do think Topps did miss out on an opportunity.
Jackie Robinson's number has been retired across baseball - so other than Mariano Rivera there aren't really any players to award the number. I think this is an opportunity for Topps why not bestow the card number on Jackie Robinson to honor his legacy.Or perhaps award the number to a prominent African American player who represents Robinson's ideals - In 2013 I gave card #42 to Juan Pierre - A respected player both on and off the field. Just a thought. It works for Phungo, why not Topps?
Topps Series 1 Checker Cardboard Connection