**In this series, I am counting down my personal favorite cards in the 2010 Topps Vintage Legends insert series from #50 to #1.**
I do give Topps a lot of credit in doing a pretty good re-imagination with a brutal junk wax design but as in my review of #48, you can't really get me too excited about a new Johnny Mize card.
2010 Topps Vintage Legends #26 Johnny Mize
Which brings me back to my comments about who qualifies as a legend. I ruffled some feathers saying that Johnny Mize really wasn't a legend and initially said Hank Greenberg might not be one either but I have walked back from that comment a bit.
For me a "Legend" is more than just being a Hall of Famer...and more than being a 1st ballot Hall of Famer. And so I do find some fault with the players included in this set. I think I would have to turn in my card blogger license if I didn't. With all the exclusive contracts for some star players I realize Topps can't just include any player they want but a lot of the all-time greatest players [that really no one can argue with] weren't included and so substitutions had to be made.
Here are the Legends that Topps has included in the insert set:
Pee Wee Reese
I've compared that with the 100 All-Time Best baseball players ever list complied by The Sporting News and the 100 All-Time Best list done by SABR. It gives us some interesting results:
|Johnny Mize||Not Listed||87|
|Thurman Munson||Not Listed||Not Listed|
|Pee Wee Reese||Not Listed||Not Listed|
Two players are not found on either list: Pee Wee Reese and Thurman Munson. Johnny Mize only makes the SABR list at #87. I think we can partially excuse Thurman Munson for his career being cut short and so we are left with our two interlopers, Pee Wee Reese and Johnny Mize.
Here is a small selection of some of the greatest players that weren't included in this set:
Mickey Mantle [this one was a little surprising unless Topps has finally reached their limit of Mantle cards]
and of course there are no Pete Rose or Joe Jackson cards available as well.