Vintage Legends Countdown #50: 1952 Topps Nolan Ryan

Thanks to COMC's Thanksgiving weekend sale, I was able to finish up the 2010 Topps Vintage Legends insert set. For those not familiar with the set in 2010 Topps Series 2 and Update there are 25 cards featuring past super stars in Topps designs they were not in the first time around. I'm going to rank them from 50 to 1 and give a little idea behind my reasoning.

The 50 cards are split between the following legends with each player getting two different cards:

Johnny Bench
Roy Campanella
Ty Cobb
Jimmie Foxx
Lou Gehrig
Rogers Hornsby
Reggie Jackson
Walter Johnson
Christy Mathewson
Willie McCovey
Johnny Mize
Thurman Munson
Eddie Murray
Mel Ott
Pee Wee Reese
Jackie Robinson
Babe Ruth
Nolan Ryan
Mike Schmidt
Tom Seaver
George Sisler
Ozzie Smith
Tris Speaker
Honus Wagner
Cy Young

We will begin with #50 Nolan Ryan in a 1952 Topps design:

2010 Topps Vintage Legends #21 Nolan Ryan

I think for me personally the cards of Nolan and Ozzie Smith in this set will be hurt in the ranking merely by being the most contemporary players on the list. I see their cards all the time and so slipping their image into an older design isn't that exciting for me. This card ranks lower than the other Nolan card because of the older photo. I have so many Nolan as a Ranger cards [including that damn Ryan Express set] that another one does nothing for me.


Fuji said…
This is a pretty cool insert set... look forward to seeing who ranks #1 for you in this set.