Unlike a lot of people, I am a big fan of 2013 Topps Chasing History insert. Yes, it does seem a bit confusing as most of the players featured have long since retired and haven’t chased history in years, possibly decades. In addition, with this insert set running throughout Series 1,2, and Update, the checklist got watered down. Overall, I really enjoyed this insert, much more than anything from this year’s flagship product. I have seriously considered putting together the entire set, but that is 150 cards. Currently, I have around 30 of them, which is just 20 percent. Needless to say, whenever I come across one that I don’t have, it goes in the binder with the others, right along with this one:
CH-65, Gary Carter
This card, as is mentioned on the bottom left corner, commemorates Carter’s chasing after the Home Run record for an Expos’ catcher. This is kind of a weak chase idea. This “chase” as it were, took place in ’77. I bet there was some other kind of stat that could have been used that actually demonstrates the dominance that Carter had during his 19 year career(like becoming just the 3rd player to win the All-Star MVP twice, or win 5 Silver Slugger awards as a catcher). By the way, that home run total that he was after, 15.
That being said, I love this card. I am a fan of the Expos uniform and the determination on the face of Carter. This is the Silver Foil parallel, which only came in retail jumbo packs. There is also a Gold Foil parallel, which was exclusive to hanger boxes. So for player collectors, that means 3 versions need to be tracked down, or in my case 2 more.