Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Pride and Perseverance insert set from 2015 Topps Update

I didn't really have much interest in Update this year, though there were 2 or 3 insert sets that looked like winners. I went ahead and picked up the complete Pride and Perseverance insert set from a seller on eBay for a tick under 5 bucks. Great to see Topps come out with an interesting bunch of guys to feature, rather than the typical excuse to get extra Trout, Koufax, et al into a product checklist.

There's a nice post on the set on the Topps blog here.

I don't really have much more to say about it other than it's a cool group of cards, so I'll just post the cards fronts and backs and leave it at that:

I feel compelled to make a supplemental custom here just because this post doesn't have much to it, but I can't really think of any other players who overcame disabilities. Can you think of anyone Topps missed?

Maybe Mordecai "Three Finger" Brown, who lost part of several fingers in a childhood farming accident. Similarly, Bob Wickman lost part of his right index finger in a childhood farming accident.

Perhaps Topps could have stretched the Pride and Perseverance concept to include other obstacles. Guys like Jackie Robinson and Masanori Murakami could be featured for breaking racial barriers (Not that Topps needs an excuse to put out yet another card of Jackie). And I'd love to see Topps come out with cards spotlighting gay players like Glenn Burke, Billy Bean, David Denson, and Sean Conroy. With the name Pride and Perseverance, they'd fit right into that set.


  1. Carlos May. White Sox player in the 70's . Lost a finger in an accident while serving in the army reserv.

  2. A "Pride and Prejudice" insert set would be good, too. My wife would insist that I keep buying boxes until we pull the full set. Damn that Mr. Wickham short-print!

  3. I think this is my favorite insert set of the year. I have a few more of them coming in a recent Just Commons order. And I love how perfect it is that Curtis Pride appeared in a set called "Pride and Perseverance."

  4. Very cool insert set. If I find it on the cheap... I'll be adding it to my collection. And love the idea of including guys like Murakami and Burke. They definitely had to go through their own set of obstacles.

  5. Pete Gray still blows my mind. This is a great set.

  6. I think the Italian Sausage assaulted by Pirate Randall Simon deserves a pride and perseverance card.The resilient bratwurst got back up and finished the race,seemingly unfazed by the whole thing.

    On the serious side,Jim Abbott will go down as one of the biggest success/feel good stories In the MLB.My daughter loves when I show her how he used to field ground balls!