If you haven't seen my Heritage Comparisons before, I encourage you check them out.
Today I am going to be looking at the 2015 Heritage release which is based on the 1966 design.
Before we look at Cutch's solo card, let's first take note that he appeared on card #214 for being a League Leader in Batting Average. It features Cutch as coming in 3rd place for the 2014 batting title. In 2014 former Pirate Justin Morneau won his 1st NL batting title ahead of Pirates All-Stars Josh Harrison and Andrew McCutchen.
Card #214 for the 1966 release shows the top three finishers of the 1965 batting title. Pretty amazing card as it has three of the game's greatest National League outfielders of all time on the card.
In 1965 Roberto Clemente won his 3rd batting title ahead of Hank Aaron and Willie Mays.
The back of the card shows that 10 players hit above .300 in 1965 and only 7 hit above .300 in 2014.
Now to the breakdown for these Heritage Comparisons, the solo cards of Cutch.
The 2015 Heritage card for Cutch was #300, the same as (drumroll please......) Roberto Clemente in 1966 Topps.
Let's compare how Cutch's MVP followup season compared to Roberto Clemente's age 30 season when he won his 3rd Batting Title.
All stats provided by Baseball-Reference
As is the case for all the previous Heritage Comparisons I am not stating that Cutch is better or on the same path as the great Roberto Clemente. I am merely comparing cardboard because Cutch's Heritage card appears with the same numbering as Roberto Clemente's original release.
Approach at the Plate:
In 1965 Clemente put up a triple slash line of .329/.378/.463 for an .842 OPS
Cutch's 2014 season slash line was .314/.410/.542 for a .952 OPS
Despite the higher batting average and winning the batting title, I have to give the advantage to Cutch. He drew more walks and hit for more power as you can see in the 45 Clemente XBH vs 69 Cutch XBH.
Never known as a burner or stolen base threat, Clemente swiped 7 bags compared to Cutch 18.
Team Dependant Manufactured Runs
So much of Runs scored and Runs Batted In is based on who hits ahead and behind you.
Clemente had only 65 RBI with 91 Runs scored.
Cutch drove in 83 and scored 89 times.
The winner of this Heritage Comparisons battle goes to Cutch. His age 27 season was better than Clemente's age 30 season.
Here are my other parallels from 2015 Heritage
Hot Pack Purple, Black Refractor