the dominance of sandy koufax in 1966 - he won his third cy young award and third pitching triple crown that year - means that he shows up a lot in this year's topps heritage 'then and now' 10-card insert set. never mind that topps is comparing 1966 (the base set's design year) to 2014 (the previous season). i guess it's as close as we can get to 'now', because we missed it - just now.
here's a bunch of sandy goodness.
2015 topps heritage then and now #6
this card celebrates the era leaders - koufax posted a 1.73 era in 1966, while kershaw's 1.77 was the best in baseball last year
2015 topps heritage then and now #7
these are your strikeout leaders - koufax had 317 in 1966, and david price k'd 271 batters in 2014. kudos to topps for noting that price split his time between tampa bay and detroit last year.
2015 topps heritage then and now #8
2015 topps heritage then and now #9
2015 topps heritage then and now #10
there could have been more koufax cards in this set had topps made one for complete games, starts, k/9, or batters faced, or a bevy of modern stats like fip and era+. still, the dodgers dominated the insert set with adrian gonzalez gracing card #2, and dee gordon appearing on card #4
there's another insert set featuring koufax - a legend retires - but i don't have any of those cards. i do have this 2015 topps heritage baseball flashbacks card