Here’s my very best from-seed tomato start alongside the very smallest one of the same variety I got at the garden center. (You can say it – it’s pathetic.) The nursery had a good selection of heirlooms at very nice prices so I was able to replace my nearly useless seedlings with robust starts of (almost) the same variety. (They had ‘Stupice’, but not ‘Saucy’ so I got ‘Amish Paste’ for those.) I didn’t bring my garden map to the nursery and I accidentally reversed my quantities: instead of getting two slicers and five sauce tomatoes I got two sauce tomatoes and five slicers. After a good forehead-smack I announced, “Whatever. Any tomato is a sauce tomato if you boil it long enough.”
I will try again next year (with seed saved from the nursery starts) and do a lot of little things differently.