1992 Stadium Club #267 Edgar Martinez
Comments on the card/player: Martinez lead the American League in 1992 with a .343 batting average and 46 doubles.
How/When acquired: In June of 2012, I bought a 36-card, unopened box of 1992 Stadium Club for $5.00. What a deal!
2011 Topps Cognac Diamond Anniversary #67 Vladimir Guerrero
Comments on the card/player: I’m not sure that I really liked this foil background but I do like the silver foil shields.
How/When acquired: On October 2011 I bought a hobby box of Topps Update and the seller sent me two boxes. Oops, my mistake, the seller said, just keep the second box. I’m not normally a set collector but I have this whole set.
2009 Topps American Heritage American Presidents #6 John Quincy Adams
Comments on the card/player: Our 6th President. From sets like this I’ve got a lot of different presidential cards. I may do a post or two. Maybe for the 4th of July.
How/When acquired: I bought just a few packs of this product in 2009. I wish I had bought more.
2003 Fleer Tradition Update #279 Albert Pujols
Comments on the card/player: This was a subset card in the 2003 Fleer Update set. 2003 was one of those monster years Pujols used to have. He led the league in runs scored (137), hits (212), doubles (51), batting average (.351) and total bases (394). And he hit 43 home runs.
How/When acquired: Paid $0.25/card for 5 packs of Fleer Tradition Update in November 2003.
1996 Pinnacle #390 Bob Abreu
Comments on the card/player: Abreu was just “Bob” with the Astros in 1996 and 1997 without much playing time. He got drafted by the Devil Rays in the 1997 expansion draft and then traded to the Phillies for Kevin Stocker. Bobby had a breakout year with Philly in 1998 and a fine career.
How/When acquired: Acquired in my 2012 Summer Clearance Trade.
1989 Fleer All-Stars #12 Julio Franco
Comments on the card/player: This was a 12-card insert in 1989 Fleer.
How/When acquired: I bought entire set for $1.83 on eBay in July 2003.
1992 Studio #77 Mickey Morandini
Comments on the card/player: The second year of Studio. If Panini wants to bring back old Donruss ideas, how about a new Studio set?
How/When acquired: Don’t know.
2011 Topps Heritage #273 Chris Perez
Comments on the card/player: Based on 1962 Topps. But you knew that.
How/When acquired: Paid $0.32/card for 216-card box of Topps Heritage on eBay in March 2011.
1994 Triple Play #173 Lenny Dykstra
Comments on the card/player: In an interview last year in the New York Times, about a year after he got our of prison for grand theft auto, Dykstra is quoted as saying “My life for the past year has been my sons, community service, and don’t forget, peeing in the cup.”
How/When acquired: Don’t know.
2013 Hometown Heroes #85 Yadier Molina
Comments on the card/player: I picked up a handful of packs at a card show in November 2013. I really liked this set but Panini did not repeat for 2014.
How/When acquired: Paid $0.40/card for 3 packs of of Hometown Heroes in November 2013.
I can’t say I’m real thrilled with 2015 Topps Heritage. For one thing, the 1966 set design was pretty dull. I bought 2 blasters, a rack box and 2 rack packs which yielded 147 different cards. Of those 147 cards I have doubles (or even triples) for 28 o…
I have this love / hate relationship with Heritage baseball. It’s akin to a Jeckyll / Hyde scenario. There’s that sweet feeling of opening packs, looking at cards, sorting them, building the set.Then there’s the harsh reality of needless short prints, …
Last year, many people were complaining that Topps Heritage wasn’t showing up in their local big box stores for weeks after its issue. Here it is the week of the official release of 2015 Topps Heritage and it’s already in the local Targets and Walmarts…
In case you missed it, Boston has received so much snow in the last few weeks that everything and everyone—including me—is at a breaking point. The MBTA doesn’t work, the government is encouraging people to stay indoors and off the roads, and there are no signs that the cold and the snow will let up anytime soon. Which has given me plenty of time to stew in my thoughts…
I would really like to see colleges offer an intercollegiate stock car racing circuit, if only to see cars and fire suits covered in logos and emblems of universities and names of individual departments. Maybe the Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chair in Automotive Engineering?
I haven’t bought any 2015 Topps Series One yet, but I’m digging the acetate parallel. It reminds me of the Slideshow insert set from 1995 Leaf. An idea’s an automatic winner in my book if you need a functioning lightbox in order to enjoy the cards.
And while we’re on Series One, the sheer volume of opened cards listed on eBay right now is staggering. Massive lots of hand-collated sets, “unsearched” (yeah right) lots of base cards, parallels, inserts, autographed cards, game-used swatches, and more. Didn’t it just release a few weeks ago? It gets me thinking about collecting in Bachelor terms—here for “the right reasons” versus the wrong reasons. While all this stuff on eBay is great for cheapskate collectors like me who just want to see the cards, it’s also off-putting. Why would someone buy so many cards in the first place if they’re just going to try to flip them for pennies on the dollar? Is it really all about finding the case hits?
I finally put my 1969 Topps set in pages. Got me thinking, did Ultra Pro decrease the quality of its nine-pocket pages? The ones I bought seem flimsy.
Also put my Heritage High Numbers set in pages (with the rest of the Heritage set). Looks good. Wish I had disposable income enough to assemble Heritage every year.
Scott Crawford on Cards has a great idea about collecting over the course of a year: only focus on certain sets and interests during certain months. That way your individual collections each receive attention and your interest doesn’t flag. For me, it would be
Jan/July: 1970s Topps basketball
Feb/Aug: Adding new players to my Red Soxlopedia
March/Sept: 2014 Topps Heritage Minis
April/Oct: 1969 Topps variations
May/Nov: Mega master set additions for 1978, 1986, and 1987
June/Dec: 2015 Topps Archives (only cards of players depicted in the 1976 style, and only those players who also had a card in the original 1976 set)
The much-discussed decline of blogging in the sports-card-collecting hobby is sad to me. There are literally scores of YouTube users who post box breaks but don’t seem all that interested in the cards they find—unless those cards are serially numbered or autographed—or have anything to say about the cards. Blogging about cards allows for more than just posting images of the cards. It allows you to say what you like about the cards, about why you collect. It’s important that this outlet doesn’t disappear.
Lastly, with all these stamped buybacks, Topps has finally released the Archives: Commons set I predicted back in 2007.
A few baseball-card-related thoughts as we approach winter…
Finally, I almost forgot. Remember my post in November 2013 about the future of price guides? (Read Average Real Pricing: The Future of The Price Guide.) Well, if you subscribe to Beckett’s online price guide, it looks like they incorporated something like average real pricing into their tiered offerings. They’re calling it the Beckett Online Price Guide Plus (very original). If it’s anything like my idea for average real pricing, this is a step in the right direction. Hey Beckett, you’re welcome.
Here’s what I’ve been collecting lately… I found this on eBay. (Great back, too.) I’m a big fan of test prints, overprints, miscuts, blank backs, wrong backs, and misprints in general. I bought six similar test-print 1951 Bowmans sometime last year a…
|2014 Topps Heritage Mini – Zack Greinke|
If you’re collecting Topps Heritage this year, here’s something you may not have realized. Just like in the sport it depicts, there are varying degrees of star popularity within the set. Here’s what I mean. There are 13 different non-relic/non-autograph cards of superstar Mike Trout in the set. There are nine cards of Zack Greinke. By comparison, there are seven different cards of Alfonso Soriano. And just one card of guys like Mark Teixeira, Tim Lincecum, and Alex Rodriguez. And others, too. Paul Konerko has only one card. Matt Holliday and Shin-Soo Choo? One card each. Same for Jose Altuve, Anibal Sanchez, Josh Donaldson, and David Price.
Asking why there need to be so many different parallels and inserts for a set like Heritage is a question with no good answer. Instead, here are the different versions of non-relic/non-autograph cards:
1. Base card (500 cards)
2. Chrome (100 cards)
3. Chrome Refractor (same 100 cards as Chrome set)
4. Black Chrome Refractor (same 100 cards as Chrome set)
5. Gold Chrome Refractor (same 100 cards as Chrome set)
6. Purple Chrome Refractor (same 100 cards as Chrome set)
7. Walmart-exclusive Blue Border (25 subjects)
8. Target-exclusive Red Border (25 subjects)
9. Retail-exclusive Black Border (same 100 cards as Chrome set)
10. New Age Performers (20 subjects)
11. Base Action variation (25 subjects)
12. Base Logo variation (25 subjects)
13. Base Uniform variation (25 subjects)
14. Mini (100 subjects)
(I’m not counting the Black Back version of the base set, as every card on the base-set checklist is included.)
Some cards are easier to find than others. For instance, base-set SPs are seeded around one per three packs, while Mini cards show up one per case. And only some players are in some of the insert sets. For example, there are three cards in the Chrome sets that do not appear in the Mini set—Alfonso Soriano, Xander Bogaerts/Jonathan Schoop, and Nick Castellanos/Billy Hamilton. They are replaced in the Mini set by Jason Grilli, Austin Jackson, and Derek Holland.
So what gives with all this? Why are some players included in nearly every insert and parallel set, and others not represented anywhere? Well, Teixeira’s been hurt. A-Rod’s a pariah, banished for the season. And Lincecum has been mired in middle relief, a star in name only. But for the others—like the new-to-the-national-spotlight guys like Altuve and Donaldson—there are no good reasons for their exclusion. It’s just a quirk of this year’s set, one that will probably be corrected in 2015’s edition.
Product released 6th March 2013Topps Heritage is a throwback to the Topps 1964 baseball card release, featuring the top MLB players of today and retired legends from the past. BASE CARDS (1-500):Base Cards (425 Subjects): Veterans & Rookies i…
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So there is a great deal of talk about 2013 and what that means as a collector. Put aside all the other sets that I am trying to complete, that are accumulating year on year – for me 2013 will be all about Topps Heritage and the 1964 design….
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Topps unveiled the basic product information and preview images for a new Minor League Baseball line on Tuesday afternoon, 2011 Topps Heritage Minor League Edition, which will arrive in mid-September with three very notable inclusions.
One man among us has perfected the art of the Bip, and he is Chris Harris from Stale Gum. He has been known to send a package my way from time to time. A week (or was it two weeks?) ago was one of those times. I’ve been Galarragaed by Stale Gum, as …
Frank Robinson 2008 Topps Heritage ‘Flashbacks’ I love sets like this!!! The set tagged as ‘Flashbacks’ takes us back to some incredible moments in baseball history. This card here pays homage to Frank Robinson hitting for the cycle during the … Continue reading
The other day I picked up what will most likely be my only Topps Heritage cards this year. I can’t say I’m that excited about the 1962 design, but I was still curious enough to purchase one of the three-pack dealies that Target started selling. What …
I finally got my hands on some Topps Heritage cards towards the end of last week. I love the Mets cards – Topps did a great job capturing the feel of the original set. I find the non-Mets cards completely uninteresting, with few exceptions. I approve of the decision to use cap-less photos for most […]
I had to pick up a few things at Target, so I stopped in the card aisle. Still no Topps Heritage cards. Instead, I bought a couple more packs of Opening Day. I only got one Met, but it was the one Opening Day card I really wanted: Not bad, not bad at all. Filed […]
I got an email from Ritchie to let me know that some original Mets have certified autographs in this year’s Topps Heritage set. So far, we’ve spotted Ed Bouchee and Frank Thomas. The Bouchee cards seem a bit more plentiful than the Thomas ones right now, but one still sold for $37.50 a little while […]
I’m very pleased with my two boxes of 2011 Topps Heritage. I love the design, which is based on the 1962 Topps design, wood-grain background and big bold yellow geometrical shapes. The pictures, however, remind me a bit of the misguided 2009 O-Pee-Chee…
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Join Beckett Baseball’s Chris Olds and Brian Fleischer as they rip into a pair of 2011 Topps Heritage baseball boxes in this latest edition of Box Busters.
After spending so much time looking at pictures and news about the earthquake in Japan, I needed to spend a few minutes thinking about something happy & fun. (Some good news – Mets pitcher Ryota Igarashi learned that his family is ok, according to Bergen Record reporter Art Stapleton. If you want to contribute to […]
The Lakewood BlueClaws will hold their 2011 Fanfest at First Energy Park on Saturday, from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. This will be your first chance to buy single game BlueClaws tickets. Enjoy free food, tour the ballpark and take advantage of sales in the team store. Bring a non-perishable food donation and receive vouchers for two […]
I think it was only “hobby” issued, but I need to confirm: Was there both hobby and retail version of 2001 Topps Heritage? If so how do you tell the difference on the unopened box?
Today is Al Kaline’s birthday.
Happy Birthday to Mr. Tiger himself!
I took advantage of the Thanksgiving deal over at COMC to knock a few cards off my wantlist. Actually, because shipping was so cheap (instead of the pretty expensive and quick to add up that it usually is) I filled out some other wants & needs as well, but that’s for another time.
For now, 36.36% of my wantlist has been trimmed down including:
#3 on my list, part of the Home Run Derby contest inserts that Topps used to run
|2008 Topps Gary Sheffield Home Run Derby Contest (#/999)|
#5: A fantastic Heritage SP
|2009 Topps Heritage #461 Tigers Coaches|
#8: The last base card I need from 2010 Topps (which may just happen to be the worst card in the whole set. I mean seriously, look at that picture.)
|2010 Topps Update US-24 Miguel Cabrera/Vlad Guerrero|
#10: The last base card I needed from 2010 Topps T-206
|2010 Topps T-206 #165 Ty Cobb|
And with that, I have some serious thinking to do about how to replace these on my list. Fortunately, I’ve been inundated with cards lately (since when was being inundated with something good?), which means that more holes have been filled and I’m sitting on a bunch of sets where I’m just a couple cards from completion. My guess is those will be making the list–I’m looking at you 2010 Topps Gold Ryan Perry.
As always, I tend to put cards on here that are low-end, easy to find types. Just in case somebody out there happens to be flipping through their piles of cards, trips upon something on the list and feels like sending a little care package my way…
Topps has teased the first glimpse at the 2011 version of one of its most popular baseball card sets, Topps Heritage, and to no one’s surprise it carries the classic design of the 1962 Topps set.
I’m getting crushed–crushed–at work, and found out yesterday that I need to hit the road for business tomorrow and Thursday before coming back for meetings all day Friday, all while I have a major report due for a client in three weeks that will literally require all of my available working hours between now and then. So, short post it is.
I was pretty lucky in a couple of finds at the National, which just proves that persistence pays off. (I was equivalently lucky in a couple eBay finds recently, which I’ll highlight in a separate post). As for my favorite:
|2006 Topps Heritage #95 Justin Verlander Chrome (#/1957)|
This came from a memorabilia dealer at the national who had a small box of cards on the size of her booth, divided by player. She told me upfront: “see if there’s anything you like in there, everything is under $1 and most of it is twenty-five cents.” So I browsed–most of the cards were base cards or inserts that I already had or didn’t much care for collecting–and then I pulled this out. It’s a Heritage Chrome, something I actually collect, of Justin Verlander in his Rookie Year. I handed it over, told her that this was the only card that I was really interested in and she gave it a glance before saying, without hesitation, “$0.25.”
Considering that the cheapest you can hope to ever find a single like this online is $.99 plus shipping, I was pretty happy with the take-away. Add-in that this was Verlander’s rookie year (Enjoy number 59, rook!), from a set that I actually collect, and this was as good of a bargain as anyone could ever hope for, small potatoes be damned.
The stampede was nearly heard across the floor of the National Sports Collectors Convention (NSCC) on Thursday afternoon. Collectors, flippers and baseball fans ran to get on line for an exclusive Stephen Strasburg 2010 Topps Heritage card, which can only be found at the NSCC at the Baltimore Convention Center.
Finally …. Thrift Treasures HAS come back … to Cardboard Icons. It’s been a few months since I’ve unearthed some cardboard gems from my local thrift stores. And that’s not to say I haven’t been searching with a fine-toothed comb. The cards are just becoming scant … well, I should say cards that interest me […]
The first copy of the 2010 Topps Heritage National Sports Collectors Convention card of Washington Nationals rookie Stephen Strasburg has hit the auction block benefitting the Juvenile Diabetes foundation.
Washington Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg will be at this year’s National Sports Collectors Convention.
A quick recap:I was gifted a blaster and 9 loose packs of 2010 Topps Heritage and saw that the packs appeared different which made me think…So yesterday I decided to test the hypothesis-The loose packs, being retail and possibly searched, will be inf…
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I was fortunate to have been gifted some 2010 Topps Heritage packs. Although they were from the same friend who recently gifted a large selection of cards, this time it wasn’t through volcanic delayed guilt.The packs came in the form of a blaster of 8 …
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Who is this? Newark Bears outfielder Nook Logan What is this? An autographed card from the 2006 Topps Heritage set Where’d I get it? I got it signed before a Newark Bears game earlier this month How much did it cost? I’m not sure, but I’…
Who is this? St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony LaRussa What is this? An autographed card from the 2010 Topps Heritage set Where’d I get it? I wrote to LaRussa just after the season started and asked him to sign it. It came back in yesterday’s …
Who is this? Somerset Patriots outfielder Wayne Lydon.What is this? An autograph card from the 2003 Topps Heritage set.Where’d I get it? I got the card signed at last year’s Atlantic League All-Star Game in Newark.How much did it cost? The card probabl…