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Do wop diddy wop diddy wop doo

on April 13th, 2014 by night owl

Last weekend I was at a card show. I picked up enough Dodgers from the 2014 Topps Heritage set that I almost have a complete team set.Unfortunately, I fell a few cards short and there are still a couple that I need.But those are just modern card proble…

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Happy Birthday Jim ‘Catfish’ Hunter!!!

on April 8th, 2014 by 30-Year Old Cardboard

Happy Birthday Jim ‘Catfish’ Hunter!!! Today we celebrate the birthday of Jim ‘Catfish’ Hunter. Hunter’s Hall of Fame resume includes a 224-166 record.  Catfish pitched for 15 seasons in the big leagues and was an 8-time All-Star.  He won the … Continue reading

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Vintage Fridays: Charlie Lau, 1965 Topps #94

on April 4th, 2014 by Kevin

Another day, another woofer for the Orioles. They haven’t topped ten hits in a game yet. Leaving aside the very hittable Baltimore pitching for a moment, I think the Birds could use some of Charlie Lau’s famed batting instruction. Hey, it worked for Ge…

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Notes on 2014 Topps Heritage

on March 15th, 2014 by Ben Henry

I opened three boxes of Heritage yesterday, and here are my thoughts:

• The card stock is so much better this year than last year. A major improvement. They feel like real baseball cards, not like promotional post cards you get in the mail (see Heritage, 2013).
• A (probably) uncorrected error: There are two cards numbered 137, World Series Game 6 and Anthony Gose. From what I’ve found, there is no card numbered 138, though it should be Gose.
• Many packs I opened didn’t have an insert or a high number or variation, but nine base cards. I like that. It puts emphasis on building the base set, rather than ripping for hits.
• There are supposed to be one relic or autographed card per box. In my three boxes I found three Clubhouse Collection jersey relics (Jose Altuve, Howie Kendrick, Fred McGriff) and one autograph (Chipper Jones). Not sure why that is.
• Box toppers: two advertising panels (which I will soon chop up and put in my set) and one original 1965 buyback (Jack Lamabe)
• I am really confused by the Photoshopped backgrounds for some of the recently traded players. What, the lasers backdrop wasn’t available?
• The “1st Draft” insert set is lousy. Of the four cards in the set, two of them are of Johnny Bench. So far I’ve found only one of the two Benches, and Graig Nettles. Nothing against these players, but I’ve found three of each. No Ryans, and no other Benches.
• Going in, my thinking had been that all the variations (logo, action, uniform) would be dumb, and get in the way of collecting the base set. Not true. They’re nice additions.
• I’ve completed about 90% of the base set, with 26 high-number SPs.
• It’s interesting that Curtis Granderson is a Yankee in the Chrome insert set and a Met in the regular set. Maybe the Chrome cards went to print earlier?
• Last thing: This year’s Heritage has got me thinking back to 2003′s Upper Deck Vintage set, also in the 1965 Topps design. Which set is better? It’s a toss-up.

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Box Busters Live: 2014 Topps Heritage — at Noon Central + comment to win one of our boxes

on March 14th, 2014 by chrisolds

Join Beckett Media’s Chris Olds as he rips into hobby boxes of 2014 Topps Heritage baseball cards and chat with you in the latest edition of Box Busters Live.

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waiting for a decision on 2014 topps heritage

on March 13th, 2014 by gcrl

blissfully unaware of the delays topps has announced for 2014 heritage, i swung through the card aisle on a recent trip to target.  no heritage, obviously, and so i was left to wonder whether i would have bought any had it been there.  up unt…

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Word Association Wednesday – When I Say ‘Cut Signatures’, You Say…

on March 12th, 2014 by 30-Year Old Cardboard

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Box Busters Live returns on Friday with 2014 Topps Heritage

on March 12th, 2014 by chrisolds

Join us right here at Beckett.com/news this Friday for the latest Box Busters Live at noon Central as we rip into several boxes of 2014 Topps Heritage baseball cards on the day of its release in a live video chat.

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Here are some reasons I don’t like Topps Heritage…

on March 12th, 2014 by JT

Topps posted a bunch of photos of 2014 Topps Heritage on their Facebook page yesterday. In general, I like Topps Heritage. But there are some things that I definitely don’t like. I like Derek Jeter. I don’t like that his card is a “high-numbered base card” in the 2014 Topps Heritage set. The same goes […]

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Possible "Errors" in 2014 Topps Heritage

on March 10th, 2014 by Ben Henry

So it’s been reported that 2014 Topps Heritage will pay tribute to the various errors and uncorrected errors found in the 1965 Topps set. Perhaps the most well known uncorrected error is the misspelling of Jim Kaat’s name on the front of his card (Jim Katt). 

Here are a few players I’d like to see as candidates:
Jake Peevy
Matt Holiday
Anthony Goose
Justin Smoke
Jarrod Saltalamacchiado
Ryan Dumpster
Zach Mozart
Adam Laloosh
Yu Dervish
Jacoby Smellsbury
Eva Longoria 
Robinson Camo 
and, of course, 
Shin-Soo Choo Choo Coleman
Some lesser-known uncorrected errors that probably won’t be in the new set: 
• Cleveland Indians’ manager Birdie Tebbetts’ last name misspelled on the back of his card (Tebbets). Terry Francoa, anyone?
• Kansas City A’s rookie Jim Hunter’s first name misspelled on the back of his card (Tim). Maybe Baddy Boshers (LA Angels rookie, card #194)?
• Cincinnati Reds listed on back of Reds team card as foe during 1964 season (instead of Chicago Cubs). This one definitely won’t be reprised in this year’s Heritage set since team cards weren’t included.

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Ben’s First 5 Thoughts on the 2014 Topps Heritage Checklist

on March 8th, 2014 by Ben Henry

In anticipation of the release of 2014 Topps Heritage (now since delayed to March 14th), Topps made the set’s checklist available on their website. Because I enjoy deconstructing checklists in my free time, here are my first five thoughts:

1. It’s weird to me that Topps didn’t follow their own checklist from the original 1965 set. In the original, the reigning NL MVP (Ken Boyer of the Cardinals) was put on card #100, and the reigning AL MVP (Brooks Robinson of the Orioles) was put on #150. Instead, the Heritage checklister went the straight team-to-team route, assigning #100 to Cardinal pitcher Adam Wainwright and #150 to the Orioles’ current third baseman, Manny Machado. If they had followed the script of the original, reigning NL MVP Andrew McCutchen of the Pirates would be #100 and Miguel Cabrera of the Tigers would be on #150.

By deviating from the original, the meaning of the set changes. It’s no longer a retelling of the original 1965 set, but rather an ode to the idea of the 1965 set. This is especially weird considering…

2. Topps has hinted that there will be base-set errors and variations in the spirit of the original set. What’s especially odd about that is that two of the most well known variations in the original are on checklist cards themselves. Checklist cards aren’t even assigned checklist numbers in the Heritage base set, so I’m guessing that these variations won’t be included in the new set.

3. There are no team cards, and only 17 managers are represented. Also, teams are not represented equally. The Cardinals clock in with 19 individual cards (18 players plus manager Mike Matheny). On the other side of the spectrum, the Astros have 10 players and no manager. The highest-numbered Astro is Dexter Fowler at #394, which means there are no Astros in nearly a quarter of the set, including the desirable on-checklist chase SPs.

4. The high-numbered on-checklist SPs (#426–#500) are all big-name players, including Miguel Cabrera, David Ortiz, Derek Jeter, and Yasiel Puig. As far as Topps went to deviate from the original 1965 set, they went even further away from the spirit of previous Heritage sets with this move. Honestly, I’d be surprised if future Heritage sets don’t go the full Allen & Ginter rip-card route for the final 75 cards.

5. Finally, when did the idea of the “Real One” autograph subjects list change to include retired players not represented in the original set? Around 10 years ago, when the Heritage brand was a fresh idea, the autograph checklist was made up of players from the original set from that year, with only two or three current players. But guys like Bo Jackson? Bret Saberhagen? Rafael Palmeiro? Dave Concepcion? Isn’t this why Topps rebooted Topps Archives? These players should not be all together in a Heritage set until the year 2036, for Topps Heritage ’87. (I almost forgot: not one but two different Keith Olbermanns…. Sheesh.)

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why not hondo?

on March 7th, 2014 by gcrl

sometimes i look through my scanned folder for fodder for a quick post.  this morning is one of those times.  there are cards in there that i have passed over countless times, not sure exactly how to squeeze a time constrained post out of the…

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‘Wednesday’s Word Association’ – When I Hear The Name “Topps Heritage”, I Think Of…

on March 5th, 2014 by 30-Year Old Cardboard

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2014 Heritage the Originals – 1965 Topps Embossed #13 Al Kaline

on March 5th, 2014 by deal

Congrats to all who guessed Al Kaline1965 Topps Embossed #13 Al KalineAs I noted earlier today, I have no idea how you would figure out who this is without the name attached. Al Kaline is age 79 now, and if somebody told me the image on this card was o…

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Phungo Challenge: 2014 Heritage the Originals – 1965 Topps Embossed

on March 5th, 2014 by deal

Do you have any idea who this is?1965 Topps Embossed ????Yes I have blurred out the player name and team. This is to demonstrate just how weak Topps Embossed was. The only way to differentiate the players is by reading the text.Did baseball caps really…

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2014 Heritage the Originals – 1965 Topps #4 League Leaders Home Runs

on March 4th, 2014 by deal

The typical format of the 1965 Topps League Leaders has been referred to by Night Owl Cards as Olympic Podium style. The League Leader on the Top, with two smaller photos of the 2nd and 3rd  place finishers. Of course in many categories there are …

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2014 Heritage the Originals – 1965 Topps #139 World Series The Cards Celebrate

on March 3rd, 2014 by deal

There are two Subsets in 1965 Topps, the League Leaders cards that run #1-12 and the World Series cards which run #132-139. Today we look at the last card in the latter set.1965 Topps #139 World Series the Cards CelebrateThe eight card 65T World Series…

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2014 Heritage the Originals – A Cardinal Problem

on March 2nd, 2014 by deal

Trying to knock one more 1965 Topps post before Heritage goes live tomorrow. The 65T design is well liked and has been featured by Topps in several inserts and subsets. A few years ago I came across this abomination. 1964 Topps #415 Curt Flood2010 Topp…

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Card Gallery: 2014 Topps Heritage baseball cards

on February 28th, 2014 by chrisolds

With this year’s Topps Heritage set less than a week away, Topps has begun teasing images of what’s to be found in this year’s remake of the 1965 Topps set.

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2014 Heritage Rookie Stars: 1965 Topps #282 Dick Estelle & Masanori Murakami

on February 26th, 2014 by deal

We are a week away from 2014 Topps Heritage, today we bring you one of my favorite cards from the original 1965 set:1965 Topps #282 Giants Rookie Stars Dick Estelle & Masanori MurakamiMasanori Murakami was the first Japanese MLB player way back in …

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1964 Phillies @ 50: Dick Allen 1965 Topps #460

on February 25th, 2014 by deal

In 1964 the then 22 year old Dick Allen was the starting third baseman for every one of the ’64 Phillies 162 games. He batted .318 with 29 Homers and 91 RBI and led the league in both Runs scored (125) and total bases (352). 1965 Topps #460 Richie Alle…

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2014 Heritage the Originals – 1965 Topps #534 John Herrnstein

on February 17th, 2014 by deal

In less than three weeks MLB teams will be in the heart of Spring Training and collectors will be talking about the latest edition of Topps Heritage. This year Topps will be moving on to the much loved 1965 Topps set. 1965 Topps #534 John Herrnste…

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2014 Topps Heritage Checklist Hypotheses

on February 12th, 2014 by Ben Henry

One of my favorite things to do is put together checklists for custom sets. A checklist I’ve been

trying to figure out—before Topps announces it in the next few weeks—is that of 2014 Topps Heritage.

From on-checklist in-jokes to creative checklisting decisions, Heritage proves interesting on an annual basis. And as I’ve gotten back into collecting new cards, it’s usually my favorite set of the year. 2014′s offering is especially fun, as it will undoubtedly celebrate the 2013 Boston Red Sox. Plus, its basis (1965 Topps) is one of the few vintage sets I’ve completed. Needless to say, I’m ready to complete the master set and pair it with my ’65 set.

So as I put together my Heritage checklist, a few questions arise. First and foremost, how many cards will Topps allot to each team? I see this resolving in one of two ways:

• Each team gets 16 cards (including a manager card, a team card, and one doubleheader rookie card)

This option allows for 390 individual player cards, 30 managers, 30 team cards, 30 doubleheader rookie cards, leaving 20 “free” cards, 12 of which are league leaders, at least 6 are World Series, and probably the final 2 are “MLB Rookies” or AL or NL–specific doubleheader rookies.

• The teams original to 1965 Topps (Yankees, Orioles, A’s, Angels, Twins, Rangers (Senators), Twins, Red Sox, White Sox, Tigers, Indians, Reds, Cubs, Mets, Dodgers, Giants, Pirates, Phillies, Braves, Astros, and Cardinals) will get more cards than those teams that post-date the original set (Royals, Padres, Nationals, Brewers, Rockies, Marlins, Rays, Mariners, Nationals, Diamondbacks, Blue Jays)

In this second option, only those teams original to 1965 Topps would get team and manager cards, and only a manager card if that team had a manager in the original set.

Either way, I don’t see Topps including actual checklist cards on its Heritage checklist, and instead including four different checklists randomly as pack loaders. The checklist space is too limited, and the pack value is too high to waste a card slot on a checklist.

Second: League leaders will be on #1–12. World Series cards will be on #132–138. But which players will be assigned the iconic numbers from the original set? There are only a few guarantees, I think. Here they are:

#100 – Andrew McCutchen (2013 NL MVP)
#140 – Max Scherzer (2013 AL CY)
#150 – Miguel Cabrera (2013 AL MVP)
#300 – Clayton Kershaw (2013 NL CY)
#340 – Wil Myers (2013 AL ROY)
#460 – Jose Fernandez (2013 NL ROY)

It gets murky once you’re beyond the award winners. Here are a few more guesses:

#350 – Derek Jeter
#200 – Bryce Harper
#400 – Mike Trout
#500 – David Ortiz

Here are my guesses for the titles of each World Series subset card:

132 Sox Crush Cards to Take Series Opener WS Game 1
133 Wacha Carries Cards to Victory WS Game 2
134 Cards Win in Wild Finish WS Game 3
135 Sox Tie Series on Gomes’ HR WS Game 4
136 Lester Wins Pitchers’ Duel WS Game 5
137 Victorino Powers Sox to Title WS Game 6
138 The Champs Celebrate at Fenway WS Summary

Another big question will be if Topps will put Yasiel Puig on a base-checklist SP number (somewhere between #426–500) or will have him floating on the regular checklist. He’s the hottest name in the hobby going into 2014, and making him a base-checklist SP adds to the chase, though also makes it at least four times less likely that you’ll get him in a pack.
Finally, it’s a pity that the Japan/MLB posting system had to go through an overhaul prior to Tanaka immigrating to the MLB, because this set probably won’t include his Yankee rookie. It would’ve been something special, as one of the cards the 1965 set is known for is the Masanori Murakami rookie, and I’m sure Topps would’ve found a way to honor that card. So, without a significant rookie like Tanaka, will Heritage include the new White Sox first baseman, Jose Abreu? I hope so.

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vintage week… Day 6, International League Stud

on February 10th, 2014 by Captain Canuck

vintage week carries over because I don’t have time to post on weekends! today’s gem is a 1965 Topps Mack Jones. No word on whether his nickname was “Knife” or not… Mack was such a badass that he didn’t bother with stuffing his back pockets…

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1964 Phillies @ 50: Frank Thomas (the Original) 1965 Topps #123

on January 23rd, 2014 by deal

Yesterday as part of our 2014 HoF feature we took a look at Frank Thomas. Today as part of our 1964 Phillies Series we take a look at the other Frank Thomas.1965 Topps #123 Frank ThomasThe first Frank Thomas came over to the Phillies via a trade in Aug…

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too few dodgers

on December 21st, 2013 by gcrl

i ordered some cards from comc in november, but wound up cutting a few from my shopping cart for one reason or another.  not too long after i received my cards, dennis at too many verlanders announced that he was making a purchase of his own, and …

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Another visit to the former owner of my local card shop

on December 19th, 2013 by Play at the Plate

I finally made it back to the home of my former local card shop owner.  I’ve mentioned him a number of times recently because he invited me to come by his house and do some “shopping”.  I’ve been to his house and spent enough time talking bas…

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show ‘em if you got ‘em

on November 19th, 2013 by gcrl

i’ve got quite a few cards sitting in my scanned folder.  most are dodgers, double plays, or memorial cards waiting for their post.  some are miscellaneous cards from random years and teams.  with a lot of those, i am left scratching my …

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1965 perfection

on September 9th, 2013 by gcrl

‘two and two to harvey kuenn.  one strike away.  sandy into his windup and here’s the pitch.  swung on and missed – a perfect game!’  i can’t tell you how many times i have heard vin scully’s call of the final pitch of sandy koufax’…

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Retro Break: The Late 1960s

on August 30th, 2013 by Thorzul

Now onto the half of the decade that you were less likely to remember if you were there.1965 ToppsUnclaimed Cards: 3Claimed Cards: 2#496 Joe Cunningham – Senators (Play at the Plate)#498 Gene Stephens – White Sox (JediJeff)Happy that the condition of t…

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Sunday Night Baseball: 1965 Topps #200 Joe Torre – A Hero Number Card!

on July 28th, 2013 by deal

A couple of division leaders going at it on ESPN this evening. A good night to feature a player that was an All-Star with both the Cardinal and Braves squads, Joe Torre. 1965 Topps #200 Joe TorreTorre came up to the Majors with the Milwauk…

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ReWind: 1964 All-Star Game – 1965 Topps #310 Johnny Callison

on July 16th, 2013 by deal

The Last time the All-Star Game was hosted by the Mets was at old Shea Stadium in 1964.  The game was a big one for one Phillies Rep.   1965 Topps #310 Johnny CallisonWith the scored tied in 2 outs in the 9th Jo…

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Vintage Fridays: Luis Aparicio, 1965 Topps #410

on May 10th, 2013 by Kevin

Today I posted the final card on my Great 1965 Topps Project blog. It’s incredibly satisfying to officially close the book on my most ambitious undertaking to date as a collector. The 1965 Topps blog predated my Orioles card blog by a couple of months,…

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#525 Eddie Bressoud

on May 10th, 2013 by Kevin

Here we are at last…the end of the road. One last time, I would like to thank everyone who has read, shared, or commented on this blog over the last five years and change. I didn’t post these entries on anything resembling a consistent schedule, so i…

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