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More Phillies cards from Dan

Here are some more Phillies cards I got from Dan of dansotherworld. Check out his blog.

1989 Topps Wax Box Cards #O Kent Tekulve

 I was collecting in the late 1980s and I remember that several manufacturers were featuring cards on box bottoms, but I don’t remember ever seeing one. In 1989, Topps had 16 cards in the set featuring players who reached some milestone. For some reason, they numbered them from A to P. Maybe so they wouldn’t get confused with the regular set. Dan sent me the two Phillies from the set, Tekulve and Greg Gross.

1989 Toys R Us Rookies #16

I didn’t have any cards from this set. There aren’t many card sets with yellow borders, and that may just as well. But I actually like cards with yellow borders, probably because they are rare.

1992 O-Pee-Chee Premier #134 John Kruk

This was the first set that O-Pee-Chee released that didn’t use the same design as Topps. A pretty nice looking card.

1992 Stadium Club Dome #4 Ron Allen

You don’t see many cards featuring the player in his college uni. Dan sent me this and another Phillie from the set, Tyler Green. I already had the Kevin Stocker card. Only two to go, Kruk and Gene Schall.

1993 Fleer Atlantic #12 John Kruk

This is a nice odd-ball. It’s the same basic design as 1993 Fleer except it has a gold border on the front and a gold background on the back. The regular card is silver. It also features different photos than the regular Fleer card. These were available in 5-card packs at Atlantic gas stations with an 8-gallon purchase. By the way, gas was going for about a dollar a gallon in 1993.

1997 Metal Universe #205 Scott Rolen

A Fleer product, perhaps the weirdest set ever produced. With his power belt on, Rolen could hit home runs into the next galaxy.

2000 Red Barons Magnets Jimmy Rollins

I don’t really know what this is. I’m guessing it’s from 2000 since that’s the year Jimmy played with the Red Barons. It isn’t really a baseball card but a refrigerator magnet. I guess it was a ballpark giveaway. Need and MRI? Call 800-383-4MRI.

2001 Bowman Heritage #24 Nelson Figueroa

2001 Bowman Heritage pretty much passed me by. I may have bought one pack. My first Phillie from the set.

2003 Fleer Splendid Splinters #41 Bobby Abreu

 Another of the myriad Fleer sets from the 2000s.


So Here’s What’s Been Happening While I’ve Been Gone

On Tuesday, I bought my 2015 Topps Pro Debut set, a 200-card Minor League Baseball card set, for $39.00. That was before a $5.00 discount was applied (that eBay put on my bill, I didn’t click on anything, it was just there). After clearing it with the seller, I wound up paying $34.00 for the set.

The set arrived on Friday, and after reading through 200 biographies of players who are now rookies in 2015 and those biding their time, waiting for a shot at the big leagues, I placed the cards in sheets. I now am the proud owner of every Topps Pro Debut set since the Company was awarded the license to produce MiLB cards in 2010. It’s a nice supplement to the basic set as Topps incorporates that year’s eponymous (there’s that word again) design with minor league team logos.

These are the real prospect cards as they feature players in their minor league uniforms, with all of the great minor league team names (Tin Cups, Chihuahuas, Ports). These are the ones that actually count as base set cards. Those Bowman Chrome Prospect cards that a handful of collectors still believe are Rookie Cards (because they depict the player in the clothes of their big league affiliates)? They’re not rookie cards. They’re inserts. That’s what they’ve been since 2006. It’s easy to say, “get over it,” but it’s been 10 baseball card seasons since the big overhaul. If you the collector haven’t by now, you never will, and that philosophy will never go away, so no sense in arguing about it.

I noticed something different about these cards compared to their major league counterparts.

They’re not completely glossy.

Only the player depicted on the card and the border is covered in gloss. The rest of the picture (the background) is matte finished. Okay, so you can’t tell based on the scans, but look at them up close, and you’ll see what I mean.

Not since 1997 Topps have I seen anything like this (I’m guessing).

Coming into today (June 8, 2015). Twenty-four players in this set have already made their major league debuts, and a 25th is making his MLB debut tonight (Carlos Correa of the Houston Astros). That’s 1/8th of the players in this set. Most, if not all, will eventually show up with major league cards in either Series 2 (which is coming soon…excited yet??!) and the Update Series (with 400 cards in this set…they better…more about that later).

In the mean time, the Royals have seven players leading the 2015 All-Star Game balloting. Do you think the commissioner is going to step in? It’s like 1957 all over again, when fans of the Reds (who coincidentally are hosting this year’s gig) placed seven of their players as starters but were over-ridden by Ford Frick.

I’m still biding my time, but the goal is by the All-Star Game that I’ll have the Series 2 cards and the Team Sets in hand and in binders. You know how it is around here during All-Star season (which runs from when the rosters are announced until the end of the game).

There is one more thing I want to write about, but I need to double check with the guys running it first before I can make the announcement here. They may have already made their announcement, but I haven’t seen anything yet. Without spoiling anything, let’s just say that if you’re wondering why the Baseball Card Cyber Museum hasn’t included images of the 2015 Topps Cards, Joe has them, but…

That’s it for now. Time to go online and do some price comparisons.

Sincerely,

JayBee Anama

2015 Topps Pro Debut Baseball Box Break & Review

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This product was a blast to open!!!  If you’re a minor league baseball fan, you’ve got to give this a try.  I attend a bunch of minor league games throughout the summer, and its fun to see cards of teams that are local to you.  Topps introduced the Pro Debut brand back in 2010.  I remember buying a box, and checking out all the funky minor league team names/logos.  Its a real nice change of pace.

2015 Topps Pro Debut has a 200-card base set.  The design looks just like what you’d see in the regular 2015 Topps MLB product.  Parallels come in Gold #’ed/50, Orange #’ed/25, Red #’ed/5, Printing Plates and Black #’ed/1.  Every box comes with (24) packs.  You should find (2) autographs and (2) memorabilia cards per box on average.  Fragments of the Farm deal with all the game-used relics.  In addition to having relic cards of players, you’ll also find cards containing pieces of certain minor league stadiums.  I find those to be really fun.  Topps included a Williamsport Crosscutters Fragments of the Farm card this year that contains a piece of sign from their gift shop.  This is awesome, given that this stadium isn’t far from me.  Then you have your Minor League Mascot Patches, and Pennant Patches.

Minor league teams have some of the best promotional giveaways.  Sometimes teams will wear jerseys that reflect the specific giveaway they have that day.  Promo Night Uniforms  is a new insert set within Pro Debut that highlights some of these off the wall jerseys.  Although I don’t think it will happen, I’d like to see some cards made of the actual giveaways.  How could you say no to cards featuring bobbleheads?

Like I said before, its a very nice change of pace.  Some collectors will argue that manufactured relics don’t count as true “hits”.  But that is a story which has been in debate for years.  Boxes cost about $60.00.  Very affordable.

Here is what I pulled:

Autos

  • Tanner Rahier
  • Stephen Perez

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Memorabilia

  • Nick Gordon Commemorative Pennant Patch Gold #’ed/50
  • Fragments of the Farm Tulsa Drillers Backstop Netting From Oneok Field

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Parallels

  • Rosell Herrera Gold #’ed/50
  • Francisco Lindor Orange #’ed/25

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Inserts

  • Nomar Mazara Promo Night Uniforms #PN-NM
  • Mike Wright Promo Night Uniforms #PN-MW
  • Alex Blandino Distinguished Debuts #DD-21
  • Cole Tucker Distinguished Debuts #DD-18
  • Carlos Rodon Distinguished Debuts #DD-4
  • Aaron Nola Distinguished Debuts #DD-7

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Phillies cards from Dan

A few weeks ago, I came upon dansotherworld and saw that he was giving away baseball cards by MBL division. Since he still had the NL East available, I signed on hoping for some Phillies cards. After reading some more of his blog I realized he was a Phillies collector and figured I wouldn’t get many Phillies from him.  After an exchange of emails, and him checking my blog, he said he’d see if he could find some Phillies for me.

A big package arrived the other day with almost 400 cards. Rather more than I expected. Among them were about 100 Phillies cards, of which I needed about half. Pretty good ratio. I will be studying Dan’s want list and hoping I’ll be able to return the favor.  So here are some of the more interesting Phillies he sent.

2009 Topps Allen & Ginter Framed Relics Ryan Howard

This is pretty much the best card of the bunch. The funny thing about this card is that I had actually bought two of these, one with a white jersey, the other with a bat, back in 2009, but I gave them to a friend, and fellow Phillies fan, for his birthday.

2014 Topps Chrome X-fractors #37 Cliff Lee

I love the way the scans of these cards look. I only had one X-fractor from this set and it wasn’t a Phillie.

2010 Topps Tribute Roy Halladay

These are the kinds of cards I never buy, unless I go specifically looking for them on eBay. As it turns out I have one other Phillie from this set.

2008 Ultimate Collection Cole Hamels #10

I’ve never even seen one of these cards. The base cards are numbered to 350.

2007 Upper Deck Goudey #76 Chase Utley

I had the Red Back version of this card. It’s nice to get the base card.

2003 Bowman #243 Il Kim

Topps released four cards featuring Il Kim in 2003, this one, a Stadium Club, a Topps and a Topps Total. Each card features a photo taken in the same spot, with Kim either sitting on or leaning on a bench. These are all the major league cards he has. I only need the Topps Total for the set.

2002 Fleer Authentix #70 Fleer Authentix

Fleer used to produce so many different sets each year it was hard to keep up with. I used to stop at my local card shop (when I had a local card shop) and buy a couple of packs of whatever was new. I have some cards from this set but I didn’t have any of the Phillies.

2001 Upper Deck Victory #491 Kent Bottenfield

Something you don’t see on baseball cards every day, a pitcher batting. In the 3 three months that Bottenfield spent with the Phillies he had 17 plate appearances.

2001 Topps Archives #235 Robin Roberts

When I pulled this card from the box, I thought, this is a nice card but I already have it. In fact, I have the 2002 Topps Archives Robin Roberts, which is the same card only with the Topps Archives logo on the left side.

I’ll have some more cards tomorrow.

Stanton ’15 Topps Tier One Jersey Contest!

This contest is for a Giancarlo Stanton 2015 Topps Tier One Jersey #’ed/399.  Good luck!!!

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Contest Details:

  • This contest will end Friday, June 12, 2015 @ 8:00 p.m. EST.
  • To enter, please leave a comment in this post.
  • You can enter once per day.
  • The winner will be selected at random.
  • Please provide a valid e-mail address when entering.
  • The winner will receive an e-mail when the contest is over.
  • The winner has one week to send me their contact information or the contest will be held again.
  • Once the contest is over, I will need the winner’s mailing address so I can ship them this card for FREE!!!

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The Phillies Tony Gonzalez

1977 was the earliest year for which I could find baseball cards for Phillies minor league teams. I would have liked to buy the whole sets but I could only find individual cards on eBay and they were pretty pricy. So I settled for one for now.

1977 TCMA Spartensburg Phillies #15 Tony Gonzalez

Tony was a coach with the Spartensburg Phillies in 1977. I like how they managed to squeeze the entire season schedule on the back of the card.  It’s pretty much unreadable.

Tony was originally signed by the Reds and debuted with them in 1960. He was traded to the Phillies in June 1960 and played for the Phils through 1968. Tony was a popular player in Philadelphia. He hit .295 for the team while here with 77 home runs.

Here are some other Gonzalez cards I own.

1964 Topps Giants #14

1966 Topps #748

1968 Topps #245

2015 Topps Tier One Baseball Box Break & Review

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2015 Topps Tier One Baseball is just my style.  No base.  It gets straight to the “hits”.  This is actually my first time opening a box of Tier One, and man does this stuff look nice.

I wish every single product in the world could be configured like Tier One.  I’m not someone that needs all that excess base which will end up sitting in a box for years collecting dust.  I like cards that have some use to them.  Inside each 2015 Topps Tier One Baseball box you’ll find (2) autographs and (1) relic card.  One in every four packs contains an additional relic.  It reminds me a lot of their Supreme brand.

Where Tier One shines the most is in it’s high-end “hits”.  Prodigious Patches contain a jumbo piece of patch.  Autographed Prodigious Patches have a jumbo patch and a on-card autograph.  Platinum versions of these exist limited to five copies.  Limited Lumber cards have a huge colorful part of the bat inside and are all numbered 1/1.  Bat knobs are back too with autographed versions as well.  You can even look for jumbo patch cards featuring All-Star Game relics.

The high-end cards aren’t the only good looking things in here though.  Almost everything is signed on-card, except for the Autographed Tier One Relics.  Those do use stickers.  Where Topps really came through though are the Clear One Autographs.  These look super nice!!!  The layered acetate look came out well.

Boxes cost about $92.00 right now.  It was a fun and fast break.

Here is what I pulled:

Autos

  • Joc Pederson New Guard Autographs #’ed/349
  • Jose Abreu Tier One Autographs #’ed/99

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Relic

  • Giancarlo Stanton Jersey #’ed/399

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Larkin ’15 Topps UFC Knockout Auto Contest!

This contest is for a Lorenz Larkin 2015 Topps UFC Knockout Auto.  Good luck!!!

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Contest Details:

  • This contest will end Friday, June 5, 2015 @ 8:00 p.m. EST.
  • To enter, please leave a comment in this post.
  • You can enter once per day.
  • The winner will be selected at random.
  • Please provide a valid e-mail address when entering.
  • The winner will receive an e-mail when the contest is over.
  • The winner has one week to send me their contact information or the contest will be held again.
  • Once the contest is over, I will need the winner’s mailing address so I can ship them this card for FREE!!!

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tradingcarddb.com

I’m sure many of you know of tradingcarddb.com. I’ve known about it for years but only recently started to delve into it. Simply put, it’s an on-line database for trading cards of all kinds. Currently the site has 6,435,514 cards listed with images for 1,100,504. The images come from people uploading images to it. It seems to be pretty much a user-drive site, with checklists of new sets also being uploaded by members. Someone moderates the place. The more you upload the more privileges you get on the site. For example, when you first join, the first images you upload  have to be approved. But after awhile, your images just go right into the database.

I’m, of course, most interested in baseball cards, but the site has cards from all sports and a number of non-sports card sets as well.

You can also use it to catalog your own collection but I don’t plan to do that. I have a well ordered database of my own design I use and don’t see much point in duplicating it on-line.

The site has a number of interesting lists which I’m going to share on occasion. One of them is “The most common cards in member’s collections”. This is the baseball card list, which is heavily loaded with late 1980s Topps cards.

1987 Topps #648 Barry Larkin

I don’t know how many members the site has, but this card is held by 509 of them. By the way, there are many more baseball cards than any other. Even the 10th ranking on the baseball list is held by many more members than any other type of card.

1981 Topps #675 – Atlanta Braves Team Card

I had to crib this image from the site. It’s the only card on the list I don’t own. I not only own all the other cards but I already had scans of them.  This card is held by 391 members. The resolution of the images on the site is pretty good, but not as high as I typically scan at.

1987 Topps #735 Rickey Henderson

#3 on the list with holdings by 374 members

1988 Topps #102 Barry Larkin

#4. The second of three appearance by Larkin on this list, the only player to appear more than once. 363 members.

1987 Topps #773 Robin Yount

#5 with 358 members

1987 Topps #300 Reggie Jackson

#6 with 352 members

1989 Topps #515 Barry Larkin

#7 with 352 members. Who knew that Barry Larkin was so popular with collectors?

1987 Topps #386 Mark McGwire

#8 with 348 members.

1987 Topps #80 Wally Joyner

#9 with 347 members

1989 Topps #784 Steve Avery

#10, also with 347.

The inclusion of these Topps sets in this list may be more a function of the prodigious number of sets produced by Topps rather than their being particularly popular with collectors. Having said that, 1987 is one of my favorite sets.

To contrast the baseball card list with the basketball card list, the #1 basketball card is the 1990-91 Hoops #236 Jeff Hornacek with 198 members. All of the cards on the basketball list are from the same set.

6,439,514

Red Sox RC Auto Contest!

This week’s contest is for a Anthony Ranaudo 2015 Topps Gypsy Queen RC Auto.  Good luck!!!

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Contest Details:

  • This contest will end Friday, May 29, 2015 @ 8:00 p.m. EST.
  • To enter, please leave a comment in this post.
  • You can enter once per day.
  • The winner will be selected at random.
  • Please provide a valid e-mail address when entering.
  • The winner will receive an e-mail when the contest is over.
  • The winner has one week to send me their contact information or the contest will be held again.
  • Once the contest is over, I will need the winner’s mailing address so I can ship them this card for FREE!!!

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Star Wars Digital Card Trader – Current Haves/Wants List

This will obviously change, probably before the end of the day, but this is what I have and want currently

Needs:

Luke/Vader Shred
GM Rebels Season 2.

I’m willing to do an Obi Wan Vintage for both.

HAVES:

* HOTH Award Luke’s Snowspeeder BLUE (416)
* HOTH Award Luke Skywalker WHITE (1075)
* VINTAGE Ben (Obi Wan) Kenobi  (2500)
* HOTH AT-ST Blue (2500)
* HOTH Rebel Soldier White (3000)
* HOTH Snowtropper Blue (3000)
* TC Darth Maul (3000)
* QUOTE “I Know” (3500)
* BOUNTY Boba Fett (7500)
* ES Droideka Greeen (7500)
* FC Cad Bane (20,000)

* GOLD Sebulba (1874)
* GOLD Ben (Obi Wan) Kenobi (3089)

* GREEN Chewbacca (1260)
* GREEN Ponda Baba (1416)
* GREEN Ben (Obi Wan) Kenobi (1889)
* GREEN C-3P0 (1997)
* GREEN Grand Moff Tarkin (2237)
* GREEN Anakin Jedi Knight (3068)

Random Cards From My Collection #75

Card #39942
2003 Just Prospects #2 Josh Anderson

Comments on the card/player: These used to be pretty common in repacks and that’s where I got this card in 2013. Anderson was the Astros 4th round draft pick in 2003 and eventually had a 3-year career with the Astros, Braves, Tigers and Royals.
How/When acquired: Paid $0.04/card for a 100-card Fairmont repack in 2013.

Card #31660
1991 Donruss #536 Jose Canseco

Comments on the card/player: Canseco had his second highest home run total of his career in 1991, with 44.
How/When acquired: Don’t know.

Card #4963
2005 Classic Clippings MLB Game Worn Jersey Collection #31 Omar Vizquel

Comments on the card/player: Vizquel played for 24 years and won 11 Golden Gloves.
How/When acquired: From back in the days when nearly every blaster box came with a relic. Paid $0.32/card for blaster box of Classic Clippings on 5/1/05.

Card #5121
2004 Topps #344 Albert Pujols/Todd Helton/ Juan Pierre

 Comments on the card/player: I always liked the design of these leaders cards from 2004 Topps, especially the backs.
How/When acquired: Paid $0.26/card for a blaster of Topps in 2004.

Card #32008
2012 Topps Heritage #269 Justin Morneau

Comments on the card/player: From 2006 through 2009, Morneau averaged 117.5 rbis per season. He hasn’t had more than 84 in a season since.
How/When acquired: Paid $0.30/card for a blasters of Topps Heritage in March 2012.

Card #10323
2008 Topps Opening Day #9 Ken Griffey Jr.

Comments on the card/player: These cards were red, scarlet, vermillion, crimson, ruby, cherry, cerise, cardinal, carmine, wine, etc.
How/When acquired: Paid $0.16/card for a blaster in March 2008.

Card #4252
1998 Upper Deck #246 Kevin Brown

 Comments on the card/player: Commemorating the first no hitter of 1997. Brown was 16-8 for the Marlins in 1997, helping to lead them to the 1997 World Series win.
How/When acquired: Don’t know.

Card # 9254
1989 Topps Traded #54 Ken Howell

 Comments on the card/player: In early December 1988, the Dodgers traded Howell to the Orioles for Eddie Murray. A few days later, the O’s traded Howell to the Phillies for Phil Bradley. The Phillies then signed Howell to a 4-year, $4.7 million dollar contract. He was 20 and 19 in his first 2 years with the Phillies but injuries ended his career after the 1990 season.
How/When acquired: Don’t know.

Card #13884
2009 Topps 206 #284 Alexei Ramirez

 Comments on the card/player: The front of these cards were OK, but the set is ruined for me by the identical fake stain on the back of each card.
How/When acquired: Paid $0.44/card for a hobby box in December 2009.

Card #5613
2001 SP Legendary Cuts Game Jersey Tommy Holmes

 Comments on the card/player: I love this card. Holmes mostly played for the Boston Braves in the 1940’s. I love that this is a swatch from a woolen uniform.
How/When acquired: Paid $4.66 in May 2005 from eBay.

A look back – Topps Magazine

I was digging around my LCS and found some old Topps Magazines – I was tempted to pick at least a couple up since I remember picking up the first issue as a kid and liked the idea of an all-color magazine devoted to sports cards; there was a period of time where the only places I really got my collecting magazines was through supermarkets and I had to go into an actual card shop for a Beckett Baseball Card Montly magazine.

As a beginning collector with relatively little to spend, it was intimidating making my way inside a card shop every month a new Beckett would pop up, so the only magazine I was reading on a regular basis was Baseball Cards Magazine – I suppose Topps Magazine provided another alternative, which probably made spending time browsing the magazine rack at the supermarket that much easier while tagging along on shopping trips.

Like Baseball Cards Magazine, there were cards inserted into the magazine though I probably thought the cards were not ‘real’ because the card stock was a little different, even from the Baseball Card Magazine inserts – and it was impossible to remove the cards from the magazine [without the cards looking like garbage].

The cards in the Topps magazine were perforated, but the best I could do was try and tear the panels apart like they were monkey bread – the cards always were torn up.

This article in the particular magazine pictured was written by a then 15-year old named Tyler Kepner [who is a New York Times sportswriter now] – it’s all the myriad of ways to go about finding ways to collect common cards that have the same theme, known to me as ‘collecting topics cards’ or better known to card bloggers as ‘mini-collections.’

It was fun scanning through the story and realize this was probably something I read at some point – to serve as inspiration to collect in unique, if unconventional ways.

Thanks, but no thanks, Topps.

Hey everyone, Drew back here today, with a post that has been delayed longer than any other post in the history of this website! On July 15th, 2012, my Dad, friends Schuyler, Connor, and I all met up at a local card show at the Mid Hudson Civic Center. At that show, we not only met Whitey Ford, but we also won a door prize and I came home with a Tino Martinez signed baseball. Plus, my Dad got me a beautiful Mariano Rivera signed 16×20 for my collection. Boy, those were the days. Also, that was the same day I bought and activated two redemption cards from my 2011 Topps Tier One set; the relics they were supposed to make of Rickey Henderson and Ryne Sandberg. These have been the last two cards I have needed to complete my set ever since that day.

And well, they’re clearly not making them. Topps is far past their 2011 Tier One set, instead focusing on this year’s product, leaving behind all of the now expired redemption holders in the cold. It really is a shame, as I was particularly excited to have the Henderson card, but sure enough Topps found a way to disappoint. After waiting over a year and a half for the cards with no response, I emailed Topps Customer Service and spoke to someone who said my cards would be replaced and handled within 6-8 weeks. Two months later, I was still left in the cold (keep in mind about $40 was spent on the two cards), but I continued to keep my faith in the company, hoping they would eventually pull through.

Another year passed, until I finally decided to give it another shot; this time with a little bit more of a temper. I normally don’t like to raise my temper, but this was something I grew livid about as two and a half years of my life went by. And you may ask, why didn’t I just throw in the towel and give up? The simple answer is because I don’t like giving up when I know there is something I have purchased or earned. More promises were made by Customer Service, and this time they actually delivered. I was hoping they would provide me with cards that would fulfill my PC’s, especially considering how fed up I was over this situation. I let them know who I collect, and they said they couldn’t make any promises as to what I would receive. For once, they actually prepared me for a letdown.

Albert Pujols is a tremendous player, and easily one of the best players I’ve had the privilege of watching in my lifetime. This 2013 Museum Collection card is beautiful, featuring four pieces of material; 3 bat relics and 1 red jersey relic. It is numbered 98 of 99, adding to the overall value of the card, which I presume was meant to match the Henderson card. But this is not what I purchased; if I wanted to spend $25 on an Albert Pujols relic I would have went to eBay and done that myself. The best part about this, as well as the next card, is that I finally have some trade bait. Again, I do appreciate all that Albert Pujols has done for the game, but I would’ve taken a Joe Panik autograph instead of these two cards any day.

The only saving grace of this 2013 Allen & Ginter Bruce Sutter relic is thanks to Sutter’s beautiful facial hair. Otherwise, it’s a very dull card, to be honest. I just listed Sutter as one of my most undeserving Hall of Famers, and I really don’t have any need for this in my collection. I understand his place in baseball history as one of the better relievers of his era, and I’m sure someone else reading would love to own this, and if that is the case I’d love to work something out.

All in all, I’m pretty frustrated still with Topps despite finally sending me something. I get that the two cards I was given equalled the Beckett value of the cards I was waiting on, but there was more to it than that. I stopped buying Topps cards for the most part of two years in a row because their Customer Service was so lackluster, and you would think the company would provide the care for their customers a little better than just throwing two cards I don’t want or need at me. With this, I am now officially done with the 2011 Topps Tier One set; it ended on a bitter note, but at least I can say I have some nice cards from that set to drool over.

Thanks but no thanks, Topps. Comment below if you’re interested in either card.

See Ya!

1971 O-Pee-Chee

I’m pretty familiar with O-Pee-Chee cards from the 1980s and early 1990s. If you don’t know, OPC was a Canadian company that produced Topps cards in Canada. The sets were generally the same as the Topps set each year, except that the OPC cards often had the O-Pee-Chee logo and English and French on the backs. I’m much less familiar with OPC in the 1970s.

I went looking for 1971 O-Pee-Chee Phillies cards on eBay. I was hoping to find a team set but the cards were being sold individually and some were pricey (more expensive than then equivalent Topps cards. I believe they are considerably rarer that Topps which would account for the higher price.  I decided to get one now and wait awhile for the rest.

1971 O-Pee-Chee #49 Don Money

As a comparison, here’s Money’s 1971 Topps card.

There is literally no difference between them, except for the centering

Here are the backs.

The backs are not the same. I’ve always liked 1971 because of the floating head in a box on the back. O-Pee-Chee puts the floating head in a star-burst in the center. I like that more. The O-Pee-Chee color is also more attractive. All the text from the Topps card is on the O-Pee-Chee in English on the right and French on the left.

I also acquired a 1976 Phillies O-Pee-Chee card which I’ll share a little later.  I’m gonna have to get some more of these.

What surprised me is that no where on the card does it reference “O-Pee-Chee” or “OPC”. The copyright line on the O-Pee-Chee card says T.C.G (Topps Chewing Gum) just like the Topps card does.

Ichiro is Back on Topps!!!

It looks like whatever deal Ichiro Suzuki had with that rogue card company is now over.

In 2013, many collectors (myself included) noticed that a certain recently traded Yankees player was not in any of the Topps products the company brought to the masses. He didn’t appear on any checklists, he didn’t appear in the eponymous set, the team set, not even those Topps Chipz. Unusual enough that Topps was excluding a Yankee player, but it was Ichiro.

Ichiro!!!

The last time we saw this guy on a Topps card (not including the SP, or the Heritage High Numbers) was in 2012 Topps Update Series.

2012 Topps Update Series Ichiro #US272A

And that was it.

Okay, I’m wrong. He showed up in those Topps Qubi things in 2013)

If you wanted your Ichiro fix, you’d have to buy cards from those other card companies (shudder). But if you’re a die-hard Topps fan, there was nothing for you.  You were out.

Until now.

I saw this on Facebook yesterday, and thought, “This has to be a mock-up. No way is this real!”

It’s a picture of an autograph card for 2015 Topps Allen & Ginter’s. It includes an image of Ichiro, and an autograph (is that really his auto???).

There were some red flags raised, which made me question its authenticity:

  • It’s of Ichiro in a Mariners’ jersey. Isn’t he with the Marlins now?
  • It’s an autograph. I didn’t see (at the time) any news of Ichiro signing an autograph deal with Topps
  • I knew that Ichiro was in a long-term deal with Leaf, which was probably why he vanished from Topps products these last two-plus years.

But then today, I’m reading the Twitter feed and see this (and if you can’t see the images, the actual line is below):

Topps Company @toppscards: Topps to issue its first autographed cards of Ichiro!

Topps Company @toppscards: Ichiro will also have autographed card of him featured with the *Yankees and @Marlins in 2015 Topps Allen & Ginter.

Well, it’s official.

It looks like Ichiro has finally come back to Topps. Along with Allen & Ginter’s, will we see a Marlins card of Mr. Suzuki any time soon? Will he be in Series 2? Update Series? Archives?

Better question: Will Topps be making “retro” cards of Ichiro from his Yankees days (2013, 2014)?

Regardless of when he makes his return to a Topps base card, It’s about time.

Now, about that Matt Wieters guy…

Sincerely,

JayBee Anama

Random Cards From My Collection #72

Card #45759
2014 Bowman #115 Troy Tulowitzki

Comments on the card/player: I still haven’t decided if I like the weird roots or veins on this Bowman design.
How/When acquired: Paid $0.28/card for a couple of blasters from Walmart in May 2014.

Card #8824
1994 Stadium Club #503 Kim Batiste

Comments on the card/player: The front of this card could be used for a Christmas ornament.
How/When acquired: I don’t know but I probably got it new.

Card #43884
1990 Fleer #204 Dwight Gooden

Comments on the card/player: DID YOU KNOW? Only the ninth teenager to play for the Mets. According to baseball-reference.com he was 19.143 years old on his debut, just barely a teenager.
How/When acquired: I don’t know but I probably got it new.

Card #47229
2014 Upper Deck Goodwin Champions #52

Comments on the card/player: Probably my least favorite year for Goodwin Champions. The Bus had a 10-year career as a running back starting in 1993. He was just elected to the Hall of Fame.
How/When acquired: Paid $.45/card for two blasters from Target in August 2014.

Card #11925
1987 Topps #21 Mark Davis

Comments on the card/player: Mark was the Phillies #1 draft pick in 1979. He played for the Phillies, Giants, Padres, Royals, Braves, Phillies again, Padres again and Brewers in his 15-year career.
How/When acquired: Don’t know

Card #43947
2006 Bowman Chrome Refractors #34 Kevin Youkilis

Comments on the card/player: Youk, not very popular in New York, signed a $12,000,000 with the Yankees for the 2013 season. Back surgery in June put him out for the season, which I’m sure made him even less popular. He signed a $4,000,000 contract to play in Japan for the 2014 season but only played 21 games before plantar fasciitis ended his season. He announced is retirement in October 2014.
How/When acquired: Paid $1 at a card show in December 2013.

Card #37613
1991 Upper Deck #508 Dave Gallagher

Comments on the card/player: The orientation of the back photo in this set sometimes yielded weird results.
How/When acquired: Paid $0.04 for 100-card Fairfield repack in March 2013.

Card #3831
1994 Triple Play Nicknames #7 Mark McGwire

Comments on the card/player: And now you know why the A’s sometimes use an elephant.
How/When acquired: Don’t know but I probably got it new. Yes, I was buying Triple Play in 1994.

Card #26671
2011 Topps Gypsy Queen #266 Daric Barton

Comments on the card/player: The debut year for Gypsy Queen. Topps should have made it a one-off.
How/When acquired: Paid $0.44/card for 4 rack packs of Topps Gypsy Queen in May 2011.

Card #3449
1992 Stadium Club Dome #181 Kevin Stocker

Comments on the card/player: Although copyrighted in 1991, this 100-card set came out well into 1992. It came packaged as a factory set in a plastic model of the Toronto SkyDome, now called the Rogers Stadium, where the 1991 All-Star game had been played. It was pretty rare. 
How/When acquired: Don’t know, but probably at a card shop or flea market later in the 1990s.

Salvaging a few Topps cards

1962 Topps Tony Kubek #311

At my LCS there are a few ‘newer’ shoe storage boxes on display featuring old school / vintage ‘beaters’ for a buck each – I go through them because the cards were probably part of someone’s collection and maybe I can pick up some cards representing a cardboard relic of the past.

The cards are kind of a cheap thrill to have in my hand since they were printed more than 40 years ago – even if the cards are merely worth what I paid for them.

1973 Topps Steve Carlton #300

1972 Topps Juan Marichal #568

1967 Topps Jim Palmer #152