Browsing posts tagged: Topps
Paul Goldschmidt All-Star Stitches

I picked up the 2014 Topps Update All-Star Stitches card of Paul Goldschmidt in my most recent comc order to go with the 2013, 2015, and 2016 that I already had. Hopefully there are many more that I can add to this page over the coming years!

Players being interviewed on cards

Pretty much every baseball game I’ve every watched on TV features either pre-game interviews or post-game interviews with players. Sometimes, both. There should be more baseball cards featuring interviews. I have 20 cards featuring players being interv…

January 31st was Backward Day

Originally I was looking for a card with a player wearing his hat backward, and I had several to choose from, but I found an even better card. It came in my most recent comc order.This 1994 Stadium Club card of Mike Ignasiak is perfect for Backward Day…

Topps #7 and my missing Mantles!

My comc order came in earlier than expected. I got it Saturday the 18th. The estimated delivery date was almost a week later. Friday, the 24th.I was really excited about this package because I thought I was finishing off a bunch of projects. I was wron…

2016 Topps WWE

The 2016 Topps WWE set consists of 100 base cards, featuring wrestling stars of the past and present.  There are also inserts, autographs, memorabilia and manufactured relic cards.  The base set card backs feature a short write-up on the resp…

What Would Make Me Want to Buy 2017 Topps Archives…Maybe

I’d like to thank everyone who has left comments, sent me emails and DM’s regarding my dad. He had his first chemo cocktail this past Tuesday, and seems to have been in great spirits since. Yes, he was in pain, and it was noticeable on Monday when my f…

Random Cards from My Collection #81

I haven’t done this for awhile. Since I’m a giant nerd I use a random number generator in an Excel spreadsheet to generate cards for a post like this.Card #7,217: 1996 Collector’s Choice Silver #24 Matt LawtonThe Silver parallel had a facsimile signatu…

2016 Topps Gypsy Queen Discounted Blaster

While out looking for 2017 Topps I came across a discounted blaster of 2016 Topps Gypsy Queen. I’m not in love with this set and only bought a few packs last year but the blaster was only $11.98 and promised “1 Exclusive Short-Printed Mini Base Card Parallel Inside!”

It turns out that I’d pulled one of purple minis these from one of the 3 packs I bought last summer but this still goes in the reference books since it’s the retired players subset.

I also pulled this from the box, a foil-backed mini I didn’t know existed. Apparently these are only available in blasters. It’s a 50-card set, numbered 301-350. As usual with this kind of card, I’m happy I have it but who was asking for foil-backed Gypsy Queen minis?

I’m always happy to pull a relic card from a blaster.

And another card for the reference book is this insert I didn’t have.
Many baseball cards have a few sentences on the back highlighting something about the player. I guess these little paragraphs are probably difficult to write, not because it’s hard to think of something to say about a player but because there is so much that could be said. Sometimes these read like they were plucked from a bucket of random stats for each player but a few of these Gypsy Queen backs stood out for me.
So Familia was pitching a save while his wife was giving birth. His bad luck, I guess, that he couldn’t be there with her. But what is that opening line “His wife Bianca didn’t need labor induced” supposed to mean? His Wikipedia page wasn’t much help beyond saying she was his fiancée at the time and that he was arrested last October on domestic violence charges. 

Here’s another one.

Why exactly is it strange that Turner hit .323, .322 and .322 in his first three professional seasons? And where is the twist? There were no clues on his Wikipedia page.
Mariners ’17 Topps Series 1 Jersey Contest!

This contest is for a Robinson Cano 2017 Topps Series 1 Major League Material Jersey.  Good luck!!! Contest Details: This contest will end Friday, February 17, 2017 @ 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 […]

9 Years and Counting

As usual, I missed the anniversary of my first blog post because I always think it was late in February when actually it was February 2, 2008. This will be my 1,669th post, that’s 185 a year on average. Not as many as some but enough. These days I get …

Rediscovering Topps: 1987 Topps Tom O’Malley #164

After opening five regular packs and two jumbo packs of 2017 Topps products, let’s just say I’m so happy that I finally was able to get into the frenzy, albeit a week late.I have a decent amount of base cards for a starter set (which I’m most likely go…

My 100,000th Card

The 2016 Topps Update Megabox yielded the 100,000 card in my collection. I had expected to pass this milestone with the 2017 Topps blaster I bought but there were too may duplicates in the box. With any farther ado, here it is.Betts had a pretty good 2…

I Prefer My Nachos Grande
The internet is a wonderful thing, isn’t it? Oh, sure it’s mostly used these days for misinformation campaigns. But, every once in a while its goodness shines though. Such as the other day when I received a tweet from Chris over at Nachos Grande. He was spending some time going through blogger’s want lists, and he had found some cards off mine. All he needed was an address, and the cards would be on their way.

Does it get any better than that?

It wasn’t much longer before an envelope arrived with a handful of cards to add to my collection. Which cards were in there? I’m glad you asked!

Chris made a nice dent in my 2011 Gypsy Queen needs. I like the look of GQ this year. It has a classic elegance without getting too frilly about it. These three guys run the spectrum of fan favorites. Youkilis was beloved when he was in Boston, and most considered his time here too short. But, when you need to make room for the great Will Middlebrooks, sacrifices need to be made. David Ortiz, of course, practically spent his entire career in Boston, and people are still hoping for at least one more season to be added on. Crawford, on the other hand, couldn’t be run out of town fast enough for most fans. While I never understood the vile, most fans were pleased that 2011 was Crawford’s only full season in Boston.


More variety! Lester was a complex player. He went from being ridiculed for wondering why he wasn’t the ace of the staff, to being the most important piece of any pitching staff in baseball history. All without having his performance changing. It was all about perception. I guess a ring will do that for you sometimes. Speaking of rings, Speaker has a couple of those himself. I’ve always felt sorry for Speaker. He was from the wrong time. A player of his talents should be revered in Boston. There should be statues of him everywhere. But, he played before there was even video of him. He can’t have his number retired…he didn’t wear one. His greatness is lost to history a bit.

Finally, Chris included these great 2008 Allen and Ginter needs. Wait. What’s that? Cespedes wasn’t on the Red Sox in 2008? He wouldn’t play for the Sox until 2014? Did A&G use an old design to predict the future? Nope. These are custom cards created by Chris’s pal Ryan. I can’t underestimate how great these cards are in person. They’ll look fantastic next to their 2008 friends in my binder.

So, a huge thank you to Chris. The cards are much appreciated. And, even though they weren’t required, a return package is on its way to you. Hope you like it.

Thanks again!
2017 Topps Series 1 – First Look

I drew a blank at 2 Targets, but was able to find a rack pack and a hanger box at Walmart. The cards are a bit cheaper this year. I paid about 19 cents/card last year, these were 15 cents/card.Here are the cards as they came out of the rack pace. There…

Have You Seen the Backs of 2017 Topps Yet???

So 2017 Topps Series 1 is coming out later this week (possibly??!). We all know what this year’s design looks like. But unless you were one of the select few to attend that Las Vegas party a few weeks back, or somehow managed to snag a couple of cards …