Monday, 21 April 2014

2013 Topps Archives Mini Tall Boys Inserts

Here is another insert set that I completely forgot that I had started. The Mini Tall Boy insets in 2013 Topps Archives. 

When looking back at the cards that have caught my eye in recent years, Topps Archives has consistently included cards that fit my collecting habits. In 2012 Topps used the 1980 design in Archives, a set that has a special place in my heart for two reasons; it was the first set of baseball cards that I ever received and it was the first set I completed, with the added bonus that the 1980 design is one of my favourites. Topps has decided to use 1980 design again in 2014 Archives. Guess what I will be collecting in 2014.

The Mini Tall Boys 'subset' uses the oversized Topps Football set design from 1965, known as the 'Tall Boy', a name give because of their size. While regular modern cards measured 2 1/2" x 3 1/2", 'Tall Boys' were 2 1/2" X 4 11/16". 
As the name suggests the 2013 inserts are mini versions measuring a fraction of the 1965 originals.
I will be attempting to collect all 40 cards in the 'subset'.  

MT-AB Albert Pujols
MT-AK Al Kaline
MT-AR Anthony Rizzo
MT-BH Bryce Harper
MT-BP Buster Posey
MT-CK Clayton Kershaw
MT-CR Cal Ripken Jr.
MT-CS Chris Sale
MT-DBU Dylan Bundy
MT-DB Dante Bichette
MT-DC Dave Concepcion
MT-DE Dwight Evans
MT-DF David Freese
MT-DJ Derek Jeter
MT-DM Denny McLain
MT-DP Dave Parker
MT-DS Dave Stewart
MT-DW David Wright
MT-EB Ellis Burks
MT-ED Eric Davis
MT-FL Fred Lynn
MT-FM Fred McGriff
MT-FW Frank White
MT-GG Gio Gonzalez
MT-KG Kirk Gibson
MT-KM Kevin Mitchell
MT-MC Miguel Cabrera
MT-MG Mike Greenwell
MT-MS Mike Schmidt
MT-MT Mike Trout
MT-MW Matt Williams
MT-ON Otis Nixon
MT-RB Ryan Braun
MT-RC Robinson Cano
MT-RD Rob Dibble
MT-RCL Roberto Clemente
MT-SS Stephen Strasburg
MT-WC Will Clark
MT-WM Will Middlebrooks
MT-YC Yoenis Cespedes

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

2014 Topps Baseball Series One

These 6 packs of 2014 series one are my first packs in a long while, they were a birthday gift from my boss. She always remembers...
The 2014 series one base set consists of 330 cards. 
There are at least 7colour parallels (and variations) including an interesting 'clear', although limited to 10.
There are insert, after insert, after insert

Pack 1:
#100 Bryce Harper Nationals
#114 Francisco Liriano Pirates
#131 Junichi Tazawa Red Sox
#138 Wei-Yin Chen Orioles
#148 Chris Sale White Sox
#169 Nick Franklin Mariners
#204 Adrian Gonzalez Dodgers
#229 Justin Upton Braves
#304 Juan Lagares Mets
#567 Bob Oliver Royals 1970 reprint 

Pack 2:
#4 Cody Asche Phillies
#38 National League Home Run Leaders
#46 Kolten Wong Cardinals
#80 Jack Hannahan Reds
#104 Kurt Suzuki A's
#129 Yonder Alonso Padres
#130 Scooter Gennett Brewers
#135 Eric Sogard A's
#252 Kevin Pillar Blue Jays
#UC-41 Jacoby Ellsbury Red Sox 

Pack 3:
#96 Wily Peralta Brewers
#113 National League ERA leaders
#119 Brandon Crawford Giants
#120 Kevin Correia Twins
#206 World Series Game 5 Jon Lester
#325 Trevor Plouffe Twins
#326 Khris Davis Brewers
#BG-19 Nolan Ryan Mets 

Pack 4:
#28 Brayan Pena Tigers
#61 Nick Markakis Orioles
#108 J.D.Martinez Astros
#111 Mark Ellis Dodgers
#118 Ian Desmond Nationals
#145 Jason Castro Astros
#166 Dustin Pedroia Red Sox
#218 Matt Dominguez Astros
#287 Migual Montero D-backs
##FN-12 Zack Wheeler Mets

Pack 5:
#35 Trevor Cahill D-backs
#110 Wil Myers Bay Rays
#115 Brett Oberholtzer Astros
#140 Jonathan Broxton Reds
#253 Checklist
#283 Andrelton Simmons Braves
#262 Jeff Keppinger White Sox
#288 Julio Teheran Braves
#292 Aaron Hill D-backs
#FN-8 Jean Segura

Pack 6:
#53 Clay Buchholz Red Sox
#129 Erasmo Ramirez Mariners
#185 Howie Kendrick Angels
#248 Travis D'Arnaud Mets
#264 Huston Street Padres black border 38/63
#275 Nolan Arenado Rockies
#290 Chad Bettis Rockies
#303 Andres Torres Giants
#307 Jake Peavy Red Sox
#FN-29 Bryce Harper Nationals

That felt nice opening packs once again. Good mixture of Red Sox and some of the many inserts. The short printed black bordered Huston Street was a surprise. All available to good homes.
Just checking to see if there any variations....

Friday, 5 July 2013

1969 Topps Deckle Edge 'Insert'

1969 Deckle Edge insert

In 1969 Topps inserted these 'Deckle Edge' cards into the Series Three regular packs. Each card features a black and white image of the player with a facsimile autograph at the bottom. The edge of cards have a jagged, often called scalloped, edge. There are 33 cards in the set, although cards #11 and #22 can be found with two different players..
A unique oddball set for those who don't necessarily want their cards in perfect condition
Topps returned to the Deckle Edge design in 1974. A larger but rarer 72 card test set was released in a small limited area of the East Coast in the USA. These cards were much bigger than the '69 Deckle Edge and were officially referred to as 'Baseball Photos'. The picture on the front was 'full bleed', Topps had dispensed with the white border. The cards featured the same blue facsimile signature, however the back featured handwritten script of the player's name, team, position plus the date and location of the photograph. A small newspaper article about the player's career appeared beneath the writing.
1974 Topps Baseball Photos
 Topps again returned to the Deckle Edge design in 2012 with a 15 card insert set which featured A Deckle Cut Around The Edges.  Inserted into Topps Archives packs at a rate of 1in 10 packs. This insert is a definite throwback to the 1969 Deckle Edge.
2012 Topps Deckle Edge insert

1969 Checklist
1 - Brooks Robinson
2 - Boog Powell
3 -Ken Harrelson
4 - Carl Yastrzemski
5 - Jim Fregosi
6 - Luis Aparicio
7 - Luis Tiant
8 - Denny McLain
9 - Willie Horton
10 - Bill Freehan
11a - Hoyt Wilhelm
11b - Jim Wynn
12 - Rod Carew
13 - Mel Stottlemyre
14 - Rick Monday
15 - Tommy Davis
16 - Frank Howard
17 - Felipe Alou
18 - Don Kessinger
19 - Ron Santo
20 - Tommy Helms
21 - Pete Rose
22a - Rusty Staub
22b - Joe Foy
23 - Tom Haller
24 - Maury Wills
25 - Jerry Koosman
26 - Richie Allen
27 - Roberto Clemente
28 - Curt Flood
29 - Bob Gibson
30 - Al Ferrara
31 - Willie McCovey
32 - Juan Marichal
33 - Willie Mays

2012 Archives Checklist
69DE-1 Roy Halladay
69DE-2 Evan Longoria
69DE-3 Jose Bautista
69DE-4 Mike Napoli
69DE-5 David Freese
69DE-6 Ichiro Suzuki
69DE-7 Joe Mauer
69DE-8 Bob Gibson
69DE-9 Juan Marichal
69DE-10 Orlando Cepeda
69DE-11 Carl Yastrzemski
69DE-12 Roberto Clemente
69DE-13 Willie Mays
69DE-14 Harmon Killebrew
69DE-15 Joe Morgan

Thursday, 30 May 2013

2013 Topps Series 1 baseball Jumbo Pack 2

The second Jumbo (rack pack) I received.
Hopefully I will have better luck pulling some Red Sox from this pack of 36 cards.
Jumbo pack 2:
#11 Yu Darvish Rangers
#21 Lucas Duda Mets
#33 Cliff lee Phillies
#55 Tim Lincecum Giants
#74 Kenley Jansen Dodgers
#77 Dustin Moseley Padres
#81 2012 NL leaders
#98 Gaby Sanchez Pirates
#119 Chris Davis Orioles
#132 Ryan Vogelsong Giants
#134 Jake Arrieta Orioles
#147 Ivan Nova Yankees
#174 Jason Grilli Pirates
#185 Rob Scahill Rockies
#291 David Hernandez D-backs
#222 Jason Heyward Braves
# 242 Matt Kemp Dodgers
#269 St Louis Cardinals
#271 Jeurys Familia Mets
#311 Rajai Davis Blue Jays
#320 Michael Young Rangers
#321 Allen Craig Cardinals
#331 Jose Reyes Blue Jays
Retro Rangers
Blue-bordered parallel
#130 Jason Motte Cardinals
#205 Ryan Theriot Giants
#280 Rafael Dolis Cubs

Emerald parallel
#266 Albert Pujols Angels
Gold-bordered parallel
#73 Brandon Crawford Giants 0912/2013
#CTC-1 Babe Ruth Yankees
#CD-20 Tommy Milone Athletics
#CH-3 Ian Kinsler Rangers
#CH-41 Johan Santana Mets
#CH-49 Jackie Robinson Dodgers
#TM-42 Willie Mays Giants
Million dollar chase
Two jumbos -no Red Sox! 72 cards and not a sniff...

Tuesday, 28 May 2013

1997 Score Hobby Reserve baseball packs

The 1997 Score set consisted of 551 cards split into two series. Series 1 #1-330 and Series 2 #331 - 550. card #551 was a short printed card of Hideki Irabu in both English and Japanese.
The Hobby Reserve was distributed exclusively to the Hobby was printed on premium stock card, Series 1 had a grey border.
There are two parallel versions: Showcase and Artist Proofs. A parallel set called 'Reserve Collection' was only available in Series 2 reserve packs.
There are a number of inserts: Pitch Prefect, Titanic Taters, Hightlight (sic) Zone, Franchise, All-Star Fan fest, Stellar Season, Heart of the Order, Blast Masters, Heart of the Order and Stand and Deliver. Because of the unusual insert methods, certain inserts are only available in either retail, hobby or jumbo packs. Insertion ratios differ depending on the 'type' of pack purchased.
The Red Sox available in Series 2 are:
#344 John Wasdin
#395 Aaron Sele
#450 Steve Avery
#461 Tim Wakefield
#471 Rudy Pemberton
#473 Nomar Garciaparra
#510 Mo Vaughn Going Yard

I have 4 packs of Hobby Reserve, which contain 15 cards.

Pack 1:
#372 Edgardo Alfonzo Mets
#389 Midre Cummings Pirates
#393 Quilvio Veras Padres
#422 Shane Andrews Expos
#426 Felipe Crespo Blue Jays
#430 Roger Clemens Blue Jays
#432 Ernie Young Athletics
#434 Jeff Blauser Braves
#436 Carl Everett Mats
#465 Mike Bordick Orioles
#495 Albert Belle White Sox
#522 Hideo Nomo Dodgers
#534 Rusty Greer Rangers
#542 Roberto Alomar Orioles
#HR487 Chris Holt Astros RC

Pack 2:
#349 Chad Curtis Indians
#359 Allen Watson Angles
#364 Mark Clear Mets
#375 Steve Karsay Athletics
#388 John Smiley Reds
#407 Phil Nevin Tigers
#414 Jeff Fassero Mariners
#460 Mel Rojas Cubs
#461 Tim Wakefield Red Sox
#492 Kevin Orie Cubs RC
#502 Jeff Bagwell Astros
#526 Charles Nagy Indians
#528 Tom Glavine Braves
#529 Randy Johnson Mariners
#544 Jason Giambi Athletics

Pack 3:
#341 Alex Fernandez Marlins
#342 Ruben Sierra Blue Jays
#370 Brad Ausmus Astros
#379 Lee Smith Expos
#420 David Segui Expos
#427 Jason Bates Rockies
#435 Lenny Dykstra Phillies
#437 Russ Davis Mariners
#445 Jose Valentin Brewers
#449 Jose Vizcaino Giants
#472 Keith Lockhart Braves
#480 Wilton Guerrero Dodgers
#491 Ray Montgomery Astros
#499 Ken Griffey Jr. Mariners
#541 Paul Molitor Twins
Pack 4:
#341 Alex Fernandez Marlins
#342 Ruben Sierra Blue Jays
#370 Brad Ausmus Astros
#420 David Segui Expos
#423 Gary DiSarcina Angels
#427 Jason Bates Rockies
#431 Deion Sanders Reds
#435 Lenny Dykstra Phillies
#437 Russ Davis Mariners
#445 Jose Valentin Brewers
#454 Roberto Kelly Twins Artists Proof
#472 Keith Lockhart Braves
#489 Vladimir Guerrero Expos
#491 Ray Montgomery Astros
#499 Ken Griffey Jr. Mariners

You may have noticed a similarity between packs 3 and 4, 12 of the cards were in both packs- excellent quality control.

Thursday, 23 May 2013

2013 Topps Series 1 baseball Jumbo Pack 1

Two Jumbo Packs of 2013 Topps Series 1 from the Alley Family in North Carolina.
Each pack contains 36 cards of which three are exclusive blue bordered parallels.
There are 330 cards in the series 1 base set.
There is a staggering number of parallel variations available: Emerald, red border, blue border, purple border, gold, desert camo, black, pink...wait a minute pink..?, platinum.
Plus some 'Out of Bounds' short prints
There are inserts: 1972 minis, Calling Card (which look pretty impressive at first glance),Chasing History, Chasing the Dream, Cut to the Chase, Silks and hobby only-The Greats.
There are also relics and autos linked to the parallel cards and a wider number of manufactured relic patch, coin, etc, etc.

The Red Sox available in this set are:
#15 Dustin Pedroia
#32 Craig Breslow
#64 Will Middlebrooks
#66 Daniel Nava
#91 Alfredo Aceves
#118 Daisuke Matsuzaka
#241 Jacoby Ellsbury
#279 Vicente Padilla
#291 Ryan Sweeney
#301 Jarrod Saltalamacchia

Jumbo Pack 1:
#10 Adam Jones Orioles
#26 Jered Weaver Angels
#45 Travis Ishikawa Brewers
#70 Todd Frazier Reds
#80 Ryan Zimmerman Nationals
#88 Jamey Carroll Twins
#89 Johan Santana Mets
#102 Denard Span Twins
#123 Rickie Weeks Brewers
#126 Dan Uggla Braves
#136 Tyler Clippard Nationals
#146 Kyle McClellan Cardinals
#149 Yovani Gallardo Brewers
#172 Nyjer Morgan Brewers
#176 Justin Maxwell Astros
#191 Chris Capuano Dodgers
#200 Scott Downs Angels
#217 Brain Matusz Orioles
#225 Will Venable Padres
#227 Jose Altuve Astros
#232 Jake Odorizzi Royals
#237 Brandon Lyon Blue Jays
#255 Tyler Colvin Rockies
#282 Russell Martin Yankees
#318 Hiroki Kuroda Yankees
Lovely retro Astros
 Blue-bordered parallel
#114 Casey McGehee Yankees
#129 Ike Davis Mets
#259 Bartolo Colon Athletics
Emerald parallel
#330 Ryan Raburn Tigers
#CC-13 Arnold Chapman Reds
#CD-8 Josh Reddick Athletics
#CH-7 Carlos Santana Indians
#CH-13 Don Mattingly Yankees
#CH-14 Lou Brock Cardinals
#TM-8 Dan Uggla Braves
Million Dollar Chase
No Sox- again!

Wednesday, 22 May 2013

1995 Topps Dimension III baseball packs

In line with the direction my collecting habits have taken of late, I purchased some packs of Topps Dimension III, of 'D3' as it became known.
I ignored some sensible advice, such as avoiding this product like a plague infested cat. However I wanted to see Topps's attempt at 3D/lenticular technology for myself .
Maybe it's a weak extraocular muscle or just my poor eyesight but these things look bloody awful... from any distance.
It begs the question. What were they thinking?
There are 59 base cards in the set and 6 Zone inserts. There are only two Red Sox in the set;
#9 Roger Clemens
#34 Mike Greenwell
I purchased 5 packs from e-bay for about $1.00 a pack (which is a little better than the original price of $5 a pack).

#3 Ruben Sierra Athletics
#12 Andy Benes Padres
#26 Paul O'Neill Yankees
#44 Doug Drabek Astros
#DIIIZ 1 Frank Thomas White Sox

Pack 2:
#10 Cal Eldred Brewers
#23 Mike Stanley Yankees
#32 Ivan Rodriguez Rangers
#34 Mike Greenwell Red Sox
#57 Orlando Merced Pirates
Pack 3:
#23 Mike Stanley Yankees
#32 Ian Rodriguez Rangers
#41 Tim Wallach Dodgers
#57 Orlando Merced Pirates
#DIIIZ 3 Jeff Bagwell Astros 

Pack 4:
# 7 Albert Belle Indians
#18 Scott Leius Twins
#20 Brian Anderson Angels
#37 Don Mattingly Yankees
#47 Bip Roberts Padres

Pack 5:
#10 Cal Eldred Brewers
#11 Dennis Eckersley Athletics
#14 Andres Galarraga Rockies
#22 Bobby Bonilla Mets
#32 Ivan Rodriguez Rangers 
These cards look better scanned than they do in the flesh, but the pictures still appear to be out of focus rather than three dimensional. Pinnacle's UC3 was apparently a much better product, which couldn't have been too difficult.
At least I pulled an Eck.