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....