Friday, 10 June 2011

2011 Topps and Topps Heritage

Ok, I am overwhelmed. When I first started this blog I was planning on sorting all my 70's and 80's cards and filling in some gaps and letting it be at that. Then I started buying some cards on eBay and then a few more and next thing you know I have piles of cards I haven't even looked at while my old cards are being neglected (not that they aren't already used to that). So while I am still turn my nose up at "relic cards", I think some of the insert sets are really tempting. Then I made the mistake of buying some of the Topps Heritage cards to see what all of the fuss was about. Boy, those are cool! The photography suffers a bit with the intentionally retro look, but the cards "feel" so thick and substantial. The backs of the cards are really interesting. And there are only 10 years of cards, so it is conceivable to collect them all, right? Not so fast... It turns out (which is news to no one but totally out of touch me) that a large minority of the cards are hard to find (intentionally short-printed) to drive the chase and thus sell more cards (obviously!) Then there are the "Chrome" sets, which are even harder to find without buying huge amounts of packs, or scouring eBay and emptying your wallet.

So is card collecting too complicated? Is it ruined? I don't think so. I think the last 10 years must have woken up the card companies company. The cards have vastly improved, the subsets are (mostly) great. And there is something to stimulate everyone, from the base sets all the way to the "master" sets and then even more with parallel sets, autographs, etc. I don't like the feeling of never being able to "finish" your set, but I think the variety more than makes up for it. I for one find card collecting a lot more fun with all the new options.

I also am greatly relieved to find Topps as the sole baseball card producer. I never really like Fleer/Donruss/Score etc. and resented Upper Deck for being "better" and making me feel that Topps was old-fashioned and stodgy. I don't miss that at all.

I am going to try to make lists of "wants" and "doubles" for trading, which I would love to see pick up again. Send me your lists! Look at mine and feel free to contact me...

Wednesday, 8 June 2011

These "New" Cards Are So Distracting!

Where has my collection gone? Nowhere, but that is not a bad thing.
There is a reason. Stay tuned...

Monday, 16 May 2011

I'm Back and Recharged.

Had a bit of a baseball card break there (yes, two years is still "a bit" considering that last time it was for more than a decade.)

Spur of the moment, bought a few packs of the 2011 Topps and my interest was rekindled. I really like the 2011 Topps - and the 60 Years of Topps Inserts. The "original back" versions will be the death of me - those are really awesome.

I just had the 2010 Topps set dropped off by the mailman. I hadn't even seen the cards since last year I was really out of baseball altogether. My first impression was "What happened??" I think the design is terrible. The colored "swoop" on the left of the cards makes the picture look as if someone had their thumb partially over the camera lens, just like a lot of my pictures. The foil print is very hard to read, and the backs of the cards are B-O-R-I-N-G.

I'm going to do a full review here as soon as I finish looking at all of the cards, but there is already a contender for worst card of the set... Stay tuned.

Back to a more positive note. Did I mention that I love the 2011 set? I like the diamond parallels, I like the Kimball Champions (though I am not sure why there is a checklist on the back of every single one - that was the best idea they had?). I don't know if my wallet will withstand my enthusiasm, but I just gotta finish this one and the Sixty Years of Topps with the original backs. (I already broke down and finished the Series One base set - thank you eBay!)

Well, that's all for now - if anyone is still around from 2 years ago, drop in and say "hi" and I'll try to reciprocate. That is all.

Monday, 7 March 2011

1960 Topps Checklist

1 Early Wynn
2 Roman Mejias
3 Joe Adcock
4 Bob Purkey
5 Wally Moon
6 Lou Berberet
7 Master & Mentor
8 Bud Daley
9 Faye Throneberry
10 Ernie Banks
11 Norm Siebern
12 Milt Pappas
13 Wally Post
14 Jim Grant
15 Pete Runnels
16 Ernie Broglio
17 Johnny Callison
18 Los Angeles Dodgers Team
19 Felix Mantilla
20 Roy Face
21 Dutch Dotterer
22 Rocky Bridges
23 Eddie Fisher
24 Dick Gray
25 Roy Sievers
26 Wayne Terwilliger
27 Dick Drott
28 Brooks Robinson
29 Clem Labine
30 Tito Francona
31 Sammy Esposito
32 Sophomore Stalwarts
33 Tom Morgan
34 Sparky Anderson
35 Whitey Ford
36 Russ Nixon
37 Bill Bruton
38 Jerry Casale
39 Earl Averill
40 Joe Cunningham
41 Barry Latman
42 Hobie Landrith
43 Washington Senators Team
44 Bobby Locke
45 Roy McMillan
46 Jerry Fisher
47 Don Zimmer
48 Hal Smith
49 Curt Raydon
50 Al Kaline
51 Jim Coates
52 Dave Philley
53 Jackie Brandt
54 Mike Fornieles
55 Bill Mazeroski
56 Steve Korcheck
57 Win Savers
58 Gino Cimoli
59 Juan Pizarro
60 Gus Triandos
61 Eddie Kasko
62 Roger Craig
63 George Strickland
64 Jack Meyer
65 Elston Howard
66 Bob Trowbridge
67 Jose Pagan
68 Dave Hillman
69 Billy Goodman
70 Lew Burdette
71 Marty Keough
72 Detroit Tigers Team
73 Bob Gibson
74 Walt Moryn
75 Vic Power
76 Bill Fischer
77 Hank Foiles
78 Bob Grim
79 Walt Dropo
80 Johnny Antonelli
81 Russ Snyder
82 Ruben Gomez
83 Tony Kubek
84 Hal R. Smith
85 Frank Lary
86 Dick Gernert
87 John Romonosky
88 John Roseboro
89 Hal Brown
90 Bobby Avila
91 Bennie Daniels
92 Whitey Herzog
93 Art Schult
94 Leo Kiely
95 Frank Thomas
96 Ralph Terry
97 Ted Lepcio
98 Gordon Jones
99 Lenny Green
100 Nellie Fox
101 Bob Miller
102 Kent Hadley
103 Dick Farrell
104 Dick Schofield
105 Larry Sherry
106 Billy Gardner
107 Carlton Willey
108 Pete Daley
109 Clete Boyer
110 Cal McLish
111 Vic Wertz
112 Jack Harshman
113 Bob Skinner
114 Ken Aspromonte
115 Fork & Knuckler
116 Jim Rivera
117 Tom Borland
118 Bob Bruce
119 Chico Cardenas
120 Duke Carmel
121 Camilo Carreon
122 Don Dillard
123 Dan Dobbek
124 Jim Donohue
125 Dick Ellsworth
126 Chuck Estrada
127 Ron Hansen
128 Bill Harris
129 Bob Hartman
130 Frank Herrera
131 Ed Hobaugh
132 Frank Howard
133 Julian Javier
134 Deron Johnson
135 Ken Johnson
136 Jim Kaat
137 Lou Klimchock
138 Art Mahaffey
139 Carl Mathias
140 Julio Navarro
141 Jim Proctor
142 Bill Short
143 Al Spangler
144 Al Stieglitz
145 Jim Umbricht
146 Ted Wieand
147 Bob Will
148 Carl Yastrzemski
149 Bob Nieman
150 Billy Pierce
151 San Francisco Giants Team
152 Gail Harris
153 Bobby Thomson
154 Jim Davenport
155 Charlie Neal
156 Art Ceccarelli
157 Rocky Nelson
158 Wes Covington
159 Jim Piersall
160 Rival All-Stars
161 Ray Narleski
162 Sammy Taylor
163 Hector Lopez
164 Cincinnati Reds Team
165 Jack Sanford
166 Chuck Essegian
167 Valmy Thomas
168 Alex Grammas
169 Jake Striker
170 Del Crandall
171 Johnny Groth
172 Willie Kirkland
173 Billy Martin
174 Cleveland Indians Team
175 Pedro Ramos
176 Vada Pinson
177 Johnny Kucks
178 Woody Held
179 Rip Coleman
180 Harry Simpson
181 Billy Loes
182 Glen Hobbie
183 Eli Grba
184 Gary Geiger
185 Jim Owens
186 Dave Sisler
187 Jay Hook
188 Dick Williams
189 Don McMahon
190 Gene Woodling
191 Johnny Klippstein
192 Danny O'Connell
193 Dick Hyde
194 Bobby Gene Smith
195 Lindy McDaniel
196 Andy Carey
197 Ron Kline
198 Jerry Lynch
199 Dick Donovan
200 Willie Mays
201 Larry Osborne
202 Fred Kipp
203 Sammy White
204 Ryne Duren
205 Johnny Logan
206 Claude Osteen
207 Bob Boyd
208 Chicago White Sox Team
209 Ron Blackburn
210 Harmon Killebrew
211 Taylor Phillips
212 Walter Alston MG
213 Chuck Dressen MG
214 Jimmy Dykes MG
215 Bob Elliott MG
216 Joe Gordon MG
217 Charlie Grimm MG
218 Solly Hemus MG
219 Fred Hutchinson MG
220 Billy Jurges MG
221 Cookie Lavagetto MG
222 Al Lopez MG
223 Danny Murtaugh MG
224 Paul Richards MG
225 Bill Rigney MG
226 Eddie Sawyer MG
227 Casey Stengel MG
228 Ernie Johnson
229 Joe Morgan
230 Mound Magicians
231 Hal Naragon
232 Jim Busby
233 Don Elston
234 Don Demeter
235 Gus Bell
236 Dick Ricketts
237 Elmer Valo
238 Danny Kravitz
239 Joe Shipley
240 Luis Aparicio
241 Albie Pearson
242 St. Louis Cardinals Team
243 Bubba Phillips
244 Hal Griggs
245 Eddie Yost
246 Lee Maye
247 Gil McDougald
248 Del Rice
249 Earl Wilson
250 Stan Musial
251 Bob Malkmus
252 Ray Herbert
253 Eddie Bressoud
254 Arnie Portocarrero
255 Jim Gilliam
256 Dick Brown
257 Gordy Coleman
258 Dick Groat
259 George Altman
260 Power Plus
261 Pete Burnside
262 Hank Bauer
263 Darrell Johnson
264 Robin Roberts
265 Rip Repulski
266 Joey Jay
267 Jim Marshall
268 Al Worthington
269 Gene Green
270 Bob Turley
271 Julio Becquer
272 Fred Green
273 Neil Chrisley
274 Tom Acker
275 Curt Flood
276 Ken McBride
277 Harry Bright
278 Stan Williams
279 Chuck Tanner
280 Frank Sullivan
281 Ray Boone
282 Joe Nuxhall
283 Johnny Blanchard
284 Don Gross
285 Harry Anderson
286 Ray Semproch
287 Felipe Alou
288 Bob Mabe
289 Willie Jones
290 Jerry Lumpe
291 Bob Keegan
292 Dodger Backstops
293 Gene Conley
294 Tony Taylor
295 Gil Hodges
296 Nelson Chittum
297 Reno Bertoia
298 George Witt
299 Earl Torgeson
300 Hank Aaron
301 Jerry Davie
302 Philadelphia Phillies Team
303 Billy O'Dell
304 Joe Ginsberg
305 Richie Ashburn
306 Frank Baumann
307 Gene Oliver
308 Dick Hall
309 Bob Hale
310 Frank Malzone
311 Raul Sanchez
312 Charley Lau
313 Turk Lown
314 Chico Fernandez
315 Bobby Shantz
316 Willie McCovey
317 Pumpsie Green
318 Jim Baxes
319 Joe Koppe
320 Bob Allison
321 Ron Fairly
322 Willie Tasby
323 John Romano
324 Jim Perry
325 Jim O'Toole
326 Roberto Clemente
327 Ray Sadecki
328 Earl Battey
329 Zack Monroe
330 Harvey Kuenn
331 Henry Mason
332 New York Yankees Team
333 Danny McDevitt
334 Ted Abernathy
335 Red Schoendienst
336 Ike Delock
337 Cal Neeman
338 Ray Monzant
339 Harry Chiti
340 Harvey Haddix
341 Carroll Hardy
342 Casey Wise
343 Sandy Koufax
344 Clint Courtney
345 Don Newcombe
346 J.C. Martin
347 Ed Bouchee
348 Barry Shetrone
349 Moe Drabowsky
350 Mickey Mantle
351 Don Nottebart
352 Cincy Clouters
353 Don Larsen
354 Bob Lillis
355 Bill White
356 Joe Amalfitano
357 Al Schroll
358 Joe DeMaestri
359 Buddy Gilbert
360 Herb Score
361 Bob Oldis
362 Russ Kemmerer
363 Gene Stephens
364 Paul Foytack
365 Minnie Minoso
366 Dallas Green
367 Bill Tuttle
368 Daryl Spencer
369 Billy Hoeft
370 Bill Skowron
371 Bud Byerly
372 Frank House
373 Don Hoak
374 Bob Buhl
375 Dale Long
376 John Briggs
377 Roger Maris
378 Stu Miller
379 Red Wilson
380 Bob Shaw
381 Milwaukee Braves Team
382 Ted Bowsfield
383 Leon Wagner
384 Don Cardwell
385 WS Game 1: Neal Steals Second
386 WS Game 2: Neal Belts 2nd Homer
387 WS Game 3: Furillo Breaks Up Game
388 WS Game 4: Hodges' Winning Homer
389 WS Game 5: Luis Swipes Base
390 WS Game 6: Scrambling After Ball
391 World Series: The Champs Celebrate
392 Tex Clevenger
393 Smoky Burgess
394 Norm Larker
395 Hoyt Wilhelm
396 Steve Bilko
397 Don Blasingame
398 Mike Cuellar
399 Young Hill Stars
400 Rocky Colavito
401 Bob Duliba
402 Dick Stuart
403 Ed Sadowski
404 Bob Rush
405 Bobby Richardson
406 Billy Klaus
407 Gary Peters
408 Carl Furillo
409 Ron Samford
410 Sam Jones
411 Ed Bailey
412 Bob Anderson
413 Kansas City Athletics Team
414 Don Williams
415 Bob Cerv
416 Humberto Robinson
417 Chuck Cottier
418 Don Mossi
419 George Crowe
420 Eddie Mathews
421 Duke Maas
422 John Powers
423 Ed Fitzgerald
424 Pete Whisenant
425 Johnny Podres
426 Ron Jackson
427 Al Grunwald
428 Al Smith
429 American League Kings
430 Art Ditmar
431 Andre Rodgers
432 Chuck Stobbs
433 Irv Noren
434 Brooks Lawrence
435 Gene Freese
436 Marv Throneberry
437 Bob Friend
438 Jim Coker
439 Tom Brewer
440 Jim Lemon
441 Gary Bell
442 Joe Pignatano
443 Charlie Maxwell
444 Jerry Kindall
445 Warren Spahn
446 Ellis Burton
447 Ray Moore
448 Jim Gentile
449 Jim Brosnan
450 Orlando Cepeda
451 Curt Simmons
452 Ray Webster
453 Vern Law
454 Hal Woodeshick
455 Baltimore Orioles Coaches
456 Boston Red Sox Coaches
457 Chicago Cubs Coaches
458 Chicago White Sox Coaches
459 Cincinnati Reds Coaches
460 Cleveland Indians Coaches
461 Detroit Tigers Coaches
462 Kansas City A's Coaches
463 Los Angeles Dodgers Coaches
464 Milwaukee Braves Coaches
465 New York Yankees Coaches
466 Philadelphia Phillies Coaches
467 Pittburgh Pirates Coaches
468 St. Louis Cardinals Coaches
469 San Francisco Giants Coaches
470 Washinton Senators Coaches
471 Ned Garver
472 Alvin Dark
473 Al Cicotte
474 Haywood Sullivan
475 Don Drysdale
476 Lou Johnson
477 Don Ferrarese
478 Frank Torre
479 Georges Maranda
480 Yogi Berra
481 Wes Stock
482 Frank Bolling
483 Camilo Pascual
484 Pittsburgh Pirates Team
485 Ken Boyer
486 Bobby Del Greco
487 Tom Sturdivant
488 Norm Cash
489 Steve Ridzik
490 Frank Robinson
491 Mel Roach
492 Larry Jackson
493 Duke Snider
494 Baltimore Orioles Team
495 Sherm Lollar
496 Bill Virdon
497 John Tsitouris
498 Al Pilarcik
499 Johnny James
500 Johnny Temple
501 Bob Schmidt
502 Jim Bunning
503 Don Lee
504 Seth Morehead
505 Ted Kluszewski
506 Lee Walls
507 Dick Stigman
508 Billy Consolo
509 Tommy Davis
510 Gerry Staley
511 Ken Walters
512 Joe Gibbon
513 Chicago Cubs Team
514 Steve Barber
515 Stan Lopata
516 Marty Kutyna
517 Charlie James
518 Tony Gonzalez
519 Ed Roebuck
520 Don Buddin
521 Mike Lee
522 Ken Hunt
523 Clay Dalrymple
524 Bill Henry
525 Marv Breeding
526 Paul Giel
527 Jose Valdivielso
528 Ben Johnson
529 Norm Sherry
530 Mike McCormick
531 Sandy Amoros
532 Mike Garcia
533 Lu Clinton
534 Ken MacKenzie
535 Whitey Lockman
536 Wynn Hawkins
537 Boston Red Sox Team
538 Frank Barnes
539 Gene Baker
540 Jerry Walker
541 Tony Curry
542 Ken Hamlin
543 Elio Chacon
544 Bill Monbouquette
545 Carl Sawatski
546 Hank Aguirre
547 Bob Aspromonte
548 Don Mincher
549 John Buzhardt
550 Jim Landis
551 Ed Rakow
552 Walt Bond
553 Bill Skowron AS
554 Willie McCovey AS
555 Nellie Fox AS
556 Charlie Neal AS
557 Frank Malzone AS
558 Eddie Mathews AS
559 Luis Aparicio AS
560 Ernie Banks AS
561 Al Kaline AS
562 Joe Cunningham AS
563 Mickey Mantle AS
564 Willie Mays AS
565 Roger Maris AS
566 Hank Aaron AS
567 Sherm Lollar AS
568 Del Crandall AS
569 Camilo Pascual AS
570 Don Drysdale AS
571 Billy Pierce AS
572 Johnny Antonelli AS

Monday, 28 February 2011

2011 Topps Checklist

Series One is complete...

Series 2 added 5/13/11 but has TBD in many spots - will fill in as I find more specifics.

Also, 60 Years of Topps checklist added at the bottom.

1 Ryan Braun
2 Jake Westbrook
3 Jon Lester
4 Jason Kubel
5 Joey Votto
6 Neftali Feliz
7 Mickey Mantle
8 Julio Borbon
9 Gil Meche
10 Stephen Strasburg
11 R.Halladay/A.Wainwright/U.Jimenez LL
12 Carlos Marmol
13 Billy Wagner
14 Randy Wolf
15 David Wright
16 Aramis Ramirez
17 Mark Ellis
18 Kevin Millwood
19 Derek Lowe
20 Hanley Ramirez
21 Michael Cuddyer
22 Barry Zito
23 Jaime Garcia
24 Neil Walker R Cup
25 Carl Crawford
26 Netfali Feliz ROY
27 Ben Zobrist
28 Carlos Carrasco
29 Josh Hamilton MVP
30 Gio Gonzalez
31 Erick Aybar
32 Chris Johnson
33 Max Scherzer
34 Rick Ankiel
35 Shin-Soo Choo
36 Ted Lilly
37 Vincente Padilla
38 Ryan Dempster
39 Ian Kennedy
40 Justin Upton
41 Freddy Garcia
42 Mariano Rivera
43 Felipe Lopez
44 Martin Prado
45 Hunter Pence
46 Hong-Chih Kuo
47 Kevin Correia
48 Andrew Cashner
49 Los Angeles Angels TC
50 Alex Rodriguez
51 David Eckstein
52 Tampa Bay Rays TC
53 Arizona Diamondbacks TC
54 Brian Fuentes
55 Matt Joyce
56 Johan Santana
57 Mark Trumbo RC
58 Edgar Renteria
59 Gaby Sanchez R Cup
60 Andrew McCutchen
61 David Price
62 Jonathan Papelbon
63 Edinson Volquez
64 Yorvit Torrealba
65 Chris Sale RC
66 R.A. Dickey
67 Vladimir Guererro
68 Cleveland Indians TC
69 Brett Gardner
70 Kyle Drabek RC
71 Trevor Hoffman RB
72 Jair Jurrjens
73 James McDonald
74 Tyler Clippard
75 Jered Weaver
76 Tom Gorzelanny
77 Tim Hudson
78 Mike Stanton
79 Kurt Suzuki
80 Desmond Jennings RC
81 Omar Infante
82 J.Johnson/A.Wainwright/R.Halladay LL
83 Greg Halman RC
84 Roger Bernadina
85 Jack Wilson
86 Carlos Silva
87 Daniel Descalso RC
88 Brian Bogusevic RC
89 Placido Polanco
90 Yadier Molina
91 Lucas May RC
92 Chris Narveson
93 Paul Konerko
94 Ryan Raburn
95 Pedro Alvarez
96 Zach Duke
97 Carlos Gomez
98 Bronson Arroyo
99 Ben Revere RC
100 Albert Pujols
101 Gregor Blanco
102 CC Sabathia
103 Cliff Lee
104 Ian Stewart
105 Jonathan Lucroy
106 Felix Pie
107 Aubrey Huff
108 Zack Greinke
109 J.Hamilton/M.Cabrera/J.Mauer LL
110 Aroldis Chapman RC
111 Kevin Gregg
112 Jorge Cantu
113 Arthur Rhodes
114 Russell Martin
115 Jason Varitek
116 Russell Branyan
117 Brett Sinkbeil RC
118 Howie Kendrick
119 Jason Bay
120 Mat Latos
121 Brandon Inge
122 Bobby Jenks
123 Mike Lowell
124 Sabathia/Lester​/Price LL
125 Evan Meek
126 San Diego Padres
127 Chris Volstad
128 Manny Ramirez
129 Lucas Duda RC
130 Robinson Cano
131 Kevin Kouzmanoff
132 Brian Duensing
133 Miguel Tejada
134 C.Gonzalez/J.Votto/O.Infante LL
135 Mike Stanton R Cup
136 Jason Marquis
137 Xavier Nady
138 A.Pujols/C.Gonzalez/J.Votto LL
139 Eric Young Jr.
140 Brett Anderson
141 Ubaldo Jimenez RB CL
142 Johnny Cueto
143 Jeremy Jeffress RC
144 Lance Berkman
145 Freddie Freeman RC
146 Roy Halladay CY
147 Jon Niese
148 Ricky Romero
149 David Aardsma
150 Miguel Cabrera
151 Fausto Carmona
152 Baltimore Orioles TC
153 A.J. Pierzynski
154 Marlon Byrd
155 Alex Rodriguez RB CL
156 Josh Thole
157 New York Mets TC
158 Casey Blake
159 Chris Perez
160 Josh Tomlin
161 Chicago White Sox TC
162 Ronny Cedeno
163 Carlos Pena
164 Koji Uehara
165 Jeremy Hellickson RC
166 Josh Johnson
167 Clay Hensley
168 Felix Hernandez CY
169 Chipper Jones
170 David DeJesus
171 Garrett Jones
172 Lyle Overbay
173 Jose Lopez
174 Roy Oswalt
175 Brennan Boesch
176 Daniel Hudson
177 Brian Matusz
178 Heath Bell
179 Armando Galarraga
180 Paul Maholm
181 Magglio Ordonez
182 Jeremy Bonderman
183 Stephen Strasburg R Cup
184 Brandon Morrow
185 Peter Bourjos
186 Carl Pavano
187 Milwaukee Brewers TC
188 Pablo Sandoval
189 Kerry Wood
190 Coco Crisp
191 Jay Bruce
192 Cincinnati Reds TC
193 Cory Luebke RC
194 Andres Torres
195 Nick Markakis
196 Jose Ceda RC
197 Aaron Hill
198 Buster Posey R Cup
199 Jimmy Rollins
200 Ichiro
201 Mike Napoli
202 Bautista/Konerko/Cabrera LL
203 Dillon Gee RC
204 Oakland Athletics
205 Ty Wigginton
206 Chase Headley
207 Angel Pagan
208 Clay Buchholz
209 Carlos Santana
210 Brian Wilson
211 Joey Votto MVP
212 Pedro Feliz
213 Brandon Snyder RC
214 Chase Utley
215 Edwin Encarnacion
216 Jose Bautista
217 Yunel Escobar
218 Victor Martinez
219 Carlos Ruiz
220 Todd Helton
221 Scott Hairston
222 Matt Lindstrom
223 Gregory Infante RC
224 Milton Bradley
225 Josh Willingham
226 Jose Guillen
227 Nate McLouth
228 Scott Rolen
229 Jonathan Sanchez
230 Aaron Cook
231 Mark Buerhle
232 Jamie Moyer
233 Ramon Hernandez
234 Miguel Montero
235 F.Hernandez/C.Buchholz/D.Price LL
236 Nelson Cruz
237 Jason Vargas
238 Pedro Ciriaco RC
239 Jhoulys Chacin
240 Andre Ethier
241 Wandy Rodriguez
242 Brad Lidge
243 Omar Vizquel
244 Mike Aviles
245 Neil Walker
246 John Lannan
247 Starlin Castro
248 Wade LeBlanc
249 Aaron Harang
250 Carlos Gonzalez
251 Alcides Escobar
252 Michael Saunders
253 Jim Thome
254 Lars Anderson RC
255 Torii Hunter
256 Tyler Colvin
257 Travis Hafner
258 Rafael Soriano
259 Kyle Davies
260 Freddy Sanchez
261 Alexei Ramirez
262 Alex Gordon
263 Joel Pineiro
264 Ryan Perry
265 John Danks
266 Rickie Weeks
267 Jose Contreras
268 Jake McGee RC
269 Stephen Drew
270 Ubaldo Jimenez
271 Adam Dunn
272 J.J. Hardy
273 Derrek Lee
274 Michael Brantley
275 Clayton Kershaw
276 Miguel Olivo
277 Trevor Hoffman
278 Marco Scutaro
279 Nick Swisher
280 Andrew Bailey
281 Kevin Slowey
282 Buster Posey ROY
283 Colorado Rockies TC
284 Reid Brignac
285 Hank Conger RC
286 Melvin Mora
287 Scott Cousins RC
288 Matt Capps
289 Yuniesky Betancourt
290 Ike Davis
291 Juan Gutierrez
292 Darren Ford RC
293 Justin Morneau
294 Luke Scott
295 Jon Jay
296 John Buck
297 Jason Jaramillo
298 Jeff Keppinger
299 Chris Carpenter
300 Roy Halladay
301 Seth Smith
302 Adrian Beltre
303 Emilio Bonifacio
304 Jim Thome RB
305 James Loney
306 Cabrera/Rodriguez/Bautista LL
307 Alex Rios
308 Ian Desmond
309 Chicago Cubs TC
310 Alex Gonzalez
311 James Shields
312 Gaby Sanchez
313 Chris Coghlan
314 Ryan Kalish
315 David Ortiz
316 Chris Young
317 Yonder Alonso RC, UER
318 A.Pujols/A.Dunn/J.Votto LL
319 Atlanta Braves TC
320 Michael Young
321 Jeremy Guthrie
322 Brent Morel RC
323 C.J. Wilson
324 Boston Red Sox TC
325 Jayson Werth
326 Ozzie Martinez RC
327 Christian Guzman
328 David Price RB
329 Brett Wallace
330 Derek Jeter

331 Carlos Guillen
332 TBD
333 TBD
334 Team Card
335 Buster Posey
336 Brandon Phillips
337 Jordan Walden
338 Jason Hammel
339 TBD
340 Kyle Lohse
341 Kyle Kendrick
342 Jorge De La Rosa
343 TBD
344 TBD
345 TBD
346 Jason Heyward
347 TBD
348 Landon Powell
349 Drew Stubbs
350 Francisco Liriano
351 Jacoby Ellsbury
352 Colby Lewis
353 Cliff Pennington
354 Phil Hughes
355 Skip Schumaker
356 Alfonso Soriano
357 TBD
358 TBD
359 TBD
360 Ivan Rodriguez
361 TBD
362 Shane Victorino
363 Aaron Rowand
364 TBD
365 Adam Lind
366 Logan Morrison
367 Hiroki Kuroda
368 TBD
369 Wilson Betemit
370 Matt Garza
371 Taylor Teagarden
372 Jarrod Saltalamacchia
373 TBD
374 Team Card
375 Matt Kemp
376 Clayton Richard
377 Esmil Rodgers
378 Mark Reynolds
379 Yovani Gallardo
380 A.J. Burnett
381 Dan Uggla
382 Travis Snider
383 Ryan Ludwick
384 Nick Hundley
385 TBD
386 Evan Longoria
387 Danny Valencia
388 Kenley Jansen
389 Carlos Quentin
390 Danny Valencia
391 Phil Coke
392 Tommy Hanson
393 Jake Arrieta
394 Austin Jackson
395 Tyler Flowers
396 Adam Jones
397 Sean Rodriguez
398 Team Card
399 Billy Butler
400 Joe Nathan
401 TBD
402 Jack Cust
403 TBD
404 TBD
405 Ian Kinsler
406 John Lackey
407 Jonathan Broxton
408 Denard Span
409 Vin Mazzaro
410 Ben Francisco
411 Josh Bell
412 TBD
413 Derek Holland
414 Jose Molina
415 Bobby Abreu
416 Everth Cabrera
417 TBD
418 TBD
419 Kelly Johnson
420 Team Card
421 Domonic Brown
422 Juan Pierre
423 Hideki Okajima
424 Team Card
425 Adrian Gonzalez
426 Travis Buck
427 TBD
428 Brett Myers
429 Jose Reyes
430 Trevor Crowe
431 TBD
432 Matt Harrison
433 Curtis Granderson
434 Mark DeRosa
435 Elvis Andrus
436 Trevor Cahill
437 Vernon Wells
438 Ryan Theriot
439 Ervin Santana
440 Chris Heisey
441 Rafael Furcal
442 Brad Bergesen
443 Brian Roberts
444 Brett Cecil
445 Mitch Talbot
446 Brandon Beachy
447 Team Card
448 Colby Rasmus
449 TBD
450 TBD
451 Livan Hernandez
452 David Freese
453 Joe Saunders
454 Alberto Callaspo
455 TBD
456 Ryan Doumit
457 Brandon Allen
458 Juan Gutierrez
459 Franklin Francisco
460 Jose Lopez
461 TBD
462 Daric Barton
463 Will Venable
464 Daniel Bard
465 TBD
466 Alfredo Simon
467 Wade Davis
468 Chone Figgins
469 Joe Blanton
470 Scott Baker
471 TBD
472 Jason Kendall
473 Matt Holliday
474 Jeff Mathis
475 Team Card
476 Matt Laporta
477 Franklin Gutierrez
478 Mike Minor
479 Ryan Howard
480 Carlos Zambrano
481 Randy Wells
482 TBD
483 Justin Smoak
484 Gerardo Parra
485 Delmon Young
486 Francisco Rodriguez
487 Chris Snyder
488 TBD
489 Mark Rzepczynski
490 TBD
491 TBD
492 Chad Billingsley
493 Ryan Sweeney
494 Drew Storen
495 Doug Fister
496 Gavin Floyd
497 Alex Avila
498 Scott Feldman
499 J.A. Happ
500 Kosuke Fukudome
501 TBD
502 TBD
503 TBD
504 Jhonny Peralta
505 Kris Medlan
506 TBD
507 Huston Street
508 Homer Bailey
509 Michael Bourn
510 Dan Haren
511 Team Card
512 John Maine
513 Adam LaRoche
514 Kelly Shoppach
515 Carlos Beltran
516 Mike Leake
517 Fred Lewis
518 Michael Morse
519 Corey Hart
520 TBD
521 TBD
522 Asdrubal Cabrera
523 TBD
524 TBD
525 TBD
526 Jason Donald
527 Kila Ka'aihue
528 Brian McCann
529 TBD
530 TBD
531 Juan Rivera
532 Joe Mauer
533 Lorenzo Cain
534 Bud Norris
535 Luis Castillo
536 Casey Kotchman
537 Grady Sizemore
538 Jason Motte
539 Brandon Lyon
540 Joakim Soria
541 John Jaso
542 Mike Pelfrey
543 Team Card
544 Justin Masterson
545 Travis Ishikawa
546 Pat Burrell
547 TBD
548 Austin Jackson
549 TBD
550 Adam Moore
551 TBD
552 Starlin Castro
553 Troy Tulowitzki
554 TBD
555 Rajai Davis
556 B.J. Upton
557 TBD
558 Dustin Pedroia
559 Jorge Posada
560 Chris Iannetta
561 Luke Gregerson
562 Gordon Beckham
563 TBD
564 Jeff Samardzija
565 Team Card
566 TBD
567 Dallas Braden
568 TBD
569 Prince Fielder
570 TBD
571 Jeremy Affeldt
572 TBD
573 Nyjer Morgan
574 Josh Hamilton
575 Ryan Franklin
576 Jed Lowrie
577 Mike Fontenot
578 Willy Aybar
579 Jeff Niemann
580 TBD
581 Fernando Rodney
582 Kevin Youkilis
583 Ryan Spilborghs
584 Jason Bartlett
585 TBD
586 Carlos Lee
587 J.P. Arencibia
588 Felix Hernandez
589 TBD
590 Tim Lincecum
591 John Axford
592 Dayan Viciedo
593 Francisco Cordero
594 Jose Valverde
595 Lastings Milledge
596 Anibal Sanchez
597 Rick Porcello
598 Johnny Gomes
599 Justin Verlander
600 Neftali Feliz
601 TBD
602 TBD
603 David Murphy
604 Cole Hamels
605 Mitch Moreland
606 TBD
607 TBD
608 Casey McGehee
609 Juan Francisco
610 Edwin Jackson
611 Geovany Soto
612 Madison Bumgarner
613 Dexter Fowler
614 Mark Teixeira
615 Shaun Marcum
616 Ross Ohlendorf
617 TBD
618 TBD
619 Jonny Venters
620 Luke Hochevar
621 Omar Beltre
622 Matt Thornton
623 Leo Nunez
624 Luke French
625 Ruben Tejada
626 Jason Heyward
627 Kyle Blanks
628 Blake DeWitt
629 Ivan Nova
630 Jake Peavy
631 Matt Cain
632 Scott Kazmir
633 TBD
634 Jose Tabata
635 Team Card
636 Chris Tillman
637 Ricky Nolasco
638 Ryan Madson
639 TBD
640 Mike Gonzalez
641 Travis Wood
642 TBD
643 Jaime Garcia
644 Joel Hanrahan
645 Adam Wainwright
646 Team Card
647 Jeanmar Gomez
648 Cody Ross
649 Joba Chamberlain
650 TBD
651 Kendry Morales
652 Josh Beckett
653 JD Drew
654 TBD
655 TBD
656 Raul Ibanez
657 Nick Blackburn
658 Mitch Maier
659 Clint Barmes
660 Ryan Zimmerman

60YOT-01 Jackie Robinson
60YOT-02 Roy Campanella
60YOT-03 Monte Irvin
60YOT-04 Ernie Banks
60YOT-05 Phil Rizzuto
60YOT-06 Mickey Mantle
60YOT-07 Pee Wee Reese
60YOT-08 Roger Maris
60YOT-09 Stan Musial
60YOT-10 Juan Marichal
60YOT-11 Gaylord Perry
60YOT-12 Frank Robinson
60YOT-13 Bob Gibson
60YOT-14 Lou Brock
60YOT-15 Al Kaline
60YOT-16 Tony Perez
60YOT-17 Frank/Brooks Robinson
60YOT-18 Tom Seaver
60YOT-19 Reggie Jackson
60YOT-20 Nolan Ryan
60YOT-21 Rod Carew
60YOT-22 Carlton Fisk
60YOT-23 Mike Schmidt
60YOT-24 Carl Yastrzemski
60YOT-25 Robin Yount
60YOT-26 Bruce Sutter
60YOT-27 Niekro/Ryan
60YOT-28 Eddie Murray
60YOT-29 Paul Molitor
60YOT-30 Andre Dawson
60YOT-31 Jim Palmer
60YOT-32 Ozzie Smith
60YOT-33 Tony Gwynn
60YOT-34 Steve Garvey
60YOT-35 Dave Winfield
60YOT-36 Dennis Eckersley
60YOT-37 Greg Maddux
60YOT-38 Bo Jackson
60YOT-39 Bernie Williams
60YOT-40 Roberto Alomar
60YOT-41 Frank Thomas
60YOT-42 Jim Edmonds
60YOT-43 Mike Piazza
60YOT-44 Barry Larkin
60YOT-45 Mickey Mantle
60YOT-46 Mariano Rivera
60YOT-47 Bob Abreu
60YOT-48 Piazza/Rodriguez/Kendall
60YOT-49 Alex Rodriguez
60YOT-50 Manny Ramirez
60YOT-51 Vladimir Guerrero
60YOT-52 Cliff Lee
60YOT-53 Mark Teixeira
60YOT-54 Justin Verlander
60YOT-55 Ryan Howard
60YOT-56 Troy Tulowitzki
60YOT-57 Johnny Cueto
60YOT-58 Joe Mauer
60YOT-59 Albert Pujols
60YOT-60 Yogi Berra
60YOT-61 Warren Spahn
60YOT-62 Jackie Robinson
60YOT-63 Ed Mathews
60YOT-64 Mickey Mantle
60YOT-65 Brooks Robinson
60YOT-66 Luis Aparicio
60YOT-67 Richie Ashburn
60YOT-68 Harmon Killebrew
60YOT-69 Stan Musial
60YOT-70 Orlando Cepeda
60YOT-71 Duke Snider
60YOT-72 Carl Yastrzemski
60YOT-73 Frank Robinson
60YOT-74 Roger Maris
60YOT-75 Steve Carlton
60YOT-76 Ernie Banks
60YOT-77 Johnny Bench
60YOT-78 Tom Seaver
60YOT-79 Gaylord Perry
60YOT-80 Nolan Ryan
60YOT-81 Rich Gossage
60YOT-82 Dave Parker
60YOT-83 Reggie Jackson
60YOT-84 Dave Winfield
60YOT-85 Don Sutton
60YOT-86 Gary Carter
60YOT-87 Eddie Murray
60YOT-88 Ron Guidry
60YOT-89 Jim Palmer
60YOT-90 Steve Garvey
60YOT-91 Cal Ripken Jr.
60YOT-92 Rickey Henderson
60YOT-93 Andre Dawson
60YOT-94 Don Mattingly
60YOT-95 Ozzie Smith
60YOT-96 Dale Murphy
60YOT-97 Paul Molitor
60YOT-98 Curt Schilling
60YOT-99 Larry Walker
60YOT-100 Wade Boggs
60YOT-101 Craig Biggio
60YOT-102 Manny Ramirez
60YOT-103 Frank Thomas
60YOT-104 Derek Jeter
60YOT-105 Tony Gwynn
60YOT-106 Mariano Rivera
60YOT-107 Roy Halladay
60YOT-108 Chris Carpenter
60YOT-109 David Ortiz
60YOT-110 Josh Beckett
60YOT-111 Albert Pujols
60YOT-112 A-Rod/Jeter
60YOT-113 Billy Butler
60YOT-114 Hanley Ramirez
60YOT-115 Josh Hamilton
60YOT-116 Ryan Braun
60YOT-117 Longoria/Price
60YOT-118 Buster Posey

Wednesday, 23 February 2011

2010 Topps Checklist

Updated March 2001 - added the Update Set (1-330)

1 Prince Fielder
2 Buster Posey
3 Derrek Lee
4 H. Ramirez/Sandoval/Pujols
5 Texas Rangers®
6 Chicago White Sox®
7 Mickey Mantle
8 J. Mauer/Ichiro/Jeter
9 Tim Lincecum (NL CY)
10 Clayton Kershaw
11 Orlando Cabrera
12 Doug Davis
13 Melvin Mora
14 Ted Lilly
15 Bobby Abreu
16 Johnny Cueto
17 Dexter Fowler
18 Tim Stauffer
19 Felipe Lopez
20 Tommy Hanson
21 Cristian Guzman
22 Anthony Swarzak
23 Shane Victorino
24 John Maine
25 Adam Jones
26 Zach Duke
27 Berkman/Mike Hampton
28 Jonathan Sanchez
29 Aubrey Huff
30 Victor Martinez
31 Jason Grilli
32 Cincinnati Reds®
33 Adam Moore
34 Michael Dunn
35 Rick Porcello
36 Tobi Stoner
37 Garret Anderson
38 Houston Astros®
39 Jeff Baker
40 Josh Johnson
41 Los Angeles Dodgers®
42 P. Fielder/R. Howard/Pujols
43 Marco Scutaro
44 Howie Kendrick
45 David Hernandez
46 Chad Tracy
47 Brad Penny
48 Joey Votto
49 Jorge De La Rosa
50 Zack Greinke
51 Eric Young Jr
52 Billy Butler
53 Craig Counsell
54 John Lackey
55 Manny Ramirez
56 Andy Pettitte
57 CC Sabathia
58 Kyle Blanks
59 Kevin Gregg
60 David Wright
61 Skip Schumaker
62 Kevin Millwood
63 Josh Bard
64 Drew Stubbs
65 Nick Swisher
66 Kyle Phillips
67 Matt LaPorta
68 Brandon Inge
69 Kansas City Royals®
70 Cole Hamels
71 Mike Hampton
72 Milwaukee Brewers®
73 Wainwright/Carpenter/De La Rosa
74 Casey Blake
75 Adrian Gonzalez
76 Joe Saunders
77 Kenshin Kawakami
78 Cesar Izturis
79 Francisco Cordero
80 Tim Lincecum
81 Ryan Theroit
82 Jason Marquis
83 Mark Teahen
84 Nate Robertson
85 Ken Griffey Jr.
86 Gil Meche
87 Darin Erstad
88 Jerry Hairston Jr.
89 J.A. Happ
90 Ian Kinsler
91 Erik Bedard
92 David Eckstein
93 Joe Nathan
94 Ivan Rodriguez
95 Carl Crawford
96 Jon Garland
97 Luis Durango
98 Cesar Ramos
99 Garrett Jones
100 Albert Pujols
101 Scott Baker
102 Minnesota Twins®
103 Daniel Murphy
104 New York Mets®
105 Madison Bumgarner
106 Carpenter/Lincecum/Jurrjens
107 Scott Hairston
108 Erick Aybar
109 Justin Masterson
110 Andrew McCutchen
111 Ty Wigginton
112 Kevin Correia
113 Willy Taveras
114 Chris Iannetta
115 Gordon Beckham
116 Carlos Gomez
117 David DeJesus
118 Brandon Morrow
119 Wilkin Ramirez
120 Jorge Posada
121 Brett Anderson
122 Carlos Riuz
123 Jeff Samardzija
124 Rickie Weeks
125 Ichiro
126 John Smoltz
127 Hank Blalock
128 Garrett Mock
129 Reid Gorecki
130 Vladimir Guerrero
131 Dustin Richardson
132 Cliff Lee
133 Freddy Sanchez
134 Philadelphia Phillies®
135 Ryan Dempster
136 Adam Wainwright
137 Oakland Athletics™
138 C. Pena/Teixeira/Jason Bay
139 Frank Francisco
140 Matt Holliday
141 Chone Figgins
142 Tim Hudson
143 Omar Vizquel
144 Rich Harden
145 Justin Upton
146 Yunel Escobar
147 Huston Street
148 Cody Ross
149 Jose Guillen
150 Joe Mauer
151 Mat Gamel
152 Nyjer Morgan
153 Justin Duchscherer
154 Pedro Feliz
155 Zack Greinke (AL CY)
156 Tony Gwynn Jr.
157 Mike Sweeney
158 Jeff Niemann
159 Vernon Wells
160 Miguel Tejada
161 Denard Span
162 Wade Davis
163 Josh Butler
164 Carlos Carrasco
165 Brandon Phillips
166 Eric Byrnes
167 San Diego Padres™
168 Brad Kilby
169 Pittsburgh Pirates®
170 Jason Bay
171 F. Hernandez/Sabathia/Verlander
172 Joe Mauer (AL MVP)
173 Kendry Morales
174 Mike Gonzalez
175 Josh Hamilton
176 Yovani Gallardo
177 Adam Lind
178 Kerry Wood
179 Ryan Spilborghs
180 Jayson Nix
181 Nick Johnson
182 Coco Crisp
183 Jonathan Papelbon
184 Jeff Francoeur
185 Hideki Matsui
186 Andrew Bailey
187 Will Venable
188 Joe Blanton
189 Adrian Beltre
190 Pablo Sandoval
191 Mat Latos
192 Andruw Jones
193 Shairon Martis
194 Niel Walker (RC)
195 James Shields
196 Ian Desmond (RC)
197 Cleveland Indians (TC)
198 Florida Marlins (FH)
199 Seattle Mariners (TC)
200 Roy Halladay
201 Detroit Tigers (TC)
202 San Francisco Giants (FH)
203 Zach Greinke/Felix Hernandez/Roy Halladay
204 Elvis Andrus/Ian Kinsler (CC)
205 Chris Coghlan
206 Albert Pujols/Prince Fielder/Ryan Howard
207 Colby Rasmus
208 Tim Wakefield
209 Alexei Ramirez
210 Josh Beckett
211 Kelly Shoppach
212 Magglio Ordonez
213 Ricky Nolasco
214 Matt Kemp
215 Max Scherzer
216 Mike Cameron
217 Gio Gonzalez
218 Fernando Martinez
219 Kevin Hart
220 Randy Johnson
221 Russell Branyan
222 Curtis Granderson
223 Ryan Church
224 Rod Barajas
225 David Price
226 Juan Rivera
227 Josh Thole (RC)
228 Chris Pettit (RC)
229 Daniel McCutchen (RC)
230 Jonathan Broxton
231 Luke Scott
232 St. Louis Cardinals (TC)
233 Teixeira/Bay/Adam Lind
234 Tampa Bay Rays (FH)
235 Neftali Feliz
236 Andrew Bailey (AL ROY)
237 Ryan Braun/Prince Fielder (CC)
238 Ian Stewart
239 Juan Uribe
240 Ricky Romero
241 Rocco Baldelli
242 Bobby Jenks
243 Asdrubal Cabrera
244 Barry Zito
245 Lance Berkman
246 Leo Nunez
247 Andre Ethier
248 Jason Kendall
249 Jon Niese
250 Mark Teixeira
251 John Lannan
252 Ronny Cedeno
253 Bengie Molina
254 Edwin Jackson
255 Chris Davis
256 Akinori Iwamura
257 Bobby Crosby
258 Edwin Encarnacion
259 Daniel Hudson
260 New York Yankees®
261 Matt Carson
262 Homer Bailey
263 Placido Polanco
264 Arizona Diamondbacks®
265 Angels®
266 Humberto Quintero
267 Toronto Blue Jays®
268 Juan Pierre
269 A. Rodriquez/Jeter/Cano
270 Michael Brantley
271 Jermaine Dye
272 Jair Jurrjens
273 Pat Neshek
274 Stephen Drew
275 N.L. Rookie of the Year
276 Matt Lindstrom
277 Jarrod Washburn
278 Carlos Delgado
279 Randy Wolf
280 Mark DeRosa
281 Braden Looper
282 Washington Nationals®
283 Adam Kennedy
284 Ross Ohlendorf
285 Kurt Suzuki
286 Javier Vasquez
287 Jhonny Peralta
288 Boston Red Sox®
289 Lyle Overbay
290 Orlando Hudson
291 Austin Kearns
292 Tommy Manzella
293 Brent Dlugach
294 Adam Dunn
295 Kevin Youkilis
296 Atlanta Braves™
297 Ben Zobrist
298 Baltimore Orioles®
299 Gary Sheffield
300 Chase Utley
301 Jack Cust
302 Kevin Youkilis/David Ortiz
303 Chris Snyder
304 Adam LaRoche
305 Juan Francisco
306 Milton Bradley
307 Henry Rodriguez
308 Robinzon Diaz
309 Gerald Laird
310 Elvis Andrus
311 Jose Valverde
312 Tyler Flowers
313 Jason Kubel
314 Angel Pagan
315 Scott Kazmir
316 Chris Young
317 Ryan Doumit
318 Nate Schierholtz
319 Ryan Franklin
320 Brian McCann
321 Pat Burrell
322 Travis Buck
323 Jim Thome
324 Alex Rios
325 Julio Lugo
326 Tyler Colvin
327 N.L. MVP
328 Chicago Cubs®
329 Colorado Rockies®
330 Brandon Allen
331 Ryan Braun
332 Brad Hawpe
333 Ryan Ludwick
334 Jayson Werth
335 Jordan Norberto (RC)
336 C.J. Wilson
337 Carlos Zambrano
338 Brett Cecil
339 Jose Reyes
340 John Buck
340 Cal Ripken, Jr. *
341 Texas Rangers®
342 Melky Cabrera
343 Brian Bruney
344 Brett Myers
345 Chris Volstad
346 Taylor Teagarden
347 Aaron Harang
348 Jordan Zimmermann
349 Felix Pie
350 Price/Ryan Fielder/Braun
350 Pee Wee Reese *
351 Koji Uehara
352 Cameron Maybin
353 Jason Heyward (RC)
354 Evan Longoria
355 James Russell (RC)
356 Angels®
357 Scott Downs
358 Mark Buehrle
359 Aramis Ramirez
360 Justin Morneau
360 Richie Ashburn *
361 Washington Nationals®
362 Travis Snider
363 Joba Chamberlain
364 Trevor Hoffman
365 Logan Ondrusek (RC)
366 Hiroki Kuroda
367 Wandy Rodriguez
368 Wade LeBlanc
369 David Ortiz
370 Robinson Cano
370 Thurman Munson *
371 Nick Hundley
372 Philadelphia Phillies®
373 Clint Barmes
374 Scott Feldman
375 Mike Leake (RC)
376 Esmil Rogers (RC)
377 Felix Hernandez
378 George Sherrill
379 Phil Hughes
380 J.D. Drew
380 Mel Ott *
381 Miguel Montero
382 Kyle Davies
383 Derek Lowe
384 Chris Johnson (RC)
385 Torii Hunter
386 Dan Haren
387 Josh Fields
388 Joel Pineiro
389 Troy Tulowitzki
390 Ervin Santana
390 Johnny Mize *
391 Manny Parra
392 Carlos Monasterios (RC)
393 Jason Frasor
394 Luis Castillo
395 Jenrry Mejia (RC)
396 Jake Westbrook
397 Colorado Rockies®
398 Carlos Gonzalez
399 Matt Garza
400 Alex Rodriguez
400 Honus Wagner *
401 Chad Billingsley
402 J.P. Howell
403 Jimmy Rollins
404 Mariano Rivera
405 Dustin McGowan
406 Jeff Francis
407 Nick Punto
408 Detroit Tigers®
409 Kosuke Fukudome
410 Oakland Athletics™
410 Frank Robinson *
411 Jack Wilson
412 San Francisco Giants®
413 J.J. Hardy
414 Sean West
415 Cincinnati Reds®
416 Ruben Tejada (RC)
417 Dallas Braden
418 Aaron Laffey
419 David Aardsma
420 Shin-Soo Choo
420 Dale Murphy *
421 Doug Fister
422 Vin Mazzaro
423 Brad Bergesen
424 David Herndon (RC)
425 Dontrelle Willis
426 Mark Reynolds
427 Brandon Webb
428 Baltimore Orioles®
429 Seth Smith
430 Kazuo Matsui
430 Dizzy Dean *
431 John Raynor (RC)
432 A.J. Burnett
433 Julio Borbon
434 Kevin Slowey
435 Nelson Cruz
436 New York Mets®
437 Luke Hochever
438 Jason Bartlett
439 Emilio Bonifacio
440 Willie Harris
440 Nolan Ryan *
441 Clete Thomas
442 Dan Runzler (RC)
443 Jason Hammel
444 Yuniesky Betancourt
445 Miguel Olivo
446 Gavin Floyd
447 Jeremy Guthrie
448 Joakim Soria
449 Ryan Sweeney
450 Omir Santos
450 Eddie Mathews *
451 Michael Saunders
452 Allen Craig (RC)
453 Jesse English (RC)
454 James Loney
455 St. Louis Cardinals®
456 Clayton Richard
457 Kanekoa Texeira (RC)
458 Todd Wellemeyer
459 Joel Zumaya
460 Aaron Cunningham
460 Jimmie Foxx *
461 Tyson Ross (RC)
462 Alcides Escobar
463 Carlos Marmol
464 Francisco Liriano
465 Chien-Ming Wang
466 Jered Weaver
467 Fausto Carmona
468 Delmon Young
469 Alex Burnett (RC)
470 New York Yankees®
470 Mickey Mantle *
471 Drew Butera (RC)
472 Toronto Blue Jays®
473 Jason Varitek
474 Kyle Kendrick
475 Johnny Damon
476 Yadier Molina
477 Nate McLouth
478 Conor Jackson
479 Chris Carpenter
480 Boston Red Sox®
480 Tom Seaver *
481 Scott Rolen
482 Mike McCoy (RC)
483 Daisuke Matsuzaka
484 Mike Fontenot
485 Jesus Flores
486 Raul Ibanez
487 Dan Uggla
488 Delwyn Young
489 Russell Martin
490 Michael Bourn
490 Roy Campanella *
491 Rafael Furcal
492 Brian Wilson
493 Travis Ishikawa
494 Andrew Miller
495 Carlos Pena
496 Rajai Davis
497 Edgar Renteria
498 Sergio Santos (RC)
499 Michael Bowden
500 Brad Lidge
500 Tris Speaker *
501 Jake Peavy
502 Jhoulys Chacin
503 Austin Jackson (RC)
504 Jeff Mathis
505 Andy Marte
506 Jose Lopez
507 Francisco Rodriguez
508 Chris Getz
509 Todd Helton
510 Justin Upton/
Mark Reynolds (CC)
510 Eddie Murray *
511 Chicago Cubs®
512 Elijah Dukes
513 Scott Sizemore (RC)
514 Rafael Soriano
515 Seattle Mariners™
516 Marlon Byrd
517 Cliff Pennington
518 Corey Hart
519 Alexi Casilla
520 Randy Wells
520 Ozzie Smith *
521 Jeremy Bonderman
522 Jordan Schafer
523 Phil Coke
524 Dusty Hughes (RC)
525 David Huff
526 Carlos Guillen
527 Brandon Wood
528 Brian Bannister
529 Carlos Lee
530 Fu-Te Ni
530 Ty Cobb *
531 Matt Cain
532 Hunter Pence
533 Gary Matthews Jr.
534 Hideki Okajima
535 Andy Sonnanstine
536 Matt Palmer
537 Michael Cuddyer
538 Travis Hafner
539 Arizona Diamondbacks®
540 Sean Rodriguez
540 Ernie Banks *
541 Jason Motte
542 Heath Bell
543 Nick/Adam Markakis.Jones
544 Kevin Kouzmanoff
545 Fred Lewis
546 Bud Norris
547 Brett Gardner
548 Minnesota Twins®
549 Derek Jeter
550 Freddy Garcia
551 Everth Cabrera
552 Chris Tillman
553 Florida Marlins®
554 Ramon Hernandez (RC)
555 B.J. Upton
556 Chicago White Sox®
557 Aaron Hill
558 Ronny Paulino
559 Nick Markakis
560 Ryan Rowland-Smith
561 Ryan Zimmerman
562 Carlos Quentin
563 Bronson Arroyo
564 Houston Astros®
565 Franklin Morales (RC)
566 Junichi Tazawa
567 Mike Pelfrey
568 Jarrod Saltalamacchia
569 Jacoby Ellsbury
570 Josh Willingham
571 Brandon Lyon
572 Clay Buchholz
573 Johan Santana
574 Milwaukee Brewers®
575 Ryan Perry
576 Paul Maholm
577 Jason Jaramillo
578 Aaron Rowand
579 Trevor Cahill
580 Ian Snell
581 Chris Dickerson
582 Martin Prado
583 Anibal Sanchez
584 Matt Capps
585 Dioner Navarro
586 Roy Oswalt
587 David Murphy
588 Landon Powell
589 Edinson Volquez
590 Ryan Howard
591 Fernando Rodney
592 Brian Roberts
593 Derek Holland
594 Andy LaRoche
595 Mike Lowell
596 Brendan Ryan
597 J.R. Towles
598 Alberto Callaspo (RC)
599 Jay Bruce
600 Hanley Ramirez
601 Blake DeWitt
602 Kansas City Royals®
603 Gerardo Parra
604 Kansas City Royals®
605 A.J. Pierzynski
606 Chad Qualls
607 Ubaldo Jimenez
608 Pittsburgh Pirates®
609 Jeff Suppan
610 Alex Gordon
611 Josh Outman
612 Lastings Milledge
613 Eric Chavez
614 Kelly Johnson
615 Justin Verlander
616 Franklin Gutierrez
617 Luis Valbuena
618 Jorge Cantu
619 Mike Napoli
620 Geovany Soto
621 Aaron Cook
622 Cleveland Indians
623 Miguel Cabrera
624 Carlos Beltran
625 Grady Sizemore
626 Glen Perkins
627 Jeremy Hermida
628 Ross Detwiler
629 Oliver Perez
630 Ben Francisco
631 Marc Rzepczynski
632 Daric Barton
633 Daniel Bard
634 Casey Kotchman
635 Carl Pavano
636 Rick/Justin Porcello/Verlander
637 Babe/Lou Ruth/Gehrig
638 Paul Konerko
639 Los Angeles Dodgers®
640 Matt Diaz
641 Chase Headley
642 San Diego Padres™
643 Michael Young
644 David Purcey
645 Texas Rangers®
646 Trevor Crowe
647 Alfonso Soriano
648 Brian Fuentes
649 Casey McGehee
650 Dustin Pedroia
651 Mike Aviles
652 Chipper Jones
653 Nolan Reimold
654 Collin Balester
655 Ryan Madson
656 Jon Lester
657 Chris Young
658 Tommy Hunter
659 Nick Blackburn
660 Brandon McCarthy
661 Stephen Strasburg (RC)
US-1 Vladimir Guerrero
US-2 Dayan Viciedo RC
US-3 Sam Demel RC
US-4 Alex Cora
US-5 Troy Glaus
US-6 Adam Ottavino RC
US-7 Sam LeCure RC
US-8 Fred Lewis
US-9 Danny Worth
US-10 Hideki Matsui
US-11 Vernon Wells
US-12 Jason Michaels
US-13 Max Scherzer
US-14 Ike Davis RD
US-15 Ike Davis RC
US-16 Felipe Paulino
US-17 Marlon Byrd AS
US-18 Omar Beltre RC
US-19 Russell Branyan
US-20 Jason Bay
US-21 Roy Oswalt
US-22 Ty Wigginton AS
US-23 Andy Pettitte AS
US-24 "NL East Origins" (V. Guerrero/M. Cabrera) CC
US-25 Andrew Bailey
US-26 Jesus Feliciano RC
US-27 Koyie Hill
US-28 Bill Hall
US-29 Livan Hernandez
US-30 Roy Halladay AS
US-31 Corey Patterson
US-32 Doug Davis
US-33 Matt Capps AS
US-34 Shaun Marcum
US-35 Ryan Braun AS
US-36 Omar Vizquel
US-37 Alex Avila
US-38 Chris Young HRD
US-39 Kila Ka'aihue
US-40 Evan Longoria AS
US-41 Anthony Slama RC
US-42 Conor Jackson
US-43 Brennan Boesch RD
US-44 Scott Rolen AS
US-45 David Price AS
US-46 Colby Lewis
US-47 Jody Gerut
US-48 Geoff Blum
US-49 Bobby Wilson
US-50 Mike Stanton
US-51 Tom Gorzelanny
US-52 Andy Oliver
US-53 Jordan Smith RC
US-54 Akinori Iwamura
US-55 Stephen Strasburg RD (highlight card, non-SP, running onto field)
US-56 Matt Holliday HRD
US-57 "Andrus' All-Star Advisor" (D. Jeter/E. Andrus) CC
US-58 Brian Wilson AS
US-59 Jeanmar Gomez RC
US-60 Miguel Tejada
US-61 Alfredo Simon
US-62 Chris Narveson
US-63 David Ortiz
US-64 Jose Valverde
US-65 "See you in September" (V. Martinez/R. Cano) CC
US-66 Ronnie Belliard
US-67 Kyle Farnsworth
US-68 John Danks
US-69 Lance Cormier
US-70 Jonathan Broxton AS
US-71 Jason Giambi
US-72 Milton Bradley
US-73 Torii Hunter AS
US-74 Ryan Church
US-75 Jason Heyward AS
US-76 Jose Tabata RD
US-77 John Axford
US-78 Jon Link RC
US-79 Jonny Gomes
US-80 David Ortiz
US-81 Rich Harden
US-82 Emmanuel Burriss
US-83 Jeff Suppan
US-84 Melvin Mora
US-85 Starlin Castro RC
US-86 Matt Guerrier
US-87 Trevor Plouffe RC
US-88 Lance Berkman
US-89 Frank Herrmann RC
US-90 Rafael Furcal AS
US-91 Nick Johnson
US-92 Pedro Feliciano
US-93 Jon Rauch
US-94 Reid Brignac
US-95 Jamie Moyer
US-96 John Bowker
US-97 "Mile High Memories" (T. Tulowitzki/M. Holliday) CC
US-98 Yunel Escobar
US-99 Jose Bautista
US-100 Roy Halladay
US-101 Jake Westbrook
US-102 Chris Carter
US-103 Matt Tuiasosopo
US-104 Paul Konerko AS
US-105 Chone Figgins
US-106 Orlando Cabrera
US-107 Matt Capps
US-108 John Buck AS
US-109 Luke Hughes RC
US-110 Curtis Granderson
US-111 Willie Bloomquist
US-112 Chad Qualls
US-113 Brad Ziegler
US-114 Kenley Jansen RC
US-115 Brad Lincoln
US-116 Brandon Morrow
US-117 Martin Prado AS
US-118 Jose Bautista AS
US-119 Adam LaRoche
US-120 Brennan Boesch RC
US-121 J.A. Happ
US-122 Darnell McDonald
US-123 Alberto Callaspo
US-124 Chris Young AS
US-125 Adam Wainwright
US-126 Elvis Andrus
US-127 Nick Swisher AS
US-128 Reed Johnson
US-129 Gregor Blanco
US-130 Ichiro AS
US-131 Takashi Saito
US-132 Corey Hart
US-133 Javier Vazquez
US-134 Rick Ankiel
US-135 Starlin Castro RD
US-136 Jarrod Saltalamacchia
US-137 Austin Kearns
US-138 Brandon League
US-139 Jorge Cantu
US-140 Josh Hamilton AS
US-141 Phil Hughes
US-142 Mike Cameron
US-143 Jonathan Lucroy RC
US-144 Eric Patterson
US-145 Adrian Beltre
US-146 Peter Bourjos RC
US-147 Argenis Diaz RC
US-148 J.J. Putz
US-149 Kevin Russo RC
US-150 Hanley Ramirez AS
US-151 Kerry Wood
US-152 Ian Kennedy
US-153 Brian McCann AS
US-154 Jose Guillen
US-155 Ivan Rodriguez
US-156 Matt Thornton AS
US-157 Jason Marquis
US-158 "CC Times Two" (CC Sabathia/C. Crawford) CC
US-159 Octavio Dotel
US-160 Josh Johnson AS
US-161 Matt Holliday AS
US-162 Hong-Chih Kuo
US-163 Marco Scutaro
US-164 Gaby Sanchez
US-165 Omar Infante
US-166 Jon Garland
US-167 Ramon Santiago
US-168 Wilson Ramos RC
US-169 Ryan Ludwick
US-170 Carl Crawford AS
US-171 Cristian Guzman
US-172 Josh Donaldson RC
US-173 Lorenzo Cain RC
US-174 Matt Lindstrom
US-175 Drew Storen
US-176 Felipe Lopez
US-177 Chris Heisey RC
US-178 Jim Edmonds
US-179 Juan Pierre
US-180 David Wright AS
US-181 J.P. Arencibia
US-182 Randy Wolf
US-183 Luis Atilano RC
US-184 Blake DeWitt
US-185 Brian Matusz RC
US-186 Scott Hairston
US-187 "Young AL East Aces" (P. Hughes/D. Price) CC
US-188 Orlando Hudson
US-189 Derrek Lee
US-190 John Lackey
US-191 Danny Valencia
US-192 Daniel Nava RC
US-193 Ryan Theriot
US-194 Vernon Wells AS
US-195 Mark DeRosa
US-196 Aubrey Huff
US-197 Sean Marshall
US-198 Francisco Cervelli
US-199 Jhonny Peralta
US-200 Albert Pujols
US-201 Jeffrey Marquez RC
US-202 Mitch Moreland RC
US-203 Jon Jay RC
US-204 Carlos Silva
US-205 Ben Sheets
US-206 Garret Anderson
US-207 Jerry Hairston Jr.
US-208 Jeff Keppinger
US-209 Bengie Molina
US-210 Ubaldo Jimenez AS
US-211 Daniel Hudson
US-212 Mitch Talbot
US-213 Alex Gonzalez
US-214 Jason Heyward RD
US-215 "The Machine and The Hammer" (A. Pujols/R. Braun) CC
US-216 John Baker
US-217 Yorvit Torrealba
US-218 Kevin Gregg
US-219 Bobby Crosby
US-220 Jon Lester AS
US-221 Heath Bell AS
US-222 Ted Lilly
US-223 Henry Blanco
US-224 Scott Olsen
US-225 Josh Bell RC
US-226 Scott Podsednik
US-227 Mark Kotsay
US-228 "Second Base Sluggers" (B. Phillips/M. Prado) CC
US-229 Joe Saunders
US-230 Robinson Cano AS
US-231 Gabe Kapler
US-232 Jason Kendall
US-233 Brendan Harris
US-234 Matt Downs
US-235 Jose Tabata RC
US-236 Matt Daley
US-237 Jhan Marinez RC
US-238 Mark Ellis
US-239 Gabe Gross
US-240 Adrian Gonzalez AS
US-241 Joey Votto AS
US-242 Shelley Duncan
US-243 Michael Bourn AS
US-244 Mike Redmond
US-245 Placido Polanco
US-246 LaTroy Hawkins
US-247 Nick Swisher HRD
US-248 Matt Harrison
US-249 Rafael Soriano AS
US-250 Miguel Cabrera AS
US-251 Jake Arrieta
US-252 Jim Thome
US-253 Mike Minor RC
US-254 Chris Perez
US-255 Kevin Millwood
US-256 Mike Gonzalez
US-257 Joel Hanrahan
US-258 Dana Eveland
US-259 Yadier Molina
US-260 Andre Ethier AS
US-261 Jason Vargas
US-262 Rob Johnson
US-263 Randy Winn
US-264 Vicente Padilla
US-265 Ryan Howard AS
US-266 Billy Wagner
US-267 Eugenio Velez
US-268 Logan Morrison RC
US-269 Dave Bush
US-270 Vladimir Guerrero
US-271 Travis Wood RC
US-272 Brian Stokes
US-273 John Jaso
US-274 "Merry Stras-mas" (S. Strasburg/I. Rodriguez) CC
US-275 Hong-Chih Kuo AS
US-276 Austin Jackson
US-277 Micah Owings
US-278 Brad Penny
US-279 Hanley Ramirez HRD
US-280 Alex Rodriguez AS
US-281 Jose Valverde AS
US-282 Rhyne Hughes
US-283 Kevin Frandsen
US-284 Josh Reddick
US-285 Jaime Garcia
US-286 Arthur Rhodes
US-287 Alex Sanabia RC
US-288 Jonny Venters RC
US-289 Adam Kennedy
US-290 Justin Verlander AS
US-291 Corey Hart HRD
US-292 Kelly Shoppach
US-293 Pat Burrell
US-294 Aaron Heilman
US-295 Andrew Cashner
US-296 Lance Zawadzki RC
US-297 Don Kelly
US-298 David Freese
US-299 Xavier Nady
US-300 Cliff Lee
US-301 Jeff Clement
US-302 Pedro Feliz
US-303 Brandon Phillips AS
US-304 Kris Medlen
US-305 Cliff Lee AS
US-306 Dan Haren
US-307 Carlos Santana RD
US-308 Matt Thornton
US-309 Andruw Jones
US-310 Derek Jeter
US-311 Felix Doubront RC
US-312 Coco Crisp
US-313 Mitch Maier
US-314 Cole Gillespie RC
US-315 Edwin Jackson
US-316 Rod Barajas
US-317 Mike Leake
US-318 Domonic Brown RC
US-319 Josh Tomlin RC
US-320 Joe Mauer AS
US-321 Jason Donald RC
US-322 John Ely
US-323 Ryan Kalish RC
US-324 George Kottaras
US-325 Ian Kinsler AS
US-326 Miguel Cabrera HRD
US-327 Mike Stanton RD
US-328 Adrian Beltre AS
US-329 "Dominican Pride" (Jose Reyes/Hanley Ramirez) CC
US-330 Carlos Santana RC

Wednesday, 18 March 2009

The Current State of My Hobby

Please note that this post is entitled "The Current State of MY Hobby", but maybe my current state is similar to other collectors out there. Perhaps some of these thoughts might also apply to "The Current State of THE Hobby".

The journey to get back in collecting has been fun and nostalgic as I open box after box of cards that haven't seen the light of day in 15-20 years. It is taking longer than expected now that I've gotten sidetracked by the 2009 Topps cards that were released last month. After buying a "hobby box" and various other loose packs, I've finally completed the 2009 Series One and additionally have small piles of insert cards, "game-used" cards, parallel cards, and miscellaneous duplicates to look at, some better than others. But I have a nagging suspicion that I have been going about collecting the "new" stuff the wrong way.

I don't have buyer's remorse, but all of this action in the past month has led me to a realization. It is far, far cheaper just to go to eBay and buy a set of cards than trying to collect a set by buying packs. This may seem obvious to most of you, but the difference between the two methods is astonishing. I may have spent $120-$140 in small increments over the past 6 weeks just to complete half (or a third) of the 2009 Topps set, whereas that same set of cards, minus the duplicates and inserts can be had for less than $20 on eBay, shipping included. And I am fairly certain that by the year end I would be able to buy the entire set of Series 1 and 2 even cheaper.

So what do you miss by taking the quick and dirty route to set-building? Well, you certainly miss the thrill of opening a pack of cards, and especially the excitement that your pack might contain (it doesn't) some amazing insert card that MIGHT be valuable or at least entertaining to look at. At least, in theory, that seems like a lot to give up, since that was originally the fun of baseball card collecting. In reality it is completely insane to attempt to complete any insert set simply by buying packs. I have even spent the last few weeks attempting to trade for the last of the 2009 Turkey Red Set (rather, HALF of the Turkey Red Set), which has been interesting, but I am still missing 9 cards, or almost 20%. I am even further from completing any of the other insert sets. It used to feel like cheating to buy a complete set at a card show or on eBay. I was missing out on half the fun of card collecting, right?

My experience this month has erased that vague feeling of guilt. A quick perusal of eBay again reveals that these elusive inserts can be bought quickly and in total for less than I have spent so far. What is so insane about not wanting to spend $300+ dollars for a set of baseball cards every year? The joy of collecting for me is to look at the cards, not to tally their total net value in some fanciful Beckett-induced fantasy. Trading is fun, collecting is fun, but SPENDING a lot of money is not always necessary for fun. For the same $300 I could buy the entire 2009 set plus an entire set of cards from the 1970's for instance. Stretching the collecting dollar is totally within the spirit of the hobby in my opinion. I think from now on I am going to be more judicious about where I spend the baseball card dollar. The farther I can stretch it, the better, no?

I'm not going to state that Topps has made card collecting too complicated. If the demand is there, than by all means, I hope Topps can supply it and be profitable and the more the better. If the general public wants a bunch of inserts and chase cards to track down and Topps can sell more cards by providing it, then let me step out of the way and let it roll.

BUT,

There is one area of collecting that I will step up and call madness. I only have had to look at three of these atrocities to know a stupid idea when I see it. Below are three "game-used artifact" cards, or "relics" as they are distastefully called. Would I like a game-used jersey in my collection? Perhaps yes, if it was George Brett's #5 that he wore during one of his campaigns. Probably no if it was a player I had no strong connection with at all. Would I want a tiny piece of George Brett's jersey crammed into a poorly made card with his picture slapped on it? Not at all. Is there really any meaning to be found in a 1" square piece of fabric that looks like every other 1" piece of fabric I've ever seen? How about a bat? Again, not a bad souvenir IF I could actually hold the bat and imagine it being used to strike the decisive blow in a big game at the hands of one my heroes. How about a small sliver of wood that may or may not have at one time been a bat, but looks identical to a sliver of wood that at one time might have been the end of a doorstop in some derelict office complex or housing project? Umm, no thanks.

There may be some perceived value in these cards currently, but there will someday be a glut of relic cards so vast and so worthless that it will make the overproduction issues of the 1980's and 1990's seem trivial. At least today, twenty years later, there is still some demand for the cards of that era. Collectors share a common connection with these cards because they are so familiar and easy to obtain. The blogosphere has come alive the past year or two with rhapsodic musings about baseball players and teams of that bygone era simply because there are so many other collectors out there that can appreciate it. They also have had the same thoughts and revels about the same cards and players I had many years ago and can relate to it well. After reading an exceptional post on a blog I actually experience a desire to go look at that card the writer was referencing.

How can there be any common connection with a card that is "1/1", or "34/51" or other nonsense? In the future is there going to a blogpost about some rare relic card of a journeyman shortstop that will mean anything if no one else has actually seen or held that card before? If my experience with cards is at all common, than the answer will be "NO".

I can fully imagine an eBay auction in 20 years for "800 GU Jersey/Bat Cards - NICE! with a Buy It Now option of $9.99 FREE SHIPPING!" that will end without a sale.

This isn't even addressing the depressing thought that actual pieces of history are being destroyed by band saw and fabric shear. Isn't there any better use for a pile of authentic game-worn jerseys and game-used bats than putting them in a proverbial paper-shredder? How about the novel idea of selling the ACTUAL jersey and/or bat? How about random redemption cards that could used to obtain the actual item? Who came up with the crazy idea that the best use of a Major League Baseball player's game bat is the take it the wood shop and hack it into tiny pieces?

I think this latest process takes the collector beyond simple fandom and into a semi-religious realm of literal hero-worship. The cards are even called "relics" just like the tiny slivers of bone and hair from the saints contained in the reliquaries of every Medieval cathedral . This level of collecting makes me think more of "creepy" than "cool". Am I alone here?

I will be giving away all three cards here, starting with the one and only contributor to my post on the Rickey Henderson card. So, if MMayes of the "1972 Topps Baseball" blog cares to email me, the card of his choice is his. Email me a toppsbaseball at gmail.com. If none of those cards interests you, email me anyway and we can work out another prize. Thanks!

One last comment before I go. As I actually look at these cards I am amazed at the craftmanship, or lack thereof, in these cards. Some have loose threads, all have irregular cut mattes surrounding the patch which seems to indicate that it was cut by hand with an exacto knife instead of an automated press. Amazing!