Monday, January 27, 2020

Topps 2020 Series 1 Robin Yount Checklist and Gallery

Continuing from last year Topps has included Robin in a bunch of the insert sets.  If this is any indication we should be seeing a lot of Robin again this year.

Here is the checklist, I'll update with images as stuff starts to pop up.

2020 Topps Series 1 - 1985 Topps Baseball #85-61
2020 Topps Series 1 - 1985 Topps Baseball #85-61 Blue
2020 Topps Series 1 - 1985 Topps Baseball #85-61 Black #/299
2020 Topps Series 1 - 1985 Topps Baseball #85-61 Gold #/50
2020 Topps Series 1 - 1985 Topps Baseball #85-61 Red #/10
2020 Topps Series 1 - 1985 Topps Baseball #85-61 Platinum #/1
2020 Topps Series 1 - 1985 Topps Baseball Relics #85R-RY
2020 Topps Series 1 - 1985 Topps Baseball Relics #85R-RY Black #/199
2020 Topps Series 1 - 1985 Topps Baseball Relics #85R-RY Gold #/50
2020 Topps Series 1 - 1985 Topps Baseball Relics #85R-RY Red #/25
2020 Topps Series 1 - 1985 Topps Baseball Relics #85R-RY Platinum #/1
2020 Topps Series 1 - Decades Best #DB-49
2020 Topps Series 1 - Decades Best #DB-49 Blue
2020 Topps Series 1 - Decades Best #DB-49 Black #/299
2020 Topps Series 1 - Decades Best #DB-49 Gold #/50
2020 Topps Series 1 - Decades Best #DB-49 Red #/10
2020 Topps Series 1 - Decades Best #DB-49 Platinum #/1
2020 Topps Series 1 - Decades Best Autographs #DB80-RY #/25 (or less)
2020 Topps Series 1 - Decades Best Chrome #DBC-49 (Retail Tin Exclusive)

2015 Topps Archives Gold

Year: 2015
Manufacturer: Topps
Set: Archives
Card Number: 32
Card Type: Base Parallel
Parallel Set: Gold
Card Attributes: Serial Numbered
Serial Number: 40/50

COMC Black Friday Haul #16

Patience. As far as card collecting is concerned I've learned to have a lot of patience.  There were days not too long ago that I would have jumped all over any and all parallels for Robin right when they were released.  It's a  conundrum at times, because the time you see the most of any one particular card, parallel wise, is at release, that's also the time when prices are highest.  As I've gotten older, married, and become a father, my priorities have shifted, as well as, my extra cash.  So I wait.  I'll probably harp on this a little more, but I quit eBay, both buying and selling early last year.  While eBay may still be the largest online market place for just about everything, the fees and predatory buyers made selling a hassle and the increase in postage made buying single cards even more expensive.  Hence why I've picked up the majority of new additions via COMC.  What does this card have to do with patience?  Well everything.  I sure didn't pounce on one of these low numbered parallels when the set was released and I still hadn't purchased one for over 4 years.  But patience paid off and I found this card for a great price a couple months before Black Friday.  It's another reason I love shopping on COMC.  While deals can be elusive at times, with a little work and patience they can be had.  

Thursday, January 23, 2020

2019 Topps Faces of the Franchise

Year: 2019
Manufacturer: Topps
Set: Flagship (Series 2)
Card Number: FOF-16
Card Type: Insert
Insert Set: Faces of the Franchise

COMC Black Friday Haul #14

Last year Robin was featured in quite a few inserts in all three Topps Flagship series.  And of course those inserts, at least most of them, have parallels.  One of my favorite inserts from Series 2 is this Faces of the Franchise.  Since joining the Brewers in 2018 Christian Yelich has replaced Ryan Braun as the face of the current Brewers, at least on cardboard. I'm a big fan of this trio, however I would argue that Rollie is out of place.  If I would have put this card together Fingers would have likely been replaced with Braun, or if we're going old school Molitor.  Not that I'm complaining, as a Rollie Fingers collector I like cards that do double duty for my Player Collections, however if we go by All-Star Appearances Braun's 6 would supplant Yelich, but the write up on the back also highlights MVP awards and Braun's is controversial.  

On a side note I had though I had picked this card up with the rest of my team set from, but when I got the Faces of the Franchise card from them I notice it was actually the blue parallel and not the base.  It was an easy mistake since the only real difference between this card and the blue parallel is the top portion of the card is blue and pretty much the same blue as the bottom of this card, and it's unnumbered.  Regardless this was a cheap and easy pick up during COMC's Black Friday sale along with another parallel I'll feature later.

Monday, January 20, 2020

2019 Topps Online - Mini checklist

I thought I had put the 2019 checklist to bed, but totally missed this online exclusive set.  That doesn't surprise me as I had read somewhere this sold out very quickly.  The 2019 mini set was available by the 35 count box online and included all Series 1, 2 and Update cards as well as the 1984 inserts, and some new autographs.  I have seen some of Robin's 1984 Base and Update All-Star cards pop up on eBay and COMC.  There are also two parallels, Pink #/25 and Platinum #/1.

2019 Topps Mini (Online Exclusive) 1984 #T84-32
2019 Topps Mini (Online Exclusive) 1984 #T84-32 Pink #/25
2019 Topps Mini (Online Exclusive) 1984 #T84-32 Platinum #/1
2019 Topps Mini (Online Exclusive) 1984 All-Star #84AS-RY
2019 Topps Mini (Online Exclusive) 1984 All-Star #84AS-RY Pink #/25
2019 Topps Mini (Online Exclusive) 1984 All-Star #84AS-RY Platinum #/1

Thursday, January 16, 2020

2019 Panini Leather and Lumber Rivals Materials

Year: 2019
Manufacturer: Panini
Set: Leather and Lumber
Card Number: RM-OR
Card Type: Insert, Relic
Insert Set: Rivals Materials
Relic Type: Jersey
Card Attributes: Memorabilia, Serial Numbered
Serial Number: 082/199

2019 COMC Black Friday Haul #13

I picked up a few relics this year during the Black Friday sale.  One I've had my eye on for a while was a base version of the Rivals Materials insert.  I love cards like this that feature two players that some some history and Ozzie and Robin of course met up in the 1982 World Series, and it just so happens this card is serial numbered 82/199.  That's pretty neat and I'd like to say I noticed it before starting to write this post, but I didn't.  I chuckle a little bit because this set also takes me back to the late 90's/early 2000's when every product featured hits with plain swatches and the really desirable cards were the ones with a little color. Panini didn't bother to write anything about the match up on the back.

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

2002 Topps 206 Piedmont Black Back Pinstripes

Year: 2002
Manufacturer: Topps
Set: 206
Card Number: 289
Card Type: Mini Parallel 
Mini Parallel Set: Piedmont Black

COMC Black Friday Card Haul #12

I've written about my love of the 2002 Topps 206 set.  Well mainly series 2, and mainly the fact that Robin was featured in the set and had two base card variations.  At the time I was pretty enamored with the set because it was the first time I could remember Robin being featured in a base set of new cards, although that's probably incorrect, it was the first time I remembered seeing it.  And as a guy who collected Robin Yount cards I was super excited.  Plus it was Topps first attempt at the vintage tribute set and I liked it.  It also marked the beginning, yes I know Pacific had done it years before, but really this set marked the returned tobacco sized mini inserts.  Over the year's I've been slowly picking up the different backs and image variations featuring Robin.  As a matter of fact with this card I have only one mini card left to find to finish the quest.  Series 2 featured 4 different backs all with some differing rate of difficulty finding.  The most common being the Polar Bear backs and the rarest being the Carolina Brights.  Mixed in the middle were the Red and Black Piedmont backs.  And I'm glad I was able to find this pinstripe Piedmont Black variation to help get me one step closer to completion.  Now all I need is to find a Piedmond Red Blue Jersey mini and I'm done. 

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

1988 Panini Stickers #129

Year: 1988
Manufacture: Panini
Set: Album Stickers
Card Number: 129
Card Type: Base Sticker

COMC Black Friday Haul #12

Last year, sometime well before Black Friday, I had made a small push to find some of the 80's and 90's Panini Stickers I was missing.  Lucky for me COMC had quite a few for a good price and picked up a handful to add to the collection.  I'm not sure why, but I really like the overall look of these '88s.  Maybe it's the simplicity in the design, but we get a nice smiling head shot and sticker that has all the other requirements: player name, team name, and logo.  Bam.  Plus on the back Panini reminds us how to make collecting their stickers fun.