Wednesday, March 6, 2019

1995 Michael Bolton - George Teague Charity Softball

Year: 1995
Manufacturer: ???
Set: Michael Bolton/George Teague Charity Softball 
Card Number: NNO

I am continually inspired by the generosity of our collecting community.  Friend of the blog Alex T, who you may remember from the other Yount Teague League post from last year surprised me recently (well actually not that recently anymore) with an email saying he had something coming for me.  He had found a copy of Robin's 1995 Michael Bolton - George Teague Charity Softball Game card for me.  This is a pretty insane oddball and not that easy to find.  I've even seen this listed as a 1992 card.

That brings up another point of contention with the card sets.  The Bolton-Teague Charity softball events were held for 5 years in the mid to late 90's, with the last game in 1998.  As far as I can tell on only 3 card sets were produced.  Beckett lists the last set as a 1997 set, it does not have the other two sets.  General consensus is that the first set the 1995 set, which features the 1995 team was made available at the 1996 charity game. Either as a giveaway, donation premium, or just for purchase.  The 1996 featured the 1996 available at the 1997 game and the 1997 set featuring 1997 team available at the 1998 game.  But the wrappers aren't much help either and it's possible that the first two sets were available at the same time.  However when looking at the cards that progression from the 1995 set, featured here, to the 1996 which featured a foil name to the 1997 which featured even more foil on the cards.

Regardless it's a great oddball to add to the collection.  

Thanks again Alex!  

Friday, February 22, 2019

2008 Playoff Prime Cuts Icons MVP Triple Relic

Year: 2008
Manufacturer: Donruss
Set: Playoff Prime Cuts
Card Number: 22
Card Type: Insert Relic Parallel
Insert Set: Icons 
Parallel Set: Materials MVP
Card Attributes: Relic, Serial Numbered
Relic Type: Jersey
Serial Number: 13/15

Donruss put out a couple unlicensed sets in 2008.  The one I remember best was the Donruss Threads set, but they also put out a couple last gasp Playoff brand sets.  The Prime Cuts was a mix of active, rookie, veteran retired, and hall of famers.  The set itself was not licensed by the MLB or MLBPA, but rather Donruss contracted directly with the player to use their likeness for the set.  Donruss also skirted the legality of using partial logos and team colors and in doing so the set isn't half bad.  There are also a ton of inserts, parallels, relic and autograph parallels, and just lot of variations to sort through.  It's a homage to the crazy sets Playoff put out in the mid-2000s.  

The card featured to day is part of the Icons insert.  The set is called the Icons Material MVP relic set.  The MVP part comes from the die-cut MVP relic windows on the card.  For an unlicensed card it's a nice looker.  The plain gray swatches aren't much to look at, but it's a fairly rare card being numbered to just 15.

Monday, February 18, 2019

2017 Topps Gallery - Hall of Fame Gallery

Year: 2017
Manufactuer: Topps
Set: Gallery
Card Number: HOF-28
Card Type: Insert
Insert Set: Hall of Fame Gallery

We're here, we made it.  This is the last card I picked up from my 2018 COMC Black Friday haul.  I know not super exciting.  Featured is Robin's 2017 Gallery HOF insert card.  Illustrated by the talented Dan Bergren, it's a very handsome card.  The card has a multiple parallels of varying rarity, but this is just the plain old base card.  2017 Gallery was a Wal-mart exclusive release and marked the return of the brand after over a decade.  I'm not a big fan of the retail exclusive sets, especially a set like Gallery that would have been a big sell in the hobby market.  There is also sticker auto parallel for this set that Robin is also included in, but I have yet to see an example of the card hit the marketplace.

Saturday, February 16, 2019

2017 Donruss - Retro Variations Magenta Back

Year: 2017
Manufacture: Panini
Set: Donruss
Card Number: RV-43
Card Type: Insert Parallel
Insert Set: Retro Variations 1983
Parallel Type: Magenta Back

Only a couple more cards and I've finished featuring my 2018 COMC Black Friday pick-ups.  Last time I featured Robin's Retro Variation Stat Line card this time it's his Magenta back parallel of the same card.  The magenta back is the only non-serial numbered parallel out of the 9 parallels, 13 if count the printing plates.  And as the name suggests the back is completely pink, er or magenta. 

Friday, February 15, 2019

2017 Donruss - Retro Variations Season Stat Line

Year: 2017
Manufacturer: Panini
Set: Donruss
Card Number: RV-43
Card Type: Insert Parallel
Insert Set: Retro Variations
Parallel Type: Season Stat Line
Card Attributes: Serial Numbered
Serial Number: 112/210

We are on the final 3 cards from my 2018 COMC Black Friday haul.  Next up is another parallel hole filler.  I'm getting very close to having most of the 1983 Retro Variations parallels.  The stat line parallel cards are numbered to what ever stat Panini decided to feature about the player on the card.  In Robin's case that's his 210 hits in  his 1982 MVP season.  The Season Stat line parallel cards also have a foil board finish so they're nice and shiny.

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

2006 Upper Deck SP Legendary Cuts - Baseball Chronology Platinum

Year: 2006
Manufacture: Upper Deck
Set: SP Legendary Cuts
Card Number: BC-RY
Card Type: Insert Parallel
Insert Set: Baseball Chronology
Parallel: Platinum
Card Attrbutes: Serial Numbered
Serial Number: 49/99

Still working on my Black Friday COMC haul.  Next up is one of the few low numbered parallels I picked up in the haul.  Legendary Cuts was a great HOF and retired themed product.  And it's been a few years since we had a nice HOF dedicated set.  They were all the rage for awhile.  Robin is featured in the base set a couple of the inserts.  The Baseball Chronology set has a few serial numbered parallels and a relic parallel as well.  Robin's card here is part of the Platinum parallel numbered to 99.  The team logo, where the relic would go in the relic parallel, and serial numbering is that shimmery holo silver foil and looks very nice in hand.   

Monday, February 11, 2019

2018 Topps Archives - Topps Rookie History

Year: 2018
Manufacturer: Topps
Set: Archives
Card Number: NNO (223)
Card Type: Insert
 Insert Set: Topps Rookie History

Still working through the last of my big COMC Black Friday haul.  Got a little sidetracked with a doosey of a cold, but I'm back.  Here's the most modern card I picked up from COMC.  It's Robin's Topps Rookie History reprint card from 2018 Archives.  No surprise Robin has another rookie reprint card in this year's Topps Series 1.  One of these days I'm going to take the time and figure out how many times Topps as issued a reprint of some sort for Robin's rookie card.  The cards are not numbered in the set, rather they have the original card numbering from whatever set they were originally issued in.  Other than the obvious foil stamp on the front, the Topps Reprint on the bottom of the back and the current copyright information, it's basically an exact replica.  These cards did come with color foil variations, some of them serial numbered.