Thursday, October 19, 2017

1983 Fleer


Year: 1983
Manufacturer: Fleer
Set: Flagship Baseball
Card Type: Base
Card Number: 51

Back to simpler times.  Fans were still getting use to having choices again.  I was never a fan of Fleer.  Aside from their 1981 set the 80's were all so bland to me.  The early 90's were even worse.  It wouldn't be until 1996 when one of the graphic designers who apparently was on acid put out a set that was so crazy it was good, well that subjective.  

And while most of the 80s Fleer sets aren't flashy and are pretty forgettable they have nice simplistic streamline look that works and the 1983 set is no different.  It's funny the write up on the back talks more about Robin's brother Larry than him, but at least there was some effort put into it.  The photo looks to be from the 1982 All-Star Game in Montreal.  The Man of Steal is in the background and it looks like that might be George Brett's arm.  The Brewers sent quite a few players to that game the same year they went all the way to the World Series.  Rollie Fingers, Cecil Cooper, and Ben Oglivie also made the trip.  And from the photo it looks like Robin was having a good time.





Tuesday, October 17, 2017

1984 Topps Ralstong Purina Collector's Edition


Year: 1984
Manufacturer: Topps
Set: Ralston Purina 1st Annual Collector's Edition
Card Number: 21
Card Type: Food Issue

Man I miss the days of food issue cards.  I know we got a taste last year with Topps / Wal-mart's Marketside Pizza cards, but really there hasn't been many food issue cards in a long long time.  I've thought it's a waste for companies not to put something like this in or on their products.  Even if it's not sports related a couple cards to cut out on a package would encourage at least some impulse buying.  I think Hostess is really missing out with their packaging not coming up with a Hostess set. Even if it was "Cakes of the World", I would probably buy a box just to cut the cards out.  Ahem.  

Here we have an example of a great food issue card from the food issue era.  Found in select Ralston Purina cereals. The set has 33 cards chocked full of stars.  And not only that we get a fully authorized card meaning logos!!!  Plus this is only a couple of years past Robin's World Series appearance so we get all kinds of WS tidbits.  I love how brusk the personal information is.  So Hemingway. 

But the placement of the apostrophe in Collectors' bother's me. I get it. It's the possessive of the plural of collector, but I think had they moved the apostrophe to Collector's it just makes the card more personable.  Calling directly to you the collector, not some faceless group of collectors.  But hey that's just me.




Thursday, October 12, 2017

On the Radar - 2017 Topps Update Checklist and Gallery

So Robin has a couple cards to chase in this year's update series.  I'm a little miffed that he didn't get a card in the base MVP Award insert, but he does have a manurelic to chase and that manurelic has different parallel levels.

2017 Topps Update MVP Award Commemorative Medallions MVPR-RY
2017 Topps Update MVP Award Commemorative Medallions MVPR-RY Gold #/99
2017 Topps Update MVP Award Commemorative Medallions MVPR-RY Black #/50
2017 Topps Update MVP Award Commemorative Medallions MVPR-RY Platinum #/1

Thursday, October 5, 2017

1990 Miller High Life SGA

Year: 1990
Card Manufacturer: Miller Brewing
Card Set: Miller High Life Brewers Stadium Giveaway Set
Card Number: NNO (31 in a set of 32)
Card Type: Stadium Giveaway

The Standard Catalog states that this card was part of a 32 card set and collector album given away at an August Brewers game in 1990.  Interestingly enough I had read somewhere that the High Life name was actually a brand of cigars and that Miller bought the name to use for the beer. That was a long time ago and High Life is Miller's oldest brand still being produced today, it was also one of the first beers to be packaged and sold in individual bottles.  To be honest I've lost track of who owns Miller now.  I think MolsonCoors does, but that could have changed by now.

 In hand these are great looking cards for a SGA.  Simple design, but full stats on the back.  Gotta love that.  Plus it's beer themed!  




Sunday, October 1, 2017

2005 Fleer Cooperstown Tribute Jersey Relic card

Year: 2005
Manufacturer: Fleer
Card Set: Tradition
Card Type: Insert Relic
Insert Set: Cooperstown Tribute Jersey
Card Number: CT/RY
Card Attributes: Relic
Relic Type: Jersey

Nothing like a plain gray swatch to celebrate the end of the regular baseball season.  The Brew Crew came so close to making it to the playoffs.  2005 would start the end of Fleer and in a couple years the company as collectors knew it would be gone.  But this was back when relics were labeled as Game-worn.  Not player touched, not player-worn, but used in an actual game.  Back when we had competition in the trading card market and companies had to try and give a damn.  (Get off my lawn you kids!!)

This set also has a patch parallel numbered to 10, the base card numbered to 1999 and a gold version of the base card unnumbered.




Wednesday, September 27, 2017

2002 Donruss Classics Timeless Treasures Chicago National Parallel Promo

Year: 2002
Manufacturer: Donruss
Set: Donruss Classics
Card Number: 175
Card Type: Parallel/Promo
Parallel/Promo Type: Chicago National 
Card Attributes: Serial Numbered
Serial Number: 2/5


I'm pretty sure I don't own any 1 of 1 cards featuring Robin.  So this card, numbered to just 5, is probably one the rarest I have.  It took me a little research to figure out exactly what I had.  The card is stamped with the National Logo, but it's hard to read.  I'm not sure if these were prizes or inserted into packs or part of a VIP bag.  If anyone knows let me know.

I'm sure I got this off of eBay way back in the day, but how much I paid for it has been lost to the winds of time, but I doubt it was super expensive, because even before I had a mortgage, wife, and child I was pretty frugal with my card spending.  But who knows?  Still a great card from the height of insert/parallel frenzy that was the early 2000s.





Wednesday, September 20, 2017

2017 Topps Triple Threads Yount card checklist and gallery

Robin has a couple relic autos in this years set.  I'll archive images of the cards here as I find them.

2017 Topps Triple Threads Autograph Relics #TTAR-RY1  #/18 (relics spell: AL MVP AS SS & CF)
2017 Topps Triple Threads Autograph Relics #TTAR-RY2  #/18 (relics spell: Robin the Batman)
2017 Topps Triple Threads Autograph Relics #TTAR-RY1 Gold  #/9
2017 Topps Triple Threads Autograph Relics #TTAR-RY2 Gold #/9
2017 Topps Triple Threads Autograph Relics #TTAR-RY1 Sapphire #/3
2017 Topps Triple Threads Autograph Relics #TTAR-RY2 Sapphire #/3
2017 Topps Triple Threads Autograph Relics #TTAR-RY1 Ruby #/1
2017 Topps Triple Threads Autograph Relics #TTAR-RY2 Ruby #/1
2017 Topps Triple Threads Autograph Relics #TTAR-RY1 Wood #/1
2017 Topps Triple Threads Autograph Relics #TTAR-RY2 Wood #/1
2017 Topps Triple Threads Autograph Relics #TTAR-RY1 White Whale Black Printing Plate #/1
2017 Topps Triple Threads Autograph Relics #TTAR-RY2 White Whale Black Printing Plate #/1
2017 Topps Triple Threads Autograph Relics #TTAR-RY1 White Whale Cyan Printing Plate #/1
2017 Topps Triple Threads Autograph Relics #TTAR-RY2 White Whale Cyan Printing Plate #/1
2017 Topps Triple Threads Autograph Relics #TTAR-RY1 White Whale Magenta Printing Plate #/1
2017 Topps Triple Threads Autograph Relics #TTAR-RY2 White Whale Magenta Printing Plate #/1
2017 Topps Triple Threads Autograph Relics #TTAR-RY1 White Whale Yellow Printing Plate #/1
2017 Topps Triple Threads Autograph Relics #TTAR-RY2 White Whale Yellow Printing Plate #/1