Tuesday, December 16, 2014

2003 Topps Gallery Hall of Fame Artifacts Bat Relic

Card manufacturer: Topps
Card Set: Topps Gallery
Year: 2003
Card Number: AR-RY
Card Type: Insert
Insert Set: ARTifact
Insert Type: Relic
Relic Type: Bat

Topps Gallery was a staple in the market for quite a few years starting in 1996 till it's last issue in 2005.  In 2003 Topps put out two Gallery sets.  The regular and a Hall of Fame edition, with you know Hall of Famers.

Robin has a bunch of cards in the set with parallels and variations.  Even his ARTifact bat relic has a couple parallels and he even has a couple autographs in the set, although I can't remember ever seeing them.

I was able to snag this base relic from COMC during Black Friday for cheap.  I really kind of miss Topps Gallery.  Topps actually paid artists to produce this, not just run a photo through a Photoshop filter.
The artist for this card is Stephen Gardner, which is acknowledged on the base cards.  Packs and boxes still command a premium with packs going for $8-9 buck and boxes going for about $150-200.

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