Thursday, May 28, 2015

2009 Topps Legends of the Game Gold Parallel

Year: 2009
Card Manufacturer: Topps
Card Set: Topps Baseball
Card Number: LG-RY
Card Type: Insert Parallel
Insert Set: Legends of the Game
Parallel: Gold
Card Attributes: Serial Numbered
Serial Number: 28/99

Might as well keep with the Gold theme this week.  The Legends of the Game insert ran through all three series of Topps Baseball in 2009.  Robin's card appeared in Series 2.  We can tell this by the labeling on the back.  Series 1 cards were labeled with numbers like LG1...LG13 etc.  Series 2 featured the lettering with the players initials like Robin's here LG-RY, and the Update series went back to numbering but the prefix included a U for Update, like LGU1.

There were three levels of the base insert, plus relics and autographs.  Robin does have an extremely rare autograph with this insert set.  And by rare, I mean of 1 of 1.  Robin isn't included in the relic set, but does have the base and two parallels, gold and platinum. 

The green border of the base insert is replaced with a golden border and is numbered to just 99.  The serial numbering is a little camouflaged just under Robin's name.  It would probably have been better placed off to the side then right under the name on the shield.  

It's also refreshing to see an image that hasn't been used a hundred times.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

2011 Topps Tribute Gold Parallel

Card Manufactuer: Topps
Year: 2011
Card Set: Topps Tribute
Card Number: 26
Card Type: Base Parallel
Parallel Set: Gold
Card Attributes: Serial Numbered
Serial Number: 24/50

This card was feature on the blog many years ago after I picked it up.  And I can remember exactly where I got it, which can't be said for every card in the collection.  I was at one of rare, and now nonexistent, card shows here in Anchorage and I was thumbing though a miscellaneous box of cards and this popped out at me.  It's rare for me to find cards of Robin's at these shows and even rarer to find ones I don't already have and are this hard to find.  I asked the seller how much he wanted for it and he wasn't sure what it was worth, so I threw $5 out there and he quickly accepted.  Made me wonder if I could have gotten it for less, but I was more than happy to put a Honest Abe down for the card.  At the time these were going for about twice that on eBay and being a very low numbered parallel hard to find to begin with.  After figuring in what I would have paid in shipping alone my offer and purchase price was more than fair for me.

It's a great looking card, shiny, gold. I was going to make an outdated Austin Powers: Goldmember joke, but I won't.  I also like the image is a one not over used.  Probably not the best image, but at least it's different.  

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

2012 Topps Golden Giveaway Golden Moments Online Exclusive Gold Parallel Die Cut

Year: 2012
Card Manufacturer: Topps
Card Set: Golden Giveaway Golden Moments Die Cut
Card Number: GMDC-42
Card Type: Parallel
Parallel: Gold
Card Attributes: Die-cut, serial numbered
Serial Number: 50/99

2012 marked the third year of Topps' online giveaways and code redemptions.  I don't remember a whole lot about the promotion, because I ended up selling all of my code cards because I live in Alaska and the contest was void in Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and just about everywhere else that wasn't the 48 contiguous United States.  However I do remember that you had the possibility of winning real cards.  It's a little confusing because that same year Topps also produced a Golden Moments insert card that ran through all three series. 

 There were three levels of cards, the base card, the gold version, featured here and numbered to 99, and a 24k Gold infused card numbered to 1.

A cool card when it came out and still a great card to look at.  Like usual the scan doesn't capture how shiny this card it.  The surface is also protected with a peel off film, you can kind of see it starting to peel away on the corners. The back is the same as the base card and the serial numbering is holofoil. 

Monday, May 25, 2015

2002 Topps 206 Piedmont Black Back Mini Blue Jersey

Card Manufacturer: Topps
Year: 2002
Card Set: Topps 206
Card Number: 289
Card Type: Mini Parallel Variation
Parallel Type: Mini Piedmont Black back
Variation: Blue Jersey

I really like the 2002 Topps 206 set.  I opened quite a bit of it back in 2002.  My card collecting has had some  hills and valleys in terms of what I collected and opened in my life and 2002 marked a definite resurgence in my collecting.  Spurred by Robin being featured in a lot of the sets with some great cards and it's also the year I started using eBay.  The 206 set marked the start of Topps' vintage brands that were not just reprints or reuses of their old brands.  And while this set isn't the first modern set to insert tobacco sized mini's, that honor goes to the 1999 Pacific Private Stock set, it does mark the starting point where they become a lot more common.  It also is the start of the manufactured short print in the base set.

Topps 206 was issued in three series for a total of 526 base cards.  Robin's two cards are found in the second series.  Not all, but some players had multiple variations to mimic the variations found in the original T-206 set.  Robin has two variations, one featuring him in a blue jersey and the other in pinstripes with a bat on his shoulder. He also has all the mini parallels that goes with that.  Each series had their own backs. Series 2 featured Polar Bear, Piedmont red and black backs, and the rarest Carolina Brights.

This product was a blast to open with the possibility of original T206 cards, I pulled one of those, some great autographs, I pulled a Joe Mauer rookie auto, and some great relics featuring players from the modern era and the T206 era.  

Saturday, May 23, 2015

2003 Topps All-Time Fan Favorites Best Seat in the House Seat Relic with Paul Molitor and Rollie Fingers

Card Manufactuer: Topps
Year: 2003
Card Set: All-Time Fan Favorites
Card Number: BS4
Card Type: Insert
Insert Set: Best Seat in the House Relics
Card Attributes: County Stadium Seat Relic

This year Major League Baseball ran a Franchise Four promotion that asked fans who are the four players that define your franchise.  The results won't be revealed till the All-Star Game, but while scanning cards I came across this gem in my collection and it pretty much summed up who my Franchise Three would be.  It's a toss up for the fourth spot, but without a doubt my one, two, three.  Yount, Molly, and Rollie in that order.  I love these odd relics.  Seat relics aren't new, but it beats the old bat or jersey relic.

Friday, May 22, 2015

2005 Playoff Prestige Prestigious Pros Red parallel

Card Manufacturer: Playoff/Donruss
Year: 2005
Card Number: PP-19
Card Set: Playoff Prestige
Card Type: Insert Parallel
Insert Set: Prestigious Pros
Parallel: Red Foil
Card Attributes: Serial Numbered
Serial Number: 639/700

If you're a player collector and are lucky, or maybe unlucky, enough to have had a player featured in some the products from the mid-nineties there are endless parallels and variations to chase.  Take Robin's 2005 Playoff Prestige Prestigious Pros insert.  There are at least 10 color parallels, not to mention the relic parallels and autographs.  I keep finding new stuff out about these sets all the time. 

According to my spreadsheet this is the only Prestigious Pros I own currently, so I have lots to chase.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

2010 Topps Update Turkey Red Insert

Card Manufacturer: Topps
Year: 2010
Card Set: Update Series Baseball
Card Number: TR145
Card Type: Insert
Insert Set: Turkey Red

This year is the first year Topps hasn't included some mini, retro, or vintage insert in it's flagship set. But back in 2010 the insert was Turkey Red and it ran through Series 1 and 2 and Update.  Of course Topps also released a Turkey Red insert in 2009 and 3 full sets of Turkey Red from 2005 to 2007 and offered  smaller sets exclusively online in 2013 and 2014.  

The 2009 and 2010 sets are some of my favorites and an insert set I actively sought to complete.  I finished off the 2010 set pretty quickly and I still need 11 more cards to complete the 2009 set.  And while I fell in love with these insert sets I made no move to aquire any of the other stand alone products other than cards for my Brewers team sets.

Robin's card was found in Topps Update, as 50 cards were released in each series.

It's a great looking card even if the photo used has graced lots of other cards.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

2010 Topps MLB Logoman Manurelic

Card Manufacturer: Topps
Year: 2010
Card Set: Finest
Card Number: LM-45
Card Type:Insert
Insert Set: Logoman Manurelic
Card Attributes: Manurelic, Serial Numbered
Serial Number: 16/50

If you haven't noticed I've been featuring 2010 cards for the past few posts.  I've been working through my collection and scanning cards front and back and just happen to have been working on my 2010 Younts.  It's fun to revisit certain years and 2010 was a big one of me.  I got a new job, moved, and eventually bought a house all that year and Robin had some great cards.

One that I was really excited about when it came out was this one.  The Logoman cards were spread out though lots of different Topps products that year.  Robin's card could be found in Topps Finest if I remember right. 

Numbered to only 50 copies and there are no parallels.  This was it. The scan doesn't really do the card justice as this card is very shiny and looks great in hand.  These were tough to find back in 2010 and almost impossible to find now.  And next to the manufactured Bat Barrel cards is probably one of my favorite cards from this year.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

2010 Topps National Chicle Bazooka Back

Card Manufacturer: Topps
Year: 2010
Card Set: National Chicle
Card Number: 210
Card Type: Base Parallel
Parallel Type: Bazooka Back

A one and done product by Topps back in 2010 National Chicle brought back the 1930's issue with some great art cards.  I have a feeling this set was fairly expensive to produce. All the autos were on card and all the cards were actually painted.  Add to that that Topps already producing other vintage sets.  Chicle was most likely replaced with Gypsy Queen the following year.  The set falls in the low to mid range and while not cheap it was affordable.  Each box promised 2 autos, a relic, and a box loader.  The base cards also had a bunch of parallels, some very rare and low numbered other like this Bazooka back were unnumbered and a little easier to find.  The Bazooka back could be considered the third tier in rarity behind the base and National Chicle backs.

The artist for this card was Mike Kupka.  On the  back of the base cards the artist gets a nice write up.  Mike has his own blog too you can find it here, although he hasn't posted on it in quite some time.

Overall Mike did a great job on Robin's card, the same can't be said for all the cards in the set for all 13 artists, but there are some great looking cards.

Monday, May 18, 2015

2010 Topps Update Black Bat Barrel Parallel Manurelic

Manufacturer: Topps
Year: 2010
Set: Topps Baseball Update Series
Card Number: MBB-156
Card Type: Insert Parallel
Insert Set: Manufactured Bat Barrels
Parallel Type: Black Bat Barrel
Card Attributes: Manufactured Relic, Serial Numbered
Serial Number: 09/25

Love them or hate them Topps Manufactured relics are probably here to stay.  And while Topps' creations are hit or miss, sometimes they're a grand slam.  When Topps put out these bat barrel replicas in the 2010 Update Series it was s culmination on a year of interesting ideas.  But these were by far the best of the bunch.  These cards are incredibly think and the scan does not do the card justice.  They came in a couple varieties.  The base card was numbered to 99 and the ultra rare pink barrel was numbered to just one, but for my money the black bat barrels were the best looking.

2015 Topps Tier One Yount Checklist and Gallery

Topps third high end product of the year delivers what's sure to be some awesome Yount cards that's I'll probably never own, but I'll add images of stuff I find for archival purposes.

Here's whats featured in the released checklist.

Acclaimed Autographs AA-RY #/50
Acclaimed Autographs AA-RY Red Ink #/25 (Bronze Ink?)
Acclaimed Autographs AA-RY Silver Ink #/10
Acclaimed Autographs AA-RY Gold Ink 1/1
Clear One Autographs COA-RY #/25
Dual Autograph Relic Book Cards TODAR-TY Robin Yount - Troy Tulowitzki #/10
Limited Lumber LL-RY #/1

Thursday, May 14, 2015

2015 Topps Gypsy Queen Silver Mini

Card Manufacturer: Topps
Card Set: Gypsy Queen
Year: 2015
Card Number: 21
Card Type: Insert Parallel
Insert Type: Mini 
Parallel Type: Silver 
Card Attributes: Serial Numbered
Serial Number 039/199

I recently added a few of Robin's 2015 Gypsy Queen cards.  My favorite out of the bunch was this numbered Silver Mini parallel card.  Robin's been featured in just about every Gypsy Queen release and has all the mini parallels and framed parallels that go along with that this year.  I like this year's card. The classic pose and the very vibrant jersey really pop on the card.