Wednesday, July 29, 2015

2014 Panini Hall of Fame 75th Anniversary Blue Shield Red Parallel

Year: 2014
Manufacturer: Panini
Set: Hall of Fame 75th Anniversary
Card Number: 83
Card Type: Base Variation Parallel
Variation Type: Blue Shield
Parallel: Red Foil
Card Attributes: Serial Numbered
Serial Number: 21/50

In the past Topps has put out some pretty interesting set configurations.  So I'll assume this is Panini's attempt not to be outdone.  I'll do my best to break down the set for you before we get to Robin's card.  The base set consisted of 100 players, each of those players had 3 base card variations all numbered to just 75.  So right there the base cards are super rare.  On top of that each of those 3 base cards had 5 color parallels (red, blue, green, gold, and black) all very low numbered.  Robin had a bunch of other insert cards in the set also very low numbered.  I have a complete checklist and some images here.

This is my first card of Robin's from the set I've been able to acquire.  This is another deal I found on COMC.   This might be the priciest of the cards I had in my last shipment, but it was still under $5.

What I have here is Robin's Blue Shield variation Red foil parallel.  The other two variations are a green shield and a red shield and they use different photos for all three cards.

Not a bad first card to add to the collection.  Overall it is what it is.  The backs look very similar to Panini's other Cooperstown offerings.  Back in October of last year I had stated that I'd like to at least get a set of the base cards.  That's proving to be a little harder than I thought.  Both from the price point and just the general availability, but that's all part of the fun of the chase.

Monday, July 27, 2015

2015 Panini Donruss All Time Diamond Kings Silver Press Proof

Year: 2015
Card Manufactuer: Panini
Card Set: Donruss
Card Number: 8
Card Type: Insert Parallel
Insert Set: All Time Diamond Kings
Parallel Set: Silver Press Proof
Card Attributes: Serial Numbered
Serial Number: 40/49

Another card I picked up using my free store credit over at COMC.  When I acquired Robin's base card from this set I didn't really think I'd be able to pick up either of the two parallels, because they were so low numbered and I am so cheap.  As a matter of fact, I picked this card up right after I bitched about how it's so hard to find good deals at COMC anymore.  

I won't rehash my evaluation on the card I think I did that well enough when I posted the base card.  I still can't get over the fact that it looks like Robin is in a Cubs uniform though.  

I am glad to be able to add this card to the collection and I did it fairly cheap.  I make no illusions I'd doubt I'll see the Gold parallel version.  Those are numbered to just 10 and I've only seen one come to auction.

Friday, July 24, 2015

2014 Topps High Tek Base Wave Pattern

Year: 2014
Manufacturer: Topps
Set: High Tek
Card Number: HT-RY
Card Type: Base
Design: Wave Pattern

It's taken awhile, but I finally have Robin's base card in last year's Topps High Tek.  For a refresher the set consisted of 12 variations, 6 for the National League, and 6 for the American League.  This wave pattern is the base card for the American League set.  There were also diffractor parallels and diffractor autograph cards in the set, but they only paralleled this design.  This card comes by the way of COMC.  I've been slowly completing their challenges and building up store credit.  And slowly acquiring cards.  I've bitched about how deals are hard to find on the site now, but every now and then I was able to score some great cards at a great price.  This was one of those cards.  I ended up finally building up enough credit to pay for postage and decided the time was right to ship.  In all I had 10 cards shipped, 9 Younts and 1 Frank Thomas.  I'll be posting those Younts in the future.

I'm glad I can finally add this guy to the collection.  I already picked up the two rarest variations last year so now it's just filling in holes.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

2015 Panini Cooperstown Robin Yount checklist and gallery

I just saw that the Cooperstown checklist had been posted.  So here is the checklist for all of Robin's cards in the set, I'll be adding images as I find them.

Base #82
Base #82 Red Parallel #/35
Base #82 Blue Parallel #/25
Base #82 Green Parallel #/10
Base #82 Gold Parallel #/5
Base #82 Holosilver #/1
Base #82 Black Printing Plate #/1
Base #82 Cyan Printing Plate #/1
Base #82 Magenta Printing Plate #/1
Base #82 Yellow Printing Plate #/1
Etched in Cooperstown #60 Silver base
Etched in Cooperstown #60 Holosilver parallel #/25
Etched in Cooperstown #60 Gem Ruby parallel#/15
Etched in Cooperstown #60 Gold Parallel #/10
Etched in Cooperstown #60 Gem Sapphire Parallel #/10
Etched in Cooperstown #60 Gem Emerald Parallel #/5
Etched in Cooperstown #60 Hologold parallel#/5
Etched in Cooperstown #60 Gem Diamond parallel#/1
Etched in Cooperstown #60 Blue parallel #/1
Etched in Cooperstown Dual w/ Molitor #11 Silver base
Etched in Cooperstown Dual w/ Molitor #11 Holosilver parallel #/25
Etched in Cooperstown Dual w/ Molitor #11 Gem Ruby parallel #/15
Etched in Cooperstown Dual w/ Molitor #11 Gold parallel #/10
Etched in Cooperstown Dual w/ Molitor #11 Gem Sapphire parallel #/10
Etched in Cooperstown Dual w/ Molitor #11 Gem Emerald parallel #/5
Etched in Cooperstown Dual w/ Molitor #11 Hologold parallel #/5
Etched in Cooperstown Dual w/ Molitor #11 Gem Diamond parallel #/1
Etched in Cooperstown Dual w/ Molitor #11 Blue parallel #/1
HOF Chronicles #82
HOF Chronicles #82 Red parallel #/35
HOF Chronicles #82 Blue parallel #/25
HOF Chronicles #82 Green parallel #/10
HOF Chronicles #82 Gold parallel #/5
HOF Chronicles #82 Holosilver #/1
HOF Chronicles #82 Black Printing Plate #/1
HOF Chronicles #82 Cyan Printing Plate #/1
HOF Chronicles #82 Magenta Printing Plate #/1
HOF Chronicles #82 Yellow Printing Plate #/1
HOF Crown Royal Die-Cut #82
HOF Crown Royal Die-Cut #82 Silver Parallel #/75
HOF Crown Royal Die-Cut #82 Purple Parallel #/50
HOF Crown Royal Die-Cut #82 Blue Parallel #/25
HOF Crown Royal Die-Cut #82 Gold Parallel #/10
HOF Crown Royal Die-Cut #82 Green Parallel #/5
HOF Crown Royal Die-Cut #82 Black #/1
HOF Cut Signatures #82 #/5
HOF Diamond Kings ReCollection Collection Autographs #83  #/5
HOF Induction #82
HOF Induction #82 Red parallel #/35
HOF Induction #82 Blue parallel #/25
HOF Induction #82 Green parallel #/10
HOF Induction #82 Gold parallel #/5
HOF Induction #82 Holosilver #/1
HOF Induction #82 Black Printing Plate #/1
HOF Induction #82 Cyan Printing Plate #/1
HOF Induction #82 Magenta Printing Plate #/1
HOF Induction #82 Yellow Printing Plate #/1
HOF Induction Images #26
HOF Induction Images #26 Gold Parallel #/25
HOF Induction Images #26 Black Paralle #/1
HOF Induction Signatures #41
HOF Induction Signatures #41 Blue Parallel #/5
HOF Induction Signatures #41 Red Parallel #/5
HOF Induction Signatures #41 Gold Parallel #/1
HOF Induction Signatures #41 Green Parallel #/1
HOF Induction Signatures #41 Black Parallel #/1
HOF Induction Dual Signatures #16 with George Brett #/5
HOF Induction Dual Signatures #18  with Orlando Cepeda #/5
HOF Induction Dual Signatures #19 with Nolan Ryan #/5
HOF Signatures #39
HOF Signatures #39 Red #/5
HOF Signatures #39 Blue #/5
HOF Signatures #39 Green #/1
HOF Signatures #39 Gold #/1
HOF Signatures #39 Black #/1
2014 HOF Crusades ReCollection Collection #83  #/5

So if I've transposed this right according to the spreadsheet Panini release there should be 75 total new cards.  It's nice to see some of the autographs are unnumbered so they might be attainable.

Crown Royale Silver Parallel

Crown Royale Blue Parallel

Etched in Cooperstown Sapphire Parallel #/10

New Yount Alerts July 2015

I was bummed to find Robin wasn't included in any capacity in this year's Allen and Ginter, but Panini is also putting out it's Cooperstown set today.  I've seen a couple preview images from Panini's blog featuring Robin, but the checklist has not been released yet so I'm not sure how many cards he has in the set and how many parallels.  Here are the two images Panini has released.

 The Blue Molitor/Yount card is numbered to just 10 and the one below I think is numbered to 25.

When Panini finally releases the checklist I'll have a full list of Yount cards in the set.

Monday, July 20, 2015

2009 Topps Tribute base

Year: 2009
Card Manufacturer: Topps
Card Set: Tribute
Card Number: 56
Card Type: Base

I've always liked Tribute.  I don't like the steep price for boxes and packs, but I do love the look of the cards, the parallels, the inserts, and the hits.  Robin has been featured pretty consistently since Tribute came out in the early 2000's.

The card looks great in hand, it doesn't scan too well, like most shiny cards.  We get a great posed fielding shot of Robin in a classic mid-70's uniform.  As a matter of fact we can place this photo somewhere between 1974 and 1977.  I'm sure it's been used before, but not so much I can place the photo or the  usage elsewhere.

On the back we get the standard write up and career stats.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

2010 Topps Sterling

Card Manufacturer: Topps
Year: 2010
Card Set: Sterling
Card Number: 52
Card Type: Base
Card Attributes: Serial Numbered
Serial Number: 170/250

I figured I might as well put Robin's Sterling card from the last year of the issue.  I'm not sure why Topps discontinued the brand.  I remember it being fairly popular, even with sticker autos.  Not that I'm advocating Topps to put out another high end product few of use can afford.

True to form base cards were numbered to only 250 and featured a player on foilboard framed.  This year every box or I guess you could call it pack, since there was one pack per box, had a theme.  There were lots of themes and I'm not sure which theme Robin fell under and I couldn't find a comprehensive list of themes anywhere. Each pack had 3 base cards, a relic card and autograph or auto relic #/10 or less.  Each box also had a mystery pack with a framed base parallel or a cut signature.

Overall the design isn't that much different from years past and the image used was and is a heavily used one.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

2009 Topps Sterling base

Year: 2009
Manufacturer: Topps
Set: Sterling
Card Number: 72
Card Type: Base
Card Attributes: Serial Numbered
Serial Number: 074/250

The second to last year of Topps Sterling.  This year was a little bit of let down with the 2008 set having so my Robin in it.  This year he gets a lone base card and all the parallels, plus a nice selection of relics and autographed cards.  But that pales in comparison to the 2008 release were he had 10 base cards and what seemed like hundreds and hundreds of relic autograph cards.  

This year the base card, still numbered to just 250, is framed in black with some cutouts at the top.  Sorry for the terrible scan, looks like I really needed to clean the scanner before that one.  It's hard to tell, but the card is set up like a shadowbox with the frame being raised up and Robin's photo is on foilboard or something like that.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

2011 Topps Gypsy Queen Bronze Framed Parallel

Year: 2011
Manufacturer: Topps
Set: Gypsy Queen
Card Number: 61
Card Type: Parallel
Parallel Set: Bronze Framed
Card Attributes: Framed, Serial Numbered
Serial Number: 362/999

The color framed parallel is nothing new.  Donruss did it way back in 2004 with Diamond Kings. And Topps brought it back with Gypsy Queen in 2011.  The interesting thing is that only a portion of the set is paralleled with the framed treatment.  Robin's been featured a few years. And of course like any parallel there are levels and exclusives.  

I'm not a huge fan of gimmicks like this, but in this case it works well.  Especially for the 2011 set which mimicked the original 1887 Gypsy Queen set in design which was kind of bland.  The color and the frame add a nice, well... frame to showcase the player and make the background colors standout.