Thursday, May 26, 2016

2016 Topps Archives Yount Checklist and Gallery

This years Archives Baseball checklist is out and while it still might not be complete you know with parallel print runs and such I'd figure I'd start a post to archive Robin's cards.  Robin is featured in the base set and also has at least one autograph card in the set.  Robin's card is #12 and that puts it in the 1953 design.  I have to say I like it when Robin gets featured in a design for a year he didn't play in.

Here's the list, I'll update print runs for the parallels when they get announced and add any unannounced parallels.

2016 Topps Archives #12
2016 Topps Archives #12 Blue Border #/199
2016 Topps Archives #12 Red Border #/50
2016 Topps Archives #12 Black Border #/1
2016 Topps Archives #12 Black Printing Plate 1/1
2016 Topps Archives #12 Cyan Printing Plate 1/1
2016 Topps Archives #12 Magenta Printing Plate 1/1
2016 Topps Archives #12 Yellow Printing Plate 1/1
2016 Topps Archives Topps Originals Autographs 1976 Topps #/10

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Yount at the National

Just a heads up as the National is still about 3 months away.  As usual the guest line up is pretty spectacular and Robin will be signing on Sunday August 7th.  Prices and times haven't been posted yet and I'll try to remember to post an update.

Monday, May 23, 2016

1990 Bowman

Year: 1990
Manufacturer: Topps
Set: Bowman Baseball
Card Number: 404
Card Type: Base

I can remember when Topps resurrected the Bowman brand in 1989 it was a big deal.  Now we had two sets to chase. And yes if you had a little extra money you could go after the premium Stadium Club.  This was the start of what we have today with lots and lots of sets, but not as many as the mid 2000's.  Bowman had pretty much been extinct since Topps bought them out in 1956 and later Topps would rebrand Bowman as its premier prospects and rookies set.  In 1989 Topps also issued the cards with the original Bowman dimensions.  Which was neat, but a huge pain in the ass for collector's to store.  So in 1990 Topps just went back to the regular 2x3 dimensions.  This year's set was definitely all about the player.  Huge photo, minimal logo and wordage, same super crowded back.  The rainbow borders are a bit distracting and  remind me of Mork and Mindy, which was still in heavy syndication in 1990.  Overall still a great card and set and like everything from 1990 mega over produced so cards and sets are still super cheap.

Friday, May 20, 2016

2005 Leaf Cornerstones

Year: 2005
Manufacturer: Donruss
Set: Leaf Baseball
Card Number: C-19
Card Type: Insert
Insert Set: Cornerstones

There's nothing I like better than a card that has my two favorite Brewers of all time on it.  Over the years Robin has shared cardboard with lots of different players, both Brewers and non-Brewers alike.  But I have to say the cards he shares with Molly are the best.  Like all sets from Donruss in 2005 this set has a lot of inserts and a lot of parallels.  Cornerstones also had relic versions, but Robin and Paul aren't featured in any of those parallels.  All we get is this shiny base card.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

2003 Donruss Champions Base

Year: 2003
Manufacturer: Donruss
Set: Champions
Card Number: 150
Card Type: Base

2003 was a year that if you were a set collector trying to put together every set you were screwed.  I may be wrong, but 2003 marked the pinnacle of the over crowded card market.  Not the over production, just the super saturation of the market with different sets.  If memory serves me there were over 400 sets produced that year.  That's more than one set a day!  I can remember walking into Don's Sportscards and just being overwhelmed.  But for a guy who liked to open a few packs of new stuff it was also kind of fun.  Sad thing is now I walk into the store and the shelves are mostly bare as new products are few and far between, especially with Topps starting to do online exclusive products more regularly.  I had always hoped there would be a happy medium, but that won't happen while Topps has the monopoly.  

But I digress.  2003 was a light year for Robin Yount cards. The Trading Card Database only lists 162 cards for him.  Compare that to 2005 with over 1000.   Champions focused on, well, champions and award winners.  Robin's card commemorates his 1989 MVP season.  The set also features a couple parallels.  The Metalized numbered to 100 and the Holofoil numbered to just 25 copies, I'm not sure if I've ever seen any of those cards and I definitely haven't seen any of his autograph parallels.  Most likely because there are only 5.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

2016 Topps Series 1 Berger's Best insert

Year: 2016
Manufacturer: Topps
Set: Flaghip
Card Type: Insert
Insert Set Berger's Best
Card Number: BB-26

I made a pretty big stink when this card came out earlier this year.  I was pretty dumb struck by the egregious error Topps made when referencing one of their own cards.  If your a fan of this blog or Robin Yount and his baseball cards you know that Robin's first issued card was in 1975.  The 1975 set is pretty iconic with other great rookie cards like George Brett and Gary Carter to name a few.  While it's true that Robin's rookie year was 1974 Topps also seems to think it was the year they issued his first card.

Ahem, anyway.  Seems like every year Topps also has to put out a reprint insert and Berger's Best is this year's reprint insert. At least for Series 1.  This insert also has relic, autograph and autograph relic parallels and Robin is included in all three of those sets too.

I guess I should just count my blessings they included Brewer and Robin in the set.  

Monday, May 16, 2016

2005 Leaf Century Collection Dual relic

Year: 2005
Manufacturer: Donruss
Set: Leaf Century Collection
Card Number: 119
Card Type: Insert
Insert Set: Material Fabric Position
Card Attributes: Jersey Relic, Serial Numbered
Serial Number: 012/250

I really liked this set back when it came out and the more I look at the cards I still like it.  Besides the endless sea of parallels there were some really nice hits in this product.  This card however, even if it is technically a hit, is one of those endless parallel cards.  The base card had a bunch of parallels and relic parallels and autograph parallels.  This relic is in the Material Fabric Position set.  I know catchy.  Besides this card Robin had 2 more jersey relics, a bat relic and a couple autos.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

2003 Fleer Fall Classic Base

Year: 2003
Manufacturer: Fleer
Set: Fall Classic
Card Number: 8
Card Type: Base

Nothing like a good old base card from the early aughts. Fleer was near the end of it's life as a stand alone company, but still putting out some nice sets.  By 2003 I think Fleer had pretty much foregone the low end market all together and just started focusing on mid to high end (for the time)  Will Fall Classic wasn't a wallet breaker I think it retailed around $5 a pack, it definitely wasn't a flaghip product.  The set focused mainly on World Series winners, but thankfully there are a few other notable players that didn't win a World Series.  Boxes had three hits two memorabilia cards and either another memorabilia card or autograph.

Robin is  featured in a few of the inserts and has some relics and autographs.  He's even paired up with the other Brewer great Paul Molitor on some cool cards.