Thursday, December 27, 2018

1984 7-11 Slurpee Disc - Central Region

Year: 1984
Manufacture: ??  7-11
Set: 7-11 Slurpee Discs
Number: 2 or II
Type: Central Region Variation (E)

This last Black Friday haul from COMC I was able to fill a bunch of holes in the collection and close the books on a few sets.  The 1984 7-11 Slurpee coin set has 3 variations based on where the coins were distributed.  The variation or location was denoted by the letter under the disc numbering.  The three regions were East, West, and Central.

The East coins have a H, the West coins have a K, and the Central have a E.  Other than that the coins are identical.

Robin does have coin in the 1985 set, but only in the Great Lake Region set, and if in the 1986 Triple star set in the Central Region set.

Friday, December 21, 2018

2016 Panini Diamond Kings - Heritage Collection Sapphire

Year: 2016
Manufacture: Panini
Set: Diamond Kings
Card Number: HC1
Card Type: Insert Parallel
Insert Set: Heritage Collection
Parallel Set: Sapphire
Card Attributes: Serial Numbered
Serial Number: 11/25

Continuing with my 2018 Black Friday haul from COMC is the rarest of the Younts I picked up over that last year.  I actually bought this one way back in February.  It was hard to pass up for a little over $3.  The sapphire parallel numbered to only 25 is the only parallel for this set and the blue foil really pops in hand and doesn't look to bad scanned as well.  I'm surprised I found a copy of this card at all, let alone for so cheap.  And I'm really glad I was able to add this one to the collection.

Thursday, December 20, 2018

1991 Topps Stand Ups Candy Dispenser

Year: 1991
Manufacturer: Topps
Set: Stand-ups
Card Number: 36
Type: Candy Dispenser

The most oddball of the oddballs picked up this Black Friday from COMC was this 1991 Topps Stand-ups candy dispenser.  It reminds us that Topps was first and foremost a candy company, at least they use to be.  These dispensers are only about 2 inches tall, it was a lot small that I expected.  You can still find boxes of these unopened.  They came in a blind bags, meaning you couldn't see what was inside.  I'm not sure what filled it up, I would assume a chalky sweet pill like a Pez, but I could be wrong, anybody remember?  My dispenser came empty, which is fine with me, I don't need 25+ year old candy.  There is also a clear plastic variation to hunt down.

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

1991 Miller High Life SGA

Year: 1991
Manufacturer: ?? Miller Beer maybe
Set: Miller High Life SGA
Card Number: NNO
Card Type: Oddball, Base

Continuing with my COMC Black Friday haul a great oddball pick up.  Miller Brewing teamed up with the Brewers in 1990 and again in this 1991 set.  While the Standard Catalog doesn't state that this was a stadium giveaway, the 1990 set was and I would assume this set was also given away at a game.  I featured Robin's 1990 card back in 2017.  I have no idea what company actually produced this, but the quality and style are in line with the Brewers Police cards of the time.  Not a bad looking set with a nice clear photo on the front and full stats on the back.  The set has 32 cards and even has cards that feature manager Tom Trebelhorn and coaching staff.

Monday, December 17, 2018

1984 Topps Nestle

Year: 1984
Set: Topps Nestle
Card Number: 10
Card Type: Oddball, Base

Keeping with the theme of cards I thought I already had or probably should have had is Robin's 1984 Topps Nestle premium card.  But after doing a little research it's not surprising I didn't have one.  According to the Standard Catalog and other online sources this set was sold as a premium, not sure how or though who, in 132 card uncut sheets.  The Catalog references and I quote "enterprising individuals" who bought most of the reported 4000 set production and had them professionally cut into individual cards.  Individual cards are easier to handle and store.  The set is a full parallel of the 792 1984 Topps set, and contains one of the rarer Mattingly rookies.  The only difference is the Nestle logo on the front and back when the Topps logo would have gone.  

Saturday, December 15, 2018

1989 Topps Ames 20/20 Club

Year: 1989
Manufacture: Topps
Set: Ames 20/20 Club
Card Number: 33

Next up from the 2018 COMC Black Friday haul is this 1989 Topps Ames 20/20 Club card.  Ames was a chain of department stores headquartered in Connecticut.  At it's height Ames had 700 stores in 20 states (thank you Wikipedia).  Ames teamed up with Topps in 1989 and again in 1990 to produce a couple box sets.  This is another card I swore I already owned.  I know I have multiple copies of Robin's 1990 Ames All-Stars card.  But for a couple quarters I filled another hole.  I guess I didn't realize when I picked this card out that it was so badly mis-cut, but that really doesn't bother me. 

 The 20/20 refers to a player getting 20 home runs and 20 stolen bases in a single season.  Like all the box sets from around this time it's chalked full of superstars and now HOFers.  Complete box sets can be found for cheaper than what these sold for in 1989.  These cards really do have a nice design and the super glossy fronts were a nice touch compared to the flagship cards of the day.

Friday, December 14, 2018

2018 Topps Transcendent Yount Checklist

Robin was featured in the art card checklist in the inaugural 2016 set.  This year Robin has one card, literally one card in 2018 Topps Transcendent set.  I'll add an image of it if it ever sees the light of day.

2018 Topps Transcendent 1952 Autographed SuperFractor #52S-RY  #/1

Thursday, December 13, 2018

1989 Fleer Glossy

Year: 1989
Manufacturer: Fleer
Set: Collector's Edition Glossy
Card Number: 200

I've got 26 new Younts, now 25, to go through that I just took possession of from COMC's Black Friday event.  Over the next couple months I'll be profiling each one, as each one is a new addition to the collection.  Next up is a card that I may very well already own.  Except I couldn't find one in the collection, it's not listed in my master excel checklist or listed on the blog, so for fifty cents I decided to make sure I added a copy to my order.  

Akin to the Topps Tiffany sets, Fleer put out these "Custom Coated Collector's Editions" from 1987 to 1989.  In this 1989 set Fleer printed the logo on the back and changed the back coloring so there was no confusing this from the base set, something the company didn't do in its 1987 and 1988 sets.  Other than that and the extreme glossiness of the front the card numbering and image are the same.

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

2013 Panini Cooperstown - Red Pennant box topper

Year: 2013
Manufacturer: Panini
Set: Cooperstown
Card Number: 16
Card Type: Box Topper
Insert  Set: Red Pennants

I just got in my Black Friday order from COMC.  Included in the box was 26 new Yount items.  Some I've had sitting in my portfolio for over a year and others I picked up during the Black Friday sale on the site.  One of those items is this 2013 Panini Cooperstown Red Pennant box topper.  This was by far the most expensive item I picked up during the sale, but I still got it for a really good price.  This and it's sister blue pennant have been incredibly ellusive.  I've only seen a couple of these pop up on eBay and most of the time they either go for way more than I want to spend or the price tag is way too high.  So when one of these popped up on COMC for less than $9 I couldn't resist finally adding it to the collection.  I'm not sure how rare either pennant is but from just from the sheer lack of seeing them very often I'd say they are pretty scarce.  2013 Cooperstown had a couple different box topper possibilities.  Besides the pennants there was also a die-cut Cooperstown Lumberjacks topper you could pull.  These are about 5-6 inches long and about 4 inches wide at the top and surprisingly stiff.  The pennants are a homage to the 1916 Ferguson Bakery pennants.  I'm still on the look out for its blue counterpart.

Thursday, December 6, 2018

1990 Bowman Art Card Variation

Year: 1990
Manufacture: Topps
Set: Bowman
Card Number: NNO
Card Type: Insert
Insert: Art Card contest

There recently was a thread going on over at the TCDB about single and double asterisk variations on the 1990 Bowman Art Card Contest Cards.  The overall discussion was iablout if this a parallel or just a variation?  I think in the end the cards were listed as a parallel and it's own separate set.  After doing a little research I've found out that this variations, err, or parallel was pretty prevalent through out a lot of Topps sets, especially their non-sport sets.  The asterisks has to do with printing and printing plate designations, of which I'm still not sure I fully understand.  I will say that as far as Robin goes the other card I know that this affects is his 1977 cloth sticker.

Regardless the difference is small and fairly minor, but for completists I'm pointing this out, because it's most likely you already have both versions in your collection, like I did.  

2018 Topps Dynasty Robin Yount Checklist and Gallery

Robin is featured in this year's Dynasty product.  Robin is listed on the autograph relic checklist.  In total he has 16 total cards to be found.  The base auto relic numbered to 10, a parallel numbered to 5 and a 1 of 1.  Topps checklist does not have card designations on them, but I'll add the "numbering" when and if cards start showing up.  The two parallels look to be blue #/5 and a gold #/1 from the mock ups.

Edit 12/7/18 - with the first Yount listed on ebay Robin as at least 2 cards in the set, as more come to the market I'll update the checklist if needed.

2018 Topps Dynasty Autograph Relic AP-RY1 #/10
2018 Topps Dynasty Autograph Relic AP-RY2 #/10
2018 Topps Dynasty Autograph Relic AP-RY1 Blue #/5
2018 Topps Dynasty Autograph Relic AP-RY2 Blue #/5
2018 Topps Dynasty Autograph Relic AP-RY1 Gold #/1
2018 Topps Dynasty Autograph Relic AP-RY1 Gold #/1

AP-RY2  #/10

Saturday, December 1, 2018

2018 Panini National Treasures Base Bat Card

Year: 2018
Manufacturer: Panini
Set: National Treasures
Card Number: 125
Card Type: Base Relic
Relic Type: Bat
Card Attributes: Relic, Serial Numbered
Serial Number: 78/99

Lately I've been incredibly selective when it comes to what I'm spending my collecting money on.  I'll be honest I'm kind of done with eBay, both buying and selling.  But every now and then I do find a great deal or score a great card at a great price.  I ended up picking this card up back in early November and took it home for less than $6 delivered.  I have a hard time paying up for Panini products, but winning the card for less than the cost of shipping was pretty sweet.  And adding a low numbered relic from one of Panini's premium brands is always a boon for me.  It's not my favorite card. Maybe it's the airbrushed out logos and off color uniforms are starting to get to me.  But a Yount card is a Yount card and they'll always have a place in the collection.

Friday, November 16, 2018

1990 Topps Glossy Send In

Year: 1990
Manufacturer: Topps
Set: Glossy All-Stars and Hot Prospects Send Ins
Card Number: 15

For many year's Topps offered a couple different special offer send in sets advertised on cards inserted into wax packs.  What always bothered me was that these cards were inserted in the middle of the packs instead of as the last card in the pack that would have eliminated the wax backs.  Ahem. 
Anyways as a collector of the Yount cards once you get to over 1000 different cards you get to the point where you have most of the base cards and most inserts and oddballs from his playing days. 

 I recently completed a huge 1000+ Brewer card trade with a fellow card collector named Mark off of Twitter.  He sent me a flat rate box full of Brewers cards and I sent him back a box full of Red Sox.  After a couple days of sorting and inventorying I ended up adding almost 200 new Brewers cards to the collection.  Included in the lot was over 200 Yount cards.  And as luck would have it I found one I needed.  This 1990 Glossy All Star Send In.  It's funny because as I've been slowly inventorying my Yount collection and adding it to the Trading Card Database I realized I didn't have a copy of this card.  That kind of surprised me and I added it to my want list and figured I'd pick up a copy off of COMC or somewhere else eventually, well looks like I don't need to.

Friday, November 9, 2018

2004 Donruss Leather and Lumber Gold Black and White parallel

Year: 2005
Manufacturer: Donruss
Set: Leather and Lumber
Card Number: 78
Card Type: Parallel
Parallel Set: Black and White
Card Attributes: Serial Numbered
Serial Number: 0428/1000

In the mid 2000's companies were competing to see who could come up with the craziest set.  While I wouldn't call the Leather and Lumber a crazy set, as a matter of fact it's pretty straight forward, it does keep with the formula of the time.  Tons of parallels, base parallels, relic parallels, relic auto parallels you get the idea.  The black and white parallel, in which the feature player photo is in black and white, not the card, isn't a true set parallel as only 25 lucky subjects from the base set are featured.  Of course while the base set comes with all sorts of base, relic, and auto parallels so does the smaller black and white parallel.  And like most base cards from sets like this from that era the base cards are designed more for the parallels, hence why Robin is placed on the left side of the card.

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

2005 Fleer Classic Clippings

Year: 2005
Manufacturer: Fleer
Set: Classic Clippings
Card Number: 2013
Card Type: Base (Legends subset)
Card Attributes: Serial Numbered
Serial Number: 078/999

I can remember lamenting to my LCS owner back in the era around 2003-2005 about just how many different products there were.  It was hard for a collector, and I'm sure equally hard for a shop owner, to decide what to buy and what to chase.  Of course now it's the exact opposite with store shelves looking downright anemic.  But that era, which I would start at the end of the 90's through about 2006-2007 really produced some great products, even if there was a ton.  There were flops of course, but with so many companies trying to outdo each other it made for some now classic sets.  

While I don't know if I'd call Fleer's Classic Clippings a classic set it does give us a few Younts to chase.  Robin is part of the Legends subset.  All the Legends cards were limited to just 999.  There area also two parallels to chase in this set, the First Edition numbered to 150 and the Final edition, which Baseballcardepdia says is numbered to 1, but I own a Final Edition version and it is not numbered at all.  He's not featured in any of the other insert sets.

Friday, November 2, 2018

2018 Panini Flawless Baseball Robin Yount Checklist

Robin has a few cards in Panini's high end release, seriously 17 total cards.  I'm sure card numbering is not right, that's pretty usual for Panini checklists, I'll correct the card designations when stuff starts showing up and I can verify.

2018 Panini Flawless Bat Barrels #13  #/1
2018 Panini Flawless Greats Autograph Sapphire #12  #/7
2018 Panini Flawless Greats Dual Memorabilia Autograph Gold #GDM-RY #/5
2018 Panini Flawless Greats Dual Memorabilia Autograph Emerald  #GDM-RY  #/3
2018 Panini Flawless Greats Dual Memorabilia Autograph Black #GDM-RY  #/1

2018 Topps Triple Threads Robin Yount Checklist

Robin has a few cards in this year's Triple Threads.

2018 Topps Triple Threads Autograph Relic TTAR-RY1 #/18
2018 Topps Triple Threads Autograph Relic TTAR-RY2 #/18
2018 Topps Triple Threads Autograph Relic Gold TTAR-RY1 #/9
2018 Topps Triple Threads Autograph Relic Gold TTAR-RY2 #/9
2018 Topps Triple Threads Autograph Relic Sapphire TTAR-RY1 #/3
2018 Topps Triple Threads Autograph Relic Sapphire TTAR-RY2 #/3
2018 Topps Triple Threads Autograph Relic Ruby TTAR-RY1 #/1
2018 Topps Triple Threads Autograph Relic Ruby TTAR-RY2 #/1
2018 Topps Triple Threads Autograph Relic Wood TTAR-RY1 #/1
2018 Topps Triple Threads Autograph Relic Wood TTAR-RY2 #/1
2018 Topps Triple Threads Autograph Relic White Whale Black Printing Plate TTAR-RY1 #/1
2018 Topps Triple Threads Autograph Relic White Whale Black Printing Plate TTAR-RY2 #/1
2018 Topps Triple Threads Autograph Relic White Whale Cyan Printing Plate TTAR-RY1 #/1
2018 Topps Triple Threads Autograph Relic White Whale Cyan Printing Plate TTAR-RY2 #/1
2018 Topps Triple Threads Autograph Relic White Whale Magenta Printing Plate TTAR-RY1 #/1
2018 Topps Triple Threads Autograph Relic White Whale Magenta Printing Plate TTAR-RY2 #/1
2018 Topps Triple Threads Autograph Relic White Whale Yellow Printing Plate TTAR-RY1 #/1
2018 Topps Triple Threads Autograph Relic White Whale Yellow Printing Plate TTAR-RY2 #/1

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

2010 Topps National Chicle NC Back

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

A one and done set for Topps, unless you count the 2009 football set, National Chicle was not so well received when it came out.  At least that's how I remember it.  The biggest complaint was the quality of the art for the cards.  Topps used a small stable of artists for the set and while art is subjective it's hard to have consistent quality when you ask artists to pump a ton of work out in a short amount of time.  However that being said Mike Kupka's painting of Robin is pretty sweet.  As is the case there are a bunch of back parallels to chase in the set.  The National Chicle back is the most common of the parallels and is pretty underwhelming.  

In 2010, Topps released 3 vintage sets with this one, Allen and Ginter and a second consecutive year of  Topps 206.  The next year Topps decided to scrape the National Chicle and 206 tribute sets and released the inaugural set of Gypsy Queen.  I'll be honest I actually really like this set and bought more boxes than I probably should have, but there are some nice relics and the autographs were on card.  And there are a couple really well done cards.  Topps current house artist Mayumi Seto, who also does all of the Topps Transcendence art cards, has some work in this set.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

2018 Topps Archives

Year: 2018
Manufacturer: Topps
Set: Archives
Card Type: Base
Card Number: 113

Want to know something crazy?  This is the first 2018 card featuring Robin Yount I've picked up this year. Sure I already featured his 2018 New Era card, but this card was the first to arrive and it came via a trade with Julie over at A Cracked Bat. 

This also happens to be Robin's first and only base card this year.  Most of the cards issued for Robin have been low numbered autograph, relic, and auto relics from the high end products so it's nice that there's a easy card to add to the collection and of course parallels to chase.  It should be noted that Topps has only released the retail part of Archives and delayed the hobby release till sometime this month, but Topps has yet to confirm a release date.  Robin also has an card in the Rookie Card History insert set with multiple parallels as well.  You can see his whole checklist here.  

Thanks again Julie.

Monday, October 15, 2018

2018 Topps Five Star - Robin Yount Checklist and Gallery

Robin has an autographed card in the Career Year Autographs set and one parallel.  I'll add images when I find them.

2018 Topps Five Star Career Year Autographs #CRA-RY #/45
2018 Topps Five Star Career Year Autographs Five Star #CRA-RY #/1

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

2018 Topps New Era 1983 35th Anniversary Insert

Year: 2018
Manufacturer: Topps
Set: New Era Promotional Set
Card Type: Insert
Insert Set: 1983 35th Anniversary 
Card Number: T83-6

I posted about this card in early August and since then have been trying to snag one at a good price ever since. I finally pulled the trigger last week and picked up this card for $8 shipped. A little more than I wanted to pay for it, but that was the best price I've seen since they started showing up on ebay.  For those that don't know this card is an insert to the New Era hat promotion.  The only way to get a pack of cards was to buy a New Era hat from a select MLB stadium store.  And the fact that these cards are inserts to the base set make them a little harder to find.  The main reason I pulled the trigger was I've only seen a handful of listings for these cards and I was worried they would eventually disappear.  Not knowing the print run and scarcity I figured I better jump on one. 

I was hoping Robin would show up in the flagship insert, but so far no luck, but Update is coming out in a couple weeks.  A few differences between this card and the flagship 83 Anniversary insert.  First is the numbering on the back of the card.  These cards have the T83-# designation were the flagship set only has 83-#.  Also the anniversary logo on the front of the card is not foil, it's printed as part of the card.  As a matter of fact there's not an ounce of foil anywhere on these.  It would have been nice if there was a small New Era logo somewhere on the card to denote the set.  Overall it's a great looking card with great colors and beautiful photos.  It really looks great in hand.  As far as oddball and promotional cards go I have no idea how rare these actually are or will become, but if you have a player in the set you collect I'd say pick one up sooner than later.

Monday, October 8, 2018

1996 Bolton Teague Celebrity Softball Challenge Charity Card

Year: 1996
Set: Bolton Teague Celebrity Charity Softball Challenge
Card Number: NNO

I consider myself a pretty savvy collector.  Especially when it comes to Robin Yount's cards.  But I am continually reminded that there is always more to learn. Recently friend of the blog Alex T. messaged me and asked if I knew about the Bolton-Teague softball cards released in the late 90's?  More importantly did I know that Robin Yount had a card in the sets?  My answer was no to both questions.  Alex was nice enough to send a link to the a blog post over at the Oddball Card Collector that featured the set.  The cards are from a charity softball game put on by Michael Bolton, yes that Michael Bolton, and former Green Bay Packer George Teague.   The charity softball games were held for 5 years and for three of those years card sets were produced.  I don't know if was ever made clear if these were sold or giveaway at the games or were a thank for a donation, but what is clear that Robin is in two of the sets.  The 1996 date might be a little misleading as supposedly these cards feature the 1996 team, but were available at the 1997 game.  And if I remember correctly Robin is featured in the 1995 set available at the 1996 game and the other set featured the 1997 team available at the last game held in 1998.   But that might not be correct either.  Robin's card below came out of a gold pack and his other card came packaged in a silver pack, I have an image Alex set of the card and pack at the bottom of the post.  What confuses things is the date on the packs is the same.  So could both sets been available at the same game?  What is obvious is the as the sets progressed they got more and more ornate.  As the 1995 set is pretty plain, the 1996 set features some foil on the player name.  And the 1997 are even more embellished.  Beckett does have the final 1997 set listed on their website, but not the other two.  

Alex was gracious enough to send me a copy of Robin's 1996 card.  Which I can thank him enough.  It also means there aren't as many Yountless year's as I thought.  Thanks again Alex and thanks for the info.  

The 1995? Silver pack set

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

2018 Panini National Treasures Baseball Yount Checklist and Gallery

Robin's got a few cards in this year's National Treasures which should be a surprise.  Here is his checklist and I'll add images as I find them.

2018 Panini National Treasures Base Relic #125 #/99
2018 Panini National Treasures Base Relic Prime #125 #/1
2018 Panini National Treasures Base Relic Platinum #125 #/1
2018 Panini National Treasures Base Relic Black Printing Plate#125 #/1
2018 Panini National Treasures Base Relic Cyan Printing Plate #125 #/1
2018 Panini National Treasures Base Relic Magenta Printing Plate #125 #/1
2018 Panini National Treasures Base Relic Yellow Printing Plate#125 #/1
2018 Panini National Treasures Base Relic Tag #125 #/1
2018 Panini National Treasures Signature Names #1  #/10
2018 Panini National Treasures Signature Names Platinum #1  #/1
2018 Panini National Treasures 6 Signature Booklet #4 (with Cal Ripken - Ozzie Smith - Roberto Alomar - Roberto Alomar - Ryne Sandberg - Wade Boggs)  #/10
2018 Panini National Treasures 6 Signature Booklet Gold #4 #/5
2018 Panini National Treasures 6 Signature Booklet Platinum #4 #/1