Card Manufacturer: Topps
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.