2017 Topps Heritage Twins Checklist

32 Jorge Polanco
80 Eddie Rosario
95 Eduardo Escobar
128 Twins
141 Glen Perkins
142 Byung-Ho Park
179 James Beresford/Alex Wimmers
206 Robbie Grossman
220 Joe Mauer
243 Byron Buxton
271 Jason Castro
304 Kennys Vargas
313 Max Kepler
337 Ervin Santana
436 Miguel Sano
465 Brian Dozier

Chrome Base Card Variation
THC-436 Miguel Sano
THC-465 Brian Dozier

Mini Base Variation
220 Joe Mauer
243 Byron Buxton
436 Miguel Sano
465 Brian Dozier

Baseball Flashbacks
BF-HK Harmon Killebrew
1968 Topps Game
30 Brian Dozier
1968 Poster Box Loader
68P-RC Rod Carew

Real One Autographs
ROA-AW Al Worthington
ROA-MS Miguel Sano
ROA-RCA Rod Carew

Real One Dual Autographs
RODA-SC Miguel Sano/Rod Carew

Real One Triple Autographs
ROTA-SCM Miguel Sano/Paul Molitor/Rod Carew

1968 Poster Box Loader Autograph
68PA-RC Rod Carew

Flashbacks Autograph Relics
FAR-RC Rod Carew

Clubhouse Collection Relics
CCR-JM Joe Mauer
CCR-MS Miguel Sano

1968 Mint
68MINT-HK Harmon Killebrew
68MINT-RCA Rod Carew

1968 U.S. Postal Stamp Relics
68PSR-HK Harmon Killebrew
68PSR-RC Rod Carew

1968 Baseball Cut Signatures
68BCS-HK Harmon Killebrew

Washington Senators
Then And Now Insert
TAN-1 Mark Trumbo/Frank Howard
TAN-2 Nolan Arenado/Frank Howard
TAN-12 Frank Howard/Edwin Encarnacion
Real One Autographs
ROA-BB Bill Bryan
ROA-BD Bill Denehy
ROA-BSA Bob Saverine
ROA-FV Fred Valentine

#2017-topps-heritage, #checklist, #twins


For Valentine’s Day, the Twins social media crew were having a retweet and win giveaway that are popular on Twitter. Usually you never hear word from the winners, but today was different. I won one!

Out of the blue Friday I got this message in my DMs. Score! So over the weekend I couldn’t wait to see who my “crush” was, when this arrived in the mail.

What are those, contract papers for 2017? I’m ready to report for spring training! I’m in the best shape of my life! Okay, maybe not so much…

That said, as someone outside of “normal” Twins Territory, I love the extra included pocket schedule. If I knew friends willing I’d probably try to have them mail me one of each of these they could find every year. My Valentwin is the newly signed pitch framing extraordinaire catcher, and 2013 All-Star, Jason Castro! Woot!

#jason-castro, #twins, #twitter, #valentwins

Card Show…but not really.

I was all set to not have anything card related to blog about until the show in a few weeks, until I got an email that our Arkansas friends were making the trip down for a card/toy show. After being harassed by the show organizer, and being reminded why we haven’t attended one of their shows in forever, we went and visited with our friends. After selling a card his way in exchange for some of the trade bait he’s set aside for me, I couldn’t wait to start pulling. But first, they teased me with 1990 Donruss in their display case. Sure a few were graded, but naturally my first thought was of the aqueous test cards that made their way into the hobby.

Sure enough, the PSA slab gave it away. Naturally I checked all of the cards they had to see what their “INC/INC.” version was, and all but a Bo Jackson Diamond King were of the INC variety. Though, I have yet to see a Diamond King version without a period after INC. Weird.

Either way, here’s the cards I traded for…
One a pack odds. 1995 Upper Deck SP Championship Series Major League Profiles #167 Kirby Puckett die-cut, and base die-cut #170 Kirby Puckett.

1:23 pack odds. Series 1 Hobby pack exclusive 1996 Pinnacle Essence of the Game #8 Kirby Puckett. Love the see through card!
One in three pack odds. 1997 Collector’s Choice “Super Action Stick Um’s” #26 Kirby Puckett.

1992 Michael Schechter Associates “Ben’s Super Hitters” Discs. MSA’s pretty well known for similar airbrushed out logo food and oddball sets like these.
1989 Topps Tiffany #650 Kirby Puckett. I think this makes two Topps Tiffany cards I own.

1:37 pack odds. 1995 Upper Deck Hot Commodities #HC7 Kirby Puckett die-cut insert.
1:18 pack odds. Horribly scanned 1995 Pinnacle Sportflix UC3 “In Motion” insert #IM7 Kirby Puckett.

I hate parallels in general, but especially these “Inaugural Year” Rockies/Marlins sets. These should’ve been reserved for just the Rockies and Marlins, not every team. :(. Sorry, not sorry.
1:18 pack odds 1993 Topps Colorado Rockies “Inaugural Year” #250 Chuck Knoblauch.

1995 Post Collector Series #6 unfolded. Woot.

1995 Fleer Ultra team set needs. #302 Denny Hocking rookie, #305 Pedro Munoz.

1:6 pack odds. 1996 Fleer/Skybox Circa Boss ’96 #14 Kirby Puckett.
1996 Fleer/Skybox E-XL “Magnetic” #85 Kirby Puckett. These look almost too nice for a base set – hobby premium gimmick or otherwise. 

One per pack odds. 1992 Pinnacle Series 2 Slugfest #13 Kirby Puckett.
One per pack odds. 1992 Leaf “Gold Edition” #362 Kent Hrbek. I may already have this one, but I wasn’t wasting time to pull up a checklist. Lol. 

1:10 pack odds. 1996 Pinnacle Zenith “Mozaics” #19 Chuck Knoblauch/Kirby Puckett/Paul Molitor. The scans don’t do this card justice, absolutely gorgeous.
1996 Fleer Metal Universe #80 Kirby Puckett. Another card the scans did no favors. On the back burner I kinda want to do a complete set of these Metal Universe. #ThanksMarvel.

1:35 pack odds. 1998 Score All Score Team #11 Kirby Puckett. Nice foil usage, and probably one of the first post-career cards. Apparently, there’s a gold foil edition, I wasn’t that lucky.

1991 Legends Sports Memorabilia Magazine #31 Kirby Puckett
1993 Metz Baking Kent Hrbek. How plain is this design? I could probably fire up something nicer in Gimp… Simpler times…

1995 Donruss Series 2 Diamond Kings #DK-22 Kirby Puckett #08150/10,000. Another set I’d love to complete the run for – Diamond Kings. Though, that shouldn’t come as a surprise.

Finally, I pulled a Marty Cordova 1997 Donruss Signature Series autograph. After some further complaints by the show runner about our side dealings, we decided it was probably time to leave. They were the only card vendor anyway – I did get two real nice videos of their 1961/1962 Topps stamps booklets, which will be a post soon. Stay tuned. :).

Long lost, rediscovered Allen & Ginter

While cleaning out the cobwebs of the bat-cave here, I found two boxes of 2015 Allen & Ginter that we broke at that year’s National. Mothballed and not even sorted, I present you those boxes below. The entire thing is strange, because I was hugely into 2008-2012 Allen & Ginter, even so far as buying a case in 2011. Usually when I break a new set – one that I’ll actually work on – I’ll print out my checklist pdf and go about sorting them and making a checklist of needs shortly afterwards. Maybe it was that these boxes got ripped at the National and were stored alongside our other swag, eitherway, the set has been sorted now. :). I started with just

Not those Minnesota Twins.

While these are Minnesota Twins, these ones played baseball, not like the other kind. I didn’t do that great in this realm though, only pulling one a box. Danny Santana, and Kennys Vargas.

#ThanksTopps – Collation.

After collating the entire set, I ended up with several duplicate cards. I’m no mathematician, but the statistical probability that this would happen with two completely random boxes has to approach 100%. Even without cardboard companies’ collation issue history, unless there’s a guaranteed set per box, it’s gonna happen whether we like it or not. That said here’s a list of dupes for trade:

Pulled –


Completion – 134/300 – 45%.

Dupes –


Box Shorted Prints – Cards # 301-350.

Another staple of Allen & Ginter, the top 50 cards are listed as short-prints in 2015’s set. Although these don’t seem to be as hard to pull as in years past.

Pulled –


Completion – 22/50 – 64%

Dupes – #316,324,332,333,336,341,345.

Cardboard Quirks – Inserts.

Starting Points – Different player’s first game with their stats for their debut. By far the biggest insert subset of the entire 2015 A&G set, 100 cards.
Pulled – #5,6,13,14,21,22,28,38,53,54,60,61,77,82,84,91,93,99. Completion 18%.

Ancient Armory – This subset focuses on the different weapons and armor sets that civilizations have used throughout the years. Pulled – #2,4,5,7,14,15,16. Completion – 35%.

Great Scott! – Filled with scientific oddities, I only had one of these inserts despite the 1:2 packs odds for these inserts. Pulled – #5. Completion – 10%.

Menageries Of The Mind – Mythical creatures, legends, and the such.  Pulled – #3,5,8,9,17,18. Completion – 30%.

What Once Was Believed – Interesting ideas that were once thought to be truth, but were just imagined. Pulled – #2,7,10. Completion – 30%.

What Once Would Be – What people in the past believed would be invented with enough time, that haven’t yet. Pulled – #2,6,10. Completion – 30%. Dupes – #2.

Mini-Sodas – Minis, duh.

Base sod… I mean minis, complete copy of the base set, except mini-fied. Duh.
Pulled – #17,21,40,51,57,61,91,101,170,186,213,233,260,280,281,290,315,328.

Allen & Ginter Black border – Falling 1:10 packs, I think I did well in two boxes pulling five. Pulled – #6,8,55,127,208.

A & G Back variation – Slightly better odds pulling these, 1:5 packs. I pulled nearly double, with nine. Pulled – #68,157,179,186,190,236,251,257.

Of note, I didn’t realize until I sorted for this post that the above David Wright was a no-number A&G back. Those fall 1:72 packs, and are numbered to 50!

Mythical Menaces – Similar to Menageries Of The Mind, this set comprises of mostly literature based menaces. Pulled #2,7. Completion 20%.

First Ladies – The better halves of the 44 Presidents of the United States. I really wanna complete this set. #Americana. Pulled #1,5,25,36. Completion – 9%.

Magnates, barons, Gates, And Tycoons – Very sucessful businessmen throughout the past roughly 200 years. I pulled #9. Completion – 10%.

Yeah, yeah, yeah, but what about the hits? – Hits, duh.

Here’s where 2015 Topps Allen & Ginter excels, with the inclusion of bought-back cards solely from previous A&G sets. Of which, I pulled five buybacks – three base cards and two framed minis.

A good mix there. One rookie, one non-sport, a non-rookie, and two insert minis from different sets from four different years… Success!

Another good mix, with a base relic, a mini relic, a non-baseball relic, and an auto. Can’t ask for much better from Allen & Ginter!  Miguel Cabrera’s probably the nicest of the bunch, but the Lakey Peterson is underrated. Bright yellow, and unlike most cloth, I wonder if it’s not part of a wet suit. I’d easily consider these two boxes a success, minus the lack of Twins. :/.

#2015, #allen-ginter, #chris-young, #hubertus-wawra, #lakey-peterson, #maikel-franco, #matt-carson, #matt-holliday, #miguel-cabrera, #the-national


I try to keep an eye out for new Ryan Eades cards on ebay, amazon, and COMC. Sometimes it takes months to find new cards, others it’s like Christmas. Unfortunately this was like pickup was more like the latter, having been a few months since I found something not-a-dupe. But I think most would agree a 1/1 printing plate is worth waiting on. Check it out :). I’ve now got 2/4 printing plates for the set, having previously picked up the cyan 1/1.

2013 Leaf Metal Draft Baseball, Magenta 1/1 printing plate.

#2013-leaf-metal-draft, #mail, #ryan-eades

Twins Draft Picks & Prospects – 2010

With the 2017 season on the horizon, I decided to look at the past year’s drafts to see why we’ve done poorly the last several seasons. I’m not surprising anyone when I say the past seven years the Twins have been abysmal at best am I? From the lack of quality pitching to inopportune injuries to aging veterans – we’ve stunk since 2010. I decided to take a look at Bowman’s representation for the past seven years and see where things went wrong. Counting Bowman Draft Picks & Prospects(42 cards), as well as Bowman’s Prospect subset(21) each year, there’s a total of 55 different players represented with 8 players in multiple sets.

All of the below were 2010 June draft picks unless otherwise noted. Let’s take a look at 2010’s card representatives:James Beresford – Signed as a free agent August 13th, 2005 out of Australia. Granted free agency 11/7/2016.
2010 Bowman Prospects #BP76.

James also reached the Twins roster in 2016 for the first time, playing in 10 games. In 24 plate appearances, he had five hits, one double, and struck out six times. That’s good for a .227/.261/.273 slash line, -0.1 bWAR, and in the field he committed one error in 41 chances – a .976 fielding percentage.

In 10(!) minor league seasons since being signed in 2005, James has 1116 hits, 126 doubles, 17 triples, four home runs, 368 RBIs, 65 stolen bases(51 times caught), and a .283/.338/.330 slash line. In the field, James played all over the infield seeing his name in the lineup card for 514 games at 2B, 448 games at SS, and 61 games at 3B while fielding at a .969 error free rate.

Players of note signed as amateur free agents after August 13th, 2005: Alex Liddi, Lester Oliveros, Wilin Rosario, Michael Pineda, and future Twins Josmil Pinto, and Eduardo Escobar(White Sox signing).

[Card still needed, help me out?]

Pat Dean – Drafted in the 3rd round, 102nd overall. Granted free agency 11/7/2016.
2010 Bowman Draft Picks & Prospects #BDPP4.

Much like Logan, he made brief appearances for the club in 2016, with not much better outings. With 19 games(nine starts) pitched, Pat pitched 67.1 innings for the big league club, with a 6.28 ERA, 1.649 WHIP, and 11.9 hits/9, 1.7 home runs/9, 3.1 walks/9, and 6.7 strikeouts/9.

Across seven minor league seasons, Pat started all but four of his 154 games, pitching 866 innings, posting a 4.12 ERA, with a 1.339 WHIP, and 10.3 hits/9, 0.8 home runs/9, 1.7 walks/9, and 5.3 strikeouts/9.

Players of note still available in the same round: Josh Rutledge, Cameron Rupp.

Eddie Rosario – Drafted in the 4th round. Pre-Arb eligible for 2017.
2010 Bowman Draft Picks & Prospects #BDPP19.

Finally a success story, Eddie’s spent most of the last two seasons with the big league club. In 214 games, he’s had 211 hits, 35 doubles, 17 triples, 23 home runs, 82 RBIs, 16 stolen bases, a .268/.292/.443 slash line, 3.3 WAR, as an OF with a .975 fielding percentage. As well, he finished 6th in the Rookie of the Year voting in 2015, and led the American League that year in triples(15), LF assists(12), double plays as OF(3), but also errors committed as a LF(5).

In 491 games in the minors, Eddie’s had 579 hits, 121 doubles, 27 triples, 67 home runs, with 310 RBIs, 75 stolen bases, and a .294/.340/.484 slash line. He’s played mostly 2B and CF, with a respectful .974 fielding percentage.

Players of note still available in the same round: Garin Cecchini, Mason Williams.

Niko Goodrum – Drafted in the 2nd round, 71st overall. Re-signed minor league contract 10/21/2016. 
2010 Bowman Draft Picks & Prospects #BDPP33.

Depth minor leaguer drafted in the second round, with good defensive skills, and good plate discipline(10.6% walk rate). In 547 career minor league games in four different minor league levels Niko’s topped out at AA. He’s got 492 hits, 98 doubles, 28 triples, 29 home runs, 228 RBIs, a .247/.339/.368 batting line and a .939 fielding percentage while playing 1B(9 games), 2B(25 games), 3B(196 games), SS(272 games), and OF(24 games).

Players of note still available in the same round: Chad Bettis, Derek Dietrich, Justin Nicolino.

Nate Roberts – Drafted in the 5th round in 2010, 165th overall. Nate was last with the organization in 2014.
2010 Bowman Draft Picks & Prospects #BDPP37.

In his five seasons, Nate played in 199 games, though only 20 in his last two years missing time with four knee surgeries and other injury setbacks. In his time with the club, he had 211 hits, 50 doubles, 9 triples, 13 home runs, 93 RBI, a .304/.435/.459 slash line, and a .958 fielding percentage while mostly serving as an outfielder. Played 2015 with Joliet Slammers in the independent Frontier League leading the team with eight home runs.

Players of note still available in the same round: Health Hembree, Tommy Kahnle.

[Card still needed, help me out?]

Logan Darnell – Drafted in the 6th round, 195th overall. Granted free agency 11/7/2016.
2010 Bowman Draft Picks & Prospects #BDPP50.

Pitched 24 IP in seven games(four started) posting a 7.13 ERA with a 1.625 WHIP, 11.6 hits allowed per 9 innings pitched, 1.9 home runs/9 IP, 3.0 walks/9 IP, and 8.3 strikeouts/9 IP.

Logan posted much better minor league stats however in 168 games(129 starts) – 797 IP, a 3.81 ERA, with a 1.345 WHIP, 9.3 hits/9 IP, 0.8 home runs/9 IP, 2.8 walks/9, and 6.2 strikouts/9IP. Italicized the better stats.

Players of note still available in the same round: Kevin Gausman(unsigned).

Alex Wimmers – Drafted 21st overall. Re-signed 11/22/2016.
2010 Bowman Draft Picks & Prospects #BDPP88.

Long touted alongside Kyle Gibson, Alex’s been plagued with injuries – but finally made it to the big leagues in 2016. In 16 relief appearances, Alex won 1 and lost 3. Along the way, he sported a 4.15 ERA in 17.1 innings, with a 1.442 WHIP, 7.3 hits/9, 1.0 home runs/9, 5.7 walks/9, and 7.3 strikeouts/9.

In the minors Alex posted 18 wins and 14 losses in 42 career starts. Overall, in 131 career minor league games, Alex’s 331.1 innings pitched, resulted in a 4.89 ERA, a 1.389 WHIP, 8.9 hits/9, 0.6 home runs/9, 3.6 walks/9, and 9.1 strikeouts/9.

Players of note still available in the same round: Christian Yelich, Gary Brown, Aaron Sanchez, Noah Syndergaard, Anthony Ranaudo, Taijuan Walker, Nick Castellanos.


If I had to rank their success, I’d put Eddie Rosario leaps and bounds above everyone else obviously, with Alex Wimmers with the most potential to improve of the group. The next few years draft classes doesn’t get much better. :/.

#2010, #alex-wimmers, #draft-review, #eddie-rosario, #james-beresford, #logan-darnell, #nate-roberts, #niko-goodrum, #pat-dean

1991 Topps

Since everyone seems to be picking up 1991 Topps again to look for all the different variation issues, I decided to pull my binders off the shelf and dust them off. A great resource for errors and junkie information is the blog preserved at Junk Wax Gems. Although it may be difficult to tell our names apart, I didn’t write that blog – but have relied on the blog’s information for years. Outside of one or two forum threads, there just isn’t much out there for errors and variation information.

1991 Topps has a dearth of problems with it, none of which are the design or photography. It was one of the first factory sets I broke open as a kid and it stands out as an iconic set decades later. In addition to minor airbrushing, the recently discovered whether the backs glow or don’t glow in the dark via UV lights(which also plagues 1991 Bowman), the set has the ghosted and non-ghosted “dark” back logo, some cards were printed with the A* sheet code, B* sheet code, or A*B* sheet codes, and as if that weren’t enough several cards have printing errors where the “pipe” on the front design caused havoc with the player’s positioning. This is without mentioning the Desert Shield cards, Topps Tiffany, or the Traded set’s differences between retail and factory! Sheesh. Quality control nightmare, much?

Breaking down all of this is MUCH easier in a spreadsheet, of which here’s my ongoing Twins checklists. That is until something new is discovered.

As I said in the notes, all of my “ghost” cards “glow”. Of the owned “darkened” logo backs, I own two versions of 672, 710 – one of each that falls in the “glow” category, and one that doesn’t – “non-glow”. Of the three of my Desert Shield cards, one of them has a “darkened” logo – and all three “glow”.

Naturally I was curious whether 1991 Topps Traded matched the flagship product, and yes all of the “dark” card stock – those that match 1991 Topps – “glow” in the dark. The lighter, “bright” card stock do not seem to “glow” more.

So there’s my breakdown of the 1991 Twins errors/variations that have been found so far at the moment.

For future checklist purposes check this out – unfortunately those images are static, and spreadsheets are much easier to update! :).