2018 Topps Series One SP/SSP.

At least years Q&A I called out Topps for under representing certain teams in favor of others. I understand you’ve gotta market to what sells, but with a league license that runs through 2020, there’s more than just the Yankees, Red Sox, Dodgers, Cubs, World Series teams, and whatever team the hot prospect is on to issue cards for in flagship.

I think in particular Bowman was the one that ticked me off the most. Since 1948, the Senators/Twins have always had a ‘base’ card…until 2017. Now we can argue in Bowman, whether the Prospect/Chrome Prospect set is part of the ‘base’ set or not – of which the Twins did have a few – but the true ‘base’ set not having any was extremely discouraging. Why should I bother to buy a box if my team isn’t in it?

Now sure, Bowman’s a prospect heavy set and others are free to collect how they like – but there’s plenty of team collectors, player collectors, prospect collectors who care what cards get issued each year. Not everyone is chasing the Aaron Judge auto – while it might be nice – some prefer to knock out the 1-xxx base card set. To binder the set and be able to flip through it later brings joy to these people. Again, the Topps’ suits will market however they want, but it only makes sense to not dispirit anyone from buying your product. Regardless of why they want the product, your job is to sell it.

With that said, for this year’s Topps Series One, it seems they were listening in one category. Sure the base set is a little top heavy with the usual suspects mentioned in the first paragraph, and the insert set is none helped with Derek Jeter and Kris Bryant 30 card retail sets. However, an area Topps seems to have taken notice is with this year’s short print/super short print – a better name is really needed here…

Broken down, there are 75 SP as of writing, and 25 SSP. Of those 75 SP, each team has at least one, and if you average the 75 by the 30 MLB teams, it comes out to an even 3.33, repeating of course. Of course with only 25 SSP, there’s a few teams missing – Athletics, Blue Jays, Brewers, Cardinals, Diamondbacks, Nationals, Padres, Rangers, Rays, Reds, Royals, Tigers, Twins, and White Sox. But, at least they’re listening at the Q&As! Now, about those Blood Diamonds… :D.

 

SP:

Cubs 5
Nationals 5
Yankees 5
Mets 4
White Sox 4
Astros 3
Dodgers 3
Marlins 3
Phillies 3
Rangers 3
Rays 3
Red Sox 3
Royals 3
Twins 3
Angels 2
Blue Jays 2
Brewers 2
Cardinals 2
Diamondbacks 2
Mariners 2
Orioles 2
Rockies 2
Tigers 2
Athletics 1
Braves 1
Giants 1
Indians 1
Padres 1
Pirates 1
Reds 1

 

SSP:

Cubs 3
Red Sox 3
Dodgers 2
Marlins 2
Mets 2
Phillies 2
Yankees 2
Angels 1
Astros 1
Braves 1
Giants 1
Indians 1
Mariners 1
Orioles 1
Pirates 1
Rockies 1
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2018 Topps Twins

Base

49 Ervin Santana
94 Robbie Grossman
107 Jorge Polanco
115 Zack Granite
127 Byron Buxton
130 Brian Dozier
231 Joe Mauer
277 Aaron Slegers
288 Miguel Sano
334 Eddie Rosario

Short Prints

127 Byron Buxton
130 Brian Dozier
288 Miguel Sano

Inserts

1983 Silver Packs
32 Zack Granite

Topps Salute
TS-48 Miguel Sano
TS-67 Jose Berrios
TS-96 Zack Granite

Superstar Sensations
SSS-13 Miguel Sano

MLB Awards
MLBA-18 Brian Dozier
MLBA-26 Byron Buxton

1983 Topps
83-26 Brian Dozier
83-37 Miguel Sano
83-47 Jose Berrios
83-77 Byron Buxton

Legends In The Making
LTM-MS Miguel Sano

MLB Opening Day
OD-4 Miguel Sano

Auto/Relic

MLB All-Star Team Medallion
ASTM-MSA Miguel Sano

MLB Spring Training Team Logo Patch
STP-MS Miguel Sano

Player’s Weekend Patch
PWP-BB Byron Buxton

1983 Topps Autos

83A-ASL Aaron Slegers
83A-JBR Jose Berrios
83A-MK Max Kepler
83A-ZG Zack Granite

1983 Silver Packs Auto
83A-ZG Zack Granite

MLB All-Star Team Medallion Auto
ASTMA-MSA Miguel Sano

MLB Awards Auto
MLBA-BB Byron Buxton

MLB Spring Training Team Logo Patch Auto
STAP-MS Miguel Sano

Player’s Weekend Patch Auto
PWPA-BB Byron Buxton

Topps Salute Auto
SA-JBR Jose Berrios
SA-ZG Zack Granite

In The Name Relic
ITN-MSA Miguel Sano

2018 Collecting Focus

I wrote one of these last year, and I figured I should probably continue the tradition as soon as the first new product of the year released. Before I move onto 2018’s focus, I wanna take a second to look back at 2017 personally, and for the collection though. A year of many strengths, disappointments and setbacks, setting up what can only be a better 2018. So let’s look at 2017’s goals…

  • 20% of O-Pee-Chee set needs.
  • Finish off easy PC needs – Nordhagen, Millar, Eades, Morrison
  • Pickup another(ungraded) 1955 Topps Harmon Killebrew, and a 1955 Topps Double-Headers #111/112 Harmon Killebrew/Johnny Podres
  • 1951-1967 Topps missing cards. 19 remaining – 20 if you count the ungraded Killebrew.

I elaborated a little in the previous post what each of these meant for the year, but they’re pretty straight forward. The first one I knocked off at the National. A friend of Rich‘s showed up with a ton of 60s/early 70s O-Pee-Chee, and I picked up several for under 5$ each. Even being gifted a 1970 Tony Oliva! Win. The second one was a wash, but with asterisks! I didn’t finish them off, but I definitely knocked out some of the harder to find ones, including last month’s APBA Wayne Nordhagen from COMC!

While I finished up with my physical therapy for the shoulder and was cleared for work after the National, two dislocations in August, and Christmas Day(yes, really….) are huge setbacks in an ongoing battle with my health, and sanity. So while I couldn’t stay healthy last year, I also came up short in a few collecting goals. I didn’t pick up an ungraded Killebrew, but I’ll take the partial win for picking up five of the remaining Twins franchise Topps flagship cards. So with that said, let’s have a few more realistic goals for 2018, shall we?

  • A healthy 2018! No dislocations, lose some weight(down 10lb already!), eat better.
  • Expand my social media front. I’ve got nearly 100,000 tweets on twitter, but very few shared to Instagram, and I’m not nearly active enough on Twitch.
  • Finish off Nordhagen/Eades PCs. I said this last year, but I’ll accept nothing but at least one of these being done.
  • Purchase five of the remaining Topps Twins. Preferably actual Twins, but I’ll take a few Senators too. :). Not to dismiss Donruss/Upper Deck/Fleer/Leaf/Score/et. al. but those are mostly easier to come by, and cheaper! Lol.
  • 50% of Pacific’s base(’88-’01) series Twins. Last year I tackled a set I had very few of, this year it’s Pacific. COMC will probably help a bit with this one. We’re not too far off, a hair over 40%, but there’s a few years where we’re in double digits.
  • Enjoy the hobby more. Sorting cards shouldn’t feel like a chore, and I’ve got a backlog of neglected cards to sort. Let’s fix that.

Oh, and the answer to last year’s Diamond King boxes purchased was 10. Nearly a case by myself. The Topps Q&A at the National was interesting as always, and we had a few concerns addressed. Which reminds me, we owe a few of the Topps guys a T-shirt… lol. fire up the presses! Nothing was more interesting at the big show than the FBI investigator in charge of a few recent major investigations into shill bidding and fake memorabilia/autographs. Very entertaining! We also got a peek at Panini HQ when we came back, which was INCREDIBLE! Tracy, Scott, and all those guys and gals are amazing.

So while 2017 definitely had its health setbacks, it was a decent year to collect. I added a few key cards to the collection, had several collecting highs, and while my teams disappoint me routinely(let’s not talk about the 2017 Wild/Twins/Vikings, please? lol.) there’s hope for 2018 to be a much better year. So as the last Calvin & Hobbes comic strip alluded to ‘Let’s go exploring’, it IS a magical world, let’s get collecting!

Topps Traded

Topps Traded.

I’ve added Topps Traded(Update/Updates & Highlights/Traded & Rookies/whatever they’re calling it this week besides Series Three) to the ongoing card database I’m making in a Google Sheets spreadsheet. Some interesting tidbits after compiling the sets data…

Math.

There were 19 sets produced throughout the years with checklists as one of the cards(Ex. 1981 Topps Traded #132). The least represented team(Expos) had 115 cards in Topps Traded’s run. The team(Yankees) with the most had 494 cards across the set. Team USA has 95 Topps Traded cards – see 1988, 1991, 1992, 1993.

Top Fives.

Combining the two least represented teams(Expos/Nationals) leaves the Rays, and Diamondbacks as the two least represented teams. Makes sense? Duh. The next three in order were the Rockies, Royals, and Twins. The usual suspects are near the top when sorting by most represented: Yankees, Cardinals, Red Sox, Mets, and Dodgers. With that I’ll leave you with the team breakdown.

Teams.

Yankees 494
Cardinals 390
Red Sox 378
Mets 371
Dodgers 364
Cubs 358
Rangers 352
White Sox 342
Braves 336
Angels 331
Phillies 325
Tigers 317
Padres 316
Athletics 310
Mariners 295
Indians 292
Astros 277
Blue Jays 277
Nationals+Expos 277
Brewers 277
Pirates 274
Marlins 273
Reds 272
Orioles 262
Giants 259
Twins 250
Royals 242
Rockies 233
Diamondbacks 219
Rays 203
Nationals 162
Expos 115

 

#math, #topps-traded

First cards.

In my original post, I organized all of Topps’ #1 cards in a spreadsheet after cataloging all of Topps base cards in a spreadsheet. Some were Hall of Fame players, some were league leaders cards, some were repeated a few times. Once I finished with Topps, I added all the base sets of Bowman, Donruss, Fleer, Leaf, O-Pee-Chee, Pacific, Pinnacle, Score, Sportflics, and Upper Deck with every year, set, card number, player, and teams. I’ve organized them below by company then year. Below that, I totaled each company’s total of #1s, and each team’s #1s. If you make it to the bottom, I’ll be surprised. =D. Here’s the spreadsheet link.

Bowman:

1948 Bill Elliott Braves
1949 Vernon Bickford Braves
1950 Mel Parnell Red Sox
1951 Whitey Ford Yankees
1952 Yogi Berra Yankees
1953 Gus Bell Reds
1953 Davey Williams Giants
1954 Phil Rizzuto Yankees
1955 Hoyt Wilhelm Giants
1989 Oswald Peraza Orioles
1990 Tommy Greene Braves
1991 Rod Carew Twins
1992 Ivan Rodriguez Rangers
1993 Glenn Davis Orioles
1994 Joe Carter Blue Jays
1995 Billy Wagner Astros
1996 Cal Ripken Orioles
1997 Derek Jeter Yankees
1998 Nomar Garciaparra Red Sox
1999 Ben Grieve Athletics
2000 Vladimir Guerrero Expos
2001 Jason Giambi Athletics
2002 Adam Dunn Reds
2003 Garret Anderson Angels
2004 Garret Anderson Angels
2005 Gavin Floyd Phillies
2006 Nick Swisher Athletics
2007 Hanley Ramirez Marlins
2008 Ryan Braun Brewers
2009 David Wright Mets
2010 Ryan Braun Brewers
2011 Buster Posey Giants
2012 Derek Jeter Yankees
2013 Adam Jones Orioles
2014 Derek Jeter Yankees
2015 Clayton Kershaw Dodgers
2016 Mike Trout Angels
2017 Kris Bryant Cubs

Donruss:

1981 Ozzie Smith Padres
1982 Pete Rose Phillies
1983 Fernando Valenzuela Dodgers
1984 Robin Yount Brewers
1985 Ryne Sandberg Cubs
1986 Kirk Gibson Tigers
1987 Wally Joyner Angels
1988 Mark McGwire Athletics
1989 Mike Greenwell Red Sox
1990 Bo Jackson Royals
1991 Dave Stieb Blue Jays
1992 Mark Wohlers Braves
1993 Craig Lefferts Orioles
1994 Nolan Ryan Rangers
1995 David Justice Braves
1996 Frank Thomas White Sox
1997 Juan Gonzalez Rangers
1998 Paul Molitor Twins
2001 Alex Rodriguez Rangers
2002 Alex Rodriguez Rangers
2003 Vladimir Guerrero Expos
2004 Derek Jeter Yankees
2005 Garret Anderson Angels
2014 Paul Goldschmidt Diamondbacks
2015 Paul Goldschmidt Diamondbacks
2016 A.J. Pollock Diamondbacks
2017 Paul Goldschmidt Diamondbacks

Fleer:

1959 Ted Williams Red Sox
1960 Nap Lajoie Indians
1961 Frank Baker Athletics
1961 Zach Wheat Dodgers
1961 Ty Cobb Tigers
1963 Steve Barber Orioles
1981 Pete Rose Phillies
1982 Dusty Baker Dodgers
1983 Joaquin Andujar Cardinals
1984 Mike Boddicker Orioles
1985 Doug Bair Tigers
1986 Steve Balboni Royals
1987 Rick Aguilera Mets
1988 Keith Atherton Twins
1989 Don Baylor Athletics
1990 Lance Blankenship Athletics
1991 Troy Afenir Athletics
1992 Brady Anderson Orioles
1993 Steve Avery Braves
1994 Brady Anderson Orioles
1995 Brady Anderson Orioles
1996 Manny Alexander Orioles
1997 Roberto Alomar Orioles
2002 Darin Erstad Angels
2006 Adam Kennedy Angels
2007 Chad Cordero Nationals

Leaf:

1949 Joe Dimaggio Yankees
1960 Luis Aparicio White Sox
1986 Kirk Gibson Tigers
1987 Wally Joyner Angels
1988 Mark McGwire Athletics
1990 Leaf Inc. MLB
1991 Leaf Inc. MLB
1992 Jim Abbott Angels
1993 Ben McDonald Orioles
1994 Cal Ripken Orioles
1995 Frank Thomas White Sox
1996 John Smoltz Braves
1997 Wade Boggs Yankees
1998 Rusty Greer Rangers
2002 Tim Salmon Angels
2003 Brad Fullmer Angels
2004 Darin Erstad Angels
2005 Bartolo Colon Angels

O-Pee-Chee:

1965 Brooks Robinson Orioles
1965 Tony Oliva Twins
1965 Elston Howard Yankees
1966 Willie Mays Giants
1967 Brooks Robinson Orioles
1967 Frank Robinson Orioles
1967 Hank Bauer Orioles
1968 Tony Gonzalez Phillies
1968 Matty Alou Pirates
1968 Roberto Clemente Pirates
1969 Danny Cater Athletics
1969 Carl Yastrzemski Red Sox
1969 Tony Oliva Twins
1970 World Champions Mets
1970 World Champions Orioles
1971 World Series Champions Orioles
1971 World Series Champions Reds
1972 World Champions Orioles
1972 World Champions Pirates
1973 Hank Aaron Braves
1973 Willie Mays Mets
1973 Babe Ruth Yankees
1974 Hank Aaron Braves
1975 Hank Aaron Braves
1976 Hank Aaron Brewers
1977 Bill Madlock Cubs
1977 George Brett Royals
1978 Dave Parker Pirates
1978 Rod Carew Twins
1979 Lee May Orioles
1980 Craig Swan Mets
1981 Frank Pastore Reds
1982 Dan Spillner Indians
1983 Rusty Staub Mets
1984 Pascual Perez Braves
1985 Tom Seaver White Sox
1986 Pete Rose Reds
1987 Ken Oberkfell Braves
1988 Chris James Phillies
1989 Brook Jacoby Indians
1990 Nolan Ryan Rangers
1991 Nolan Ryan Rangers
1992 Nolan Ryan Rangers
1993 Jim Abbott Yankees
1994 Paul Molitor Blue Jays
2009 Melvin Mora Orioles

Pacific:

1993 Rafael Belliard Braves
1994 Steve Avery Braves
1995 Steve Avery Braves
1996 Steve Avery Braves
1997 Garret Anderson Angels
1998 Luis Alicea Angels
1999 Garret Anderson Angels
2000 Garret Anderson Angels
2001 Garret Anderson Angels

Pinnacle:

1992 Frank Thomas White Sox
1993 Gary Sheffield Padres
1994 Frank Thomas White Sox
1995 Jeff Bagwell Astros
1996 Greg Maddux Braves
1997 Cecil Fielder Yankees
1998 Tony Gwynn Padres
2013 Aroldis Chapman Reds

Score:

1988 Don Mattingly Yankees
1989 Jose Canseco Athletics
1990 Don Mattingly Yankees
1991 Jose Canseco Athletics
1992 Ken Griffey Jr. Mariners
1993 Ken Griffey Jr. Mariners
1994 Barry Bonds Giants
1995 Frank Thomas White Sox
1996 Will Clark Rangers
1997 Jeff Bagwell Astros
1998 Andruw Jones Braves

Sportflics:

1986 George Brett Royals
1987 Don Mattingly Yankees
1988 Don Mattingly Yankees
1989 Jose Canseco Athletics
1990 Kevin Mitchell Giants
1995 Ken Griffey Jr. Mariners
1996 Wade Boggs Yankees

Topps:

For posterity’s sake.

1951 Eddie Yost Senators
1951 Yogi Berra Yankees
1952 Andy Pafko Dodgers
1953 Jackie Robinson Dodgers
1954 Ted Williams Red Sox
1955 Dusty Rhodes Giants
1956 William Harridge MLB
1957 Ted Williams Red Sox
1958 Ted Williams Red Sox
1959 Ford Frick MLB
1960 Early Wynn White Sox
1961 Dick Groat Pirates
1962 Roger Maris Yankees
1963 Hank Aaron Braves
1963 Bill White Cardinals
1963 Stan Musial Cardinals
1963 Tommy Davis Dodgers
1963 Frank Robinson Reds
1964 Dick Ellsworth Cubs
1964 Sandy Koufax Dodgers
1964 Bob Friend Pirates
1965 Brooks Robinson Orioles
1965 Frank Howard Senators
1965 Tony Oliva Twins
1966 Willie Mays Giants
1967 Brooks Robinson Orioles
1967 Frank Robinson Orioles
1967 Hank Bauer Orioles
1968 Tony Gonzalez Phillies
1968 Bob Clemente Pirates
1968 Matty Alou Pirates
1969 Danny Cater Athletics
1969 Carl Yastrzemski Red Sox
1969 Tony Oliva Twins
1970 World Champs Mets
1971 World Champions Orioles
1972 World Champions Pirates
1973 Hank Aaron Braves
1973 Willie Mays Mets
1973 Babe Ruth Yankees
1974 Hank Aaron Braves
1975 Hank Aaron Braves
1976 Hank Aaron Brewers
1977 Bill Madlock Cubs
1977 George Brett Royals
1978 Lou Brock Cardinals
1979 Dave Parker Pirates
1979 Rod Carew Twins
1980 Lou Brock Cardinals
1980 Carl Yastrzemski Red Sox
1981 Bill Buckner Cubs
1981 George Brett Royals
1982 Steve Carlton Phillies
1983 Tony Armas Athletics
1984 Steve Carlton Phillies
1985 Carlton Fisk White Sox
1986 Pete Rose Reds
1987 Roger Clemens Red Sox
1988 Vince Coleman Cardinals
1989 George Bell Blue Jays
1990 Nolan Ryan Rangers
1991 Nolan Ryan Rangers
1992 Nolan Ryan Rangers
1993 Robin Yount Brewers
1994 Mike Piazza Dodgers
1995 Frank Thomas White Sox
1996 Tony Gwynn Padres
1997 Barry Bonds Giants
1998 Tony Gwynn Padres
1999 Roger Clemens Blue Jays
2000 Mark McGwire Cardinals
2001 Cal Ripken Jr. Orioles
2002 Pedro Martinez Red Sox
2003 Alex Rodriguez Rangers
2004 Jim Thome Phillies
2005 Alex Rodriguez Yankees
2006 Alex Rodriguez Yankees
2007 John Lackey Angels
2008 Alex Rodriguez Yankees
2009 Alex Rodriguez Yankees
2010 Prince Fielder Brewers
2011 Ryan Braun Brewers
2012 Ryan Braun Brewers
2013 Bryce Harper Nationals
2014 Mike Trout Angels
2015 Derek Jeter Yankees
2016 Mike Trout Angels
2017 Kris Bryant Cubs

Upper Deck:

1989 Ken Griffey Jr. Mariners
1990 Star Rookies Checklist MLB
1991 Star Rookies Checklist MLB
1992 Ryan Klesko Braves
1992 Jim Thome Indians
1993 Tim Salmon Angels
1994 Brian Anderson Angels
1995 Ruben Rivera Yankees
1996 Cal Ripken Jr. Orioles
1997 Jackie Robinson Dodgers
1998 Tino Martinez Yankees
1999 Troy Glaus Angels
2000 Rick Ankiel Cardinals
2001 Jeff DaVanon Angels
2002 Mark Prior Cubs
2003 John Lackey Angels
2004 Dontrelle Willis Marlins
2005 Casey Kotchman Angels
2006 Adam Kennedy Angels
2007 Doug Slaten Diamondbacks
2008 Joe Saunders Angels
2009 Randy Johnson Diamondbacks
2010 Star Rookies Checklist MLB

Company:

Across the 11 brands listed below, there were a total of 268 sets, with 301 total players represented. Cards with multiple players on the front(league leaders, grouped rookies) count multiple times, once for each individual player.

Bowman – 1948-1955;1989-2017 38
Donruss – 1981-1998;2001-2005;2014-Present 27
Fleer – 1959;1961;1963;1981-1997;2002;2006-2007 26
Leaf – 1949;1960;1985-1988;1990-1998;2002-2005 18
O-Pee-Chee – 1965-1994;2009 46
Pacific – 1993-2001 9
Pinnacle – 1992-1998;2013 8
Score – 1988-1998 11
Sportflics – 1986-1990;1995-1996 7
Topps – 1951-2017 88
Upper Deck – 1989-2010 23

Team:

Players may be duplicated, they’re listed once for brevity.

Orioles – Oswald Peraza, Glenn Davis, Cal Ripken Jr., Adam Jones, Craig Lefferts, Steve Barber, Mike Boddicker, Brady Anderson, Manny Alexander, Roberto Alomar, Ben McDonald, Brooks Robinson, Frank Robinson, Hank Bauer, 1969 World Series, 1970 World Series Champions, Lee May, Melvin Mora 30
Angels – Garret Anderson, Mike Trout, Wally Joyner, Darin Erstad, Adam Kennedy, Jim Abbott, Tim Salmon, Brad Fullmer, Bartolo Colon, Luis Alicea, John Lackey, Brian Anderson, Troy Glaus, Jeff DaVanon, Casey Kotchman, Joe Saunders 29
Yankees – Whitey Ford, Yogi Berra, Phil Rizzuto, Derek Jeter, Joe DiMaggio, Wade Boggs, Elston Howard, Babe Ruth, Cecil Fielder, Don Mattingly, Roger Maris, Ruben Rivera, Tino Martinez 28
Braves – Bill Elliot, Vernon Bickford, Tommy Greene, Mark Wohlers, David Justice, Steve Avery, John Smoltz, Hank Aaron, Pascual Perez, Ken Oberkfell, Rafael Belliard, Greg Maddux, Andrew Jones, Ryan Klesko 23
Athletics – Ben Grieve, Jason Giambi, Nick Swisher, Mark McGwire, Frank Baker, Don Baylor, Lance Blankenship, Troy Afenir, Danny Cater, Jose Canseco, Tony Armas 15
Rangers – Ivan Rodriguez, Nolan Ryan, Juan Gonzalez, Alex Rodriguez, Rusty Greer, Will Clark 14
Red Sox – Mel Parnell, Nomar Garciaparra, Mike Greenwell, Carl Yastrezemski, Ted Williams, Roger Clemens, Pedro Martinez 12
Pirates – Matty Alou, Roberto Clemente, Dave Parker, Dick Groat, Bob Friend, 1971 World Series Champions 10
White Sox – Frank Thomas, Luis Aparicio, Tom Seaver, Early Wynn, Carlton Fisk 10
Dodgers – Clayton Kershaw, Fernando Valenzuela, Zach Wheat, Dusty Baker, Andy Pafko, Jackie Robinson, Tommy Davis, Sandy Koufax, Mike Piazza 10
Brewers – Ryan Braun, Robin Yount, Hank Aaron, Prince Fielder 9
Giants – Davey Williams, Hoyt Wilhelm, Buster Posey, Willie Mays, Barry Bonds, Kevin Mitchell, Dusty Rhodes 9
Phillies – Gavin Floyd, Pete Rose, Tony Gonzalez, Chris James, Steve Carlton, Jim Thome 9
Twins – Rod Carew, Paul Molitor, Keith Atherton, Tony Oliva 9
Cardinals – Joaquin Andujar, Bill White, Stan Musial, Lou Brock, Vince Coleman, Mark McGwire, Rick Ankiel 8
Cubs – Kris Bryant, Ryne Sandberg, Bill Madlock, Dick Ellsworth, Bill Buckner, Mark Prior 8
Mets – David Wright, Rick Aguilera, Willie Mays, Craig Swan, Rusty Staub, 1969 World Series Champions(Topps), 1969 World Series Champions(O-Pee-Chee) 8
Reds – Gus Bell, Adam Dunn, Frank Pastore, Pete Rose, Aroldis Chapman, Frank Robinson, 1970 World Series 8
MLB – William Harridge, Ford Frick, Leaf Inc., Star Rookies Checklists 7
Diamondbacks – Paul Goldschmidt, A.J. Pollock, Doug Slaten, Randy Johnson 6
Royals – Bo Jackson, Steve Balboni, George Brett 6
Blue Jays – Joe Carter, Dave Stieb, Paul Molitor, George Bell, Roger Clemens 5
Padres – Ozzie Smith, Gary Sheffield, Tony Gwynn 5
Mariners – Ken Griffey Jr. 4
Indians – Nap Lajoie, Dan Spillner, Brook Jacoby, Jim Thome 4
Tigers – Kirk Gibson, Ty Cobb, Doug Blair 4
Astros – Billy Wagner, Jeff Bagwell 3
Expos – Vladimir Guerrero 2
Marlins – Hanley Ramirez, Dontrelle Willis 2
Nationals – Chad Cordero, Bryce Harper 2
Senators – Eddie Yost, Frank Howard 2

2017 Panini Chronicles

Panini’s Chronicles, which released around Thanksgiving, can be found in retail and hobby sets. Here I’ll be demo-ing a retail box. A spendy risk with only four packs, and twenty cards for 20$, but I took my chances and was rewarded.

Pack One: Chris Archer, Pete Rose, Yonder Alonso, Scott Schebler #/999, Mitch Haniger Absolute Rookies Blue retail parallel.

 

Card back.

Pack Two: Mike Schmidt, Charlie Blackmon, Odubel Herrera, Scott Schebler #/999, Guillermo Heredia Rated Rookies.

Pack Three: Carlos Correa, Giancarlo Stanton, Logan Morrison, Josh Harrison, Max Scherzer red prizm.


Pack Four: Trevor Story, Dee Gordon, Ryan Braun, Cody Bellinger Rated Rookie, Paul Konerko #/99 relic!

Closeup of Paul Konerko, #94/99.

I’ve got another one of these to post as well, and I just finished cataloging every major set released by the major brands so expect a updated #1s post.

Surprises

In the lead up to the holiday season, my parents got several packages that were ours without knowing what the contents were inside. How could they know whether they were a present for the wife or myself, or if it was part of a secret santa exchange? They can’t, but when they mentioned that I had a bubble mailer from a “Fedor?” – I knew it was from Twitter.

Some time back I held a contest celebrating my crossing the 2,000 followers on twitter. I only had a few entrants, and decided to giveaway something to each person. With each package I included a blank dupe card with instructions to decorate, draw, sign, whatever – and return. Well I nearly forgot about those when this package showed up.

So when I got to the parents house one day last week, I was surprised to say the least. Not that I had one returned finally, but with all the other cards included! Check these out!

A mixture of new and old. Rookie and veteran. A strong start. Then there’s this double sided, double featured Jose Berrios/Tyler Jay Bowman Chrome(that I made into a gif), and a Bowman Scouts Top 100 Max Kepler:

I’m not sure how two pitchers would “Turn Two” but I get what they were going for in the set. The German import, Max Kepler’s made a name for himself in the Twins lineup batting .243/.312/.425 last year with 19 home runs and 32 doubles. Speaking of veterans:

Manager, and light hitting 2B/3B in his playing days, Frank Quilici became a fan favorite for his interactions with said fans. As well, this 1973 Topps card is the “rarer” non-solid background in the coaches area. Can almost make up the palm trees at the Twins spring training facility. Besides, how can you not love those ’70s sideburns?

Including a PC card? Definitely a plus in my book. Not too many people opened the limited run Leaf Memories, and I swear I’ve got most of the Eades print run.

Finally, they included the requested card with what I assume is an homage to Homer At The Bat. If only all surprises were this well prepared! Signing off for now, but revel in the below artwork from Ryan: