As I mentioned a couple of posts ago – I’m almost done with the 2011 Topps Lineage “Master set”. I’ve completed every standard insert set, and now I’ve finished up the last box topper set that was made in the design of the 1964 Topps Giants card set.
Info about the set:
Set description: “Featuring 20 of today’s stars, these cards mimic the original 1964 Topps Giants design and postcard size.” Like all of the Lineage inserts, this is a tribute to a past oddball set. The 1964 Giant cards were issued as a 60-card set in their own packs in 1964, and are actually still fairly affordable options given how old they are. Here’s my previous post comparing the current set with the old set. he jumbo card set measures 3-1/8″ x 5-1/4″. The set features a color portrait with a baseball in one of the bottom corners containing the player name, team and position. The backs of the cards feature a black and white photo of the player with a newspaper style write-up.
Set composition: 20 cards, 1 per hobby box
Hall of Famers: None – only current players.
How I put the set together:
2 cards from my two hobby boxes
8 cards from and eBay lot
10 cards from Sportlots/COMC
Thoughts on the set: I love this set. I liked the idea of the Lineage set back in 2011, except some of the execution wasn’t great. This was a set where Topps got it right. Unlike the Heritage version of this set that came out a couple of years later, this set is reasonably attainable. You get 1 per box, so it’s been a tough set to complete, especially since it’s jumbo cards. But the cards can be found for a couple of bucks, and even the Jeter I found for less than $10.
Card that completed my set: TG-8 Ichiro
I got Ichiro’s card from Sportlots about a month ago. For whatever reason, I got renewed focus this year to finish the Lineage sets and have been buying cards up where I could find a reasonable price. This was the last of a few purchases in 2014 that made this set complete!
Highest book value: TG-5 Derek Jeter
Jeter is generally the most valuable of any current player.
Best card (my opinion): TG-9 Miguel Cabrera
To me this one is hands down the best picture, and the back was pretty neat. The newspaper style write-up described how Cabrera came back from a couple of days off for the birth of his daughter to hit 3 homers in one game for the Tigers. Jason Heyward’s write-up was about the home run he hit in his first major league at bat. That was pretty memorable, but the picture for Cabrera’s card is way better.
My Favorite Reds card: TG-7 Joey Votto
He’s the only Red in the set. I miss three years ago when he was close to being the best player in baseball and the Reds seemed very capable of making a World Series run.
Other tidbits: Ultra-pro makes 4 card sheets that fit these fairly well. As you can see – not perfectly, because they will move around in the sheet a bit. But it means I don’t need to take them out of the sheets to scan them in!