2015 Topps series 1 HTA jumbo – inserts

29 03 2015

The inserts are up next.  Overall, the insert class is pretty decent in 2015.  I’m still all for the greatness of the base set – but the inserts are decent, too.  A few too many, as always – but decent.  For the inserts, I always like to go in the order of “least favorite” to “most favorite”.

Topps Orignials is first – I pulled three of those from my box.  I’m just not a big fan of these things.  I’d rather they didn’t insert them, and if Topps insists, I’d rather they didn’t re-stamp them.

2015 Topps s1 Originals

The buybacks aren’t really an insert set, though – you can’t really put a checklist together of those cards and try to collect them.  But the rest of the sets I’ll show are.  And Topps has gotten one thing really right this year!  After many years of “lettering” cards, all the insert sets this year are numbered.  I’ve bitched and moaned about it before – but it’s just much better for collectors to number cards.  It’s really hard to put together a checklist when you have card #MA and #MW, but you don’t know if there are no cards or 4 cards in between.  If you have card #11 and card #14 – you know you’re missing 2 cards in there.  So kudos to Topps for going back to some common sense.

My least favorite is the 2-player set.  It’s a 15-card insert set called Inspired Play.  It has a better design than similar sets that Topps has done in the past.  But that’s the problem – Topps has done this so many times in the past!  A former player with a current player and a write-up about how said former player inspired said current player.  It’s so far from unique. Even though the set is pretty nice on the eyes – it’s hard to see this insert set without rolling those eyes.  I got 5 of these in my box.

2015 Topps s1 Inspired Play

The next one is a 30-card insert called Highlight of the Year.  Like some of the other inserts, this set picks a date of a notable accomplishment.  The design isn’t bad – I like the old beat up baseball in the back.  Unfortunately a lot of the cards are bad choices – 3 of the cards below are just the last day of the season the year a guy won the MVP.  The Lou Gehrig one is great – the first day of his legendary games played streak.  I got the 10 cards below.

2015 Topps Highlight of the Year 2015 Topps Highlight of the Year_0001

Topps did another sensible thing with the numbering here.  If you’ll notice – the cards above are all ordered sequentially by year.  They are on the back, too.  So card #1 is Lou Gehrig from 1925, and that’s the earliest year on there.  Beckett is card #28 – there are 2 more after that and they’re both later than 2003.  Common sense, yes.  But Topps hasn’t done that in the past and I’m glad they did this year.

Next up is a 25-card insert set called Archetypes – which is exactly what you would think.  It’s players who personify a type of trait – like Rickey Henderson with speed / stealing bases.  It’s an OK design, but mostly it just seems like an excuse to get good players Topps has into another insert set – it’s not a particularly keen idea.  Mike Piazza’s archetype is “power”.  Babe Ruth, Mark McGwire – that makes sense, but it’s not the first thing I think of when someone mentions Mike Piazza.  I also got 10 of these – 1 per pack.

2015 Topps s1 Archetypes

Next up is Gallery of Greats, which is 25 cards done in a similar way as framed paper cards from Gypsy Queen sets.  They have a holofoil type background, and they aren’t super thick like some similar cards Topps has made.  They don’t blow me away – but they are nicely done, and are the rarer insert (like “The Greats” and “Elite” from last year) in this year’s product.  I got these 2 guys.

2015 Topps s1 Gallery of Greats

The next insert is called Baseball History.  There are 30 cards total – 15 dates with a world event and a baseball event on the same date.  The design seems a little too much like Upper Deck’s 20th Anniversary set from 6 years ago – but I really like the concept.  I wish I’d pulled 2 matching cards to show here – but this will be a really fun set to recap when I finish it off.  This came every other pack – 5 cards in the box.

2015 Topps s1 History

Two more sets here (there really are a few too many).  My next favorite is called Free Agent 40.  This is 15 cards celebrating 40 years of Free Agency.  A really cool idea – and a nice design.  I hope Topps continues it in series 2.  5 cards.

2015 Topps s1 Free Agent 40

Finally – my favorite insert isn’t even baseball players.  I wish Topps would throw something different like this in each year.  This set is 15 cards, and it’s called First Pitch.  It highlights famous people who threw out first pitches at ballgames.  I love it.  First pitches are a tradition that has been around for a long time – and it’s one of the many cool things that adds to the baseball experience.  Whether it’s a celebrity like Jeff Bridges or a touching reunion for a military family – first pitches are part of baseball.  And I prefer my baseball card sets to mirror some of those neat parts of baseball.  I also got 5 of these.

2015 Topps s1 First Pitch

By the way – this is also one I hope Topps continues in series 2.  I would suggest they add some of the first pitches like the father/son military one above.  You can’t lose with that idea!

That’s all for insert sets from my HTA box.  Next up are the hits and I’ll post something about the call your shot game, as well.





Friday Flicks: Sandlot Cinema #2 – Major League II

27 03 2015

I figured since I’d recently watched the first Major League movie – I might as well watch the sequel and do a follow-up post as my second “Friday Flicks”.  I downloaded it on Google Play, unfortunately for $9.99 – it really should be a $4 movie.  It was actually on MLB Network about 2 months ago, and I had recorded it.  But somehow the DVR decided not to keep it.  I remember watching Major League II, or at least parts of it, when I was younger, but that had been quite a while.

Major League II DVD

As I did before – in case you haven’t seen the movie yet – SPOILER ALERT!

Movie/Studio: “Major League II”, Morgan Creek Productions (distributed by Warner Bros.), 1994

Director: David S. Ward

  • Charlie Sheen – Ricky Vaughn
  • Tom Berenger – Jake Taylor
  • Corbin Benson – Roger Dorn
  • Omar Epps – Willie Mays Hayes
  • Dennis Haysbert – Pedro Cerrano
  • James Gammon – Lou Brown
  • Eric Bruskotter – Rube Baker
  • David Keith – Jack Parkman
  • Takaaki Ishibaki – Isuro Tanaka
  • Bob Uecker – Harry Doyle
  • Michelle Burke – Nikki Reese
  • Alison Doody – Rebecca Flannery
  • Margaret Whitton – Rachel Phelps
  • Randy Quaid – Johnny the Fan

Plot:  After winning their first division title in the original Major League film, the fictional version of the Cleveland Indians come back looking to make the World Series.  Play-by-play man Harry Doyle again acts as something of a narrator for the film.  Roger Dorn retired and purchased the team from unpopular owner Rachel Phelps, however the previous season’s success has changed the players.  Ricky Vaughn traded his bad boy image for a clean-cut look more conducive to endorsements.  Pedro Cerrano lost his aggression while becoming a Buddhist, and Wilie Mays Hayes (played by Omar Epps instead of Wesley Snipes) is concerned with his acting career and becoming a power hitter.

Jake Taylor has competition for his catching job – Dorn signed slugger Jack Parkman and manager Lou Brown asks Jake to help young Rube Baker get over his issues throwing the ball back to the pitcher’s mound.  Lou decides to cut Jake to keep Parkman and Baker, but, after some resistance, gets him to join the team as a coach.  The Tribe starts off in a funk, with only the arrogant Parkman having success.  Unfortunately, Dorn overpaid for the team and has to trade Parkman to the White Sox to be able to make payroll.  He signs Isuro Tanaka from Japan to help replace Parkman’s bat.

The team’s struggles continue.  Vaughn is unable to regain the speed on his fastball, but his current girlfriend and agent Rebecca Flannery wants him to keep the clean-cut look to attract more sponsors.  He also has a few run-ins with his ex, Nikki Reese, and her students that make him question his approach.  Dorn is forced to sell back to Phelps, who keeps him on as general manager and adds him to the roster.  Lou suffers a heart attack upon hearing the news and Jake takes over as manager.

In a double-header against the Red Sox, a brawl started by Hayes and Vaughn gets the whole team ejected, but emotional speeches by Baker and Tanaka help propel the team to a 2-1 comeback victory in the second game.  The Indians ride the momentum to a division title on the last day of the season, however Vaughn is still struggling.  The Indians face the White Sox, who’d knocked them out the year before, in a rematch in the ALCS.  They win the first 3 games of the series, however Phelps gives them a pre-game “pep talk” that brings up old doubts for many of the players.

After losing the next 3 games, Jake gives them a pep talk about Lou that has most of the team back to their old self before game 7.  Baker, Hayes and Cerrano, and even a washed-up Dorn help the Tribe to a 6-5 lead.  Taylor calls in Vaughn from the bullpen.  Ricky went back to his old haircut and demands to walk the bases loaded to get to Parkman.  Despite his objections, Taylor allows it and Vaughn strikes him out with 3 fastballs.  As the Indians celebrate their trip to the World Series, Vaughn rebuffs Rebecca to go find Nikki, who agrees to give dating him another try.

Big League Players in the Movie:

Brewers announcer and former Major Leaguer Bob Uecker reprises his role as Indians announcer Harry Doyle.  A year after this movie was made, he called the Indians in their first actual World Series since 1948.

Steve Yeager, former Dodger catcher, reprises his role as Indians’ coach Duke temple.

There are over 50 stand-in players who were current or former minor league ballplayers.  A few of those guys made the major leagues at some point in their career, including 2 pretty notable names – see below.

Indians:  Chuck Ricci pitched in 7 games for the Phillies in 1995, winning his only career decision.  Ricci pitched 11 years in the minors, and coincidentally worked as a scout for the Tribe after he retired.

White Sox:  John Stefero was a catcher who notched 44 hits and 3 homers in 3 MLB seasons with the Orioles and Expos.  He also played 11 years in the minors, from 1979-1990.

Other teams:  Ross Grimsley won 124 games over an 11-year MLB career.  He pitched in the 1972 World Series for the Reds and made the 1978 All-Star game when he won 20 games for the Expos.

Steve Lyons played 9 seasons as a utility player primarily for the White Sox and Red Sox, notching over 500 hits in 2,300 plate appearances.

Brian Kowitz, like Ricci, also had a cup of coffee in 1995, getting 4 hits in 24 at bats for the Braves.  He played in the minors from 1990 to 1996.

Bob Smith was a minor leaguer in the Braves organization at the time of filming.  His professional career spanned from 1992 to 2006, but he made the majors as an infielder for the Tampa Bay Rays from 1998-2002.  He played in the first game in Rays’ history, getting the first pinch hit in the organization’s history.

Baseball card connection:  There aren’t any cards shown in the actual movie – whereas the original had a bunch in Pedro Cerrano’s locker.  There were 2 sets issued for the original – but none for this sequel.

1989 Major League Cards - Chelcie Ross

2014 Archives box 1 Major League Taylor Vaughn

Best quote:  “When the tough get goin”, the goin’ get tough.” – Rube Baker, when Ricky Vaughn comes in at the end and demands to walk the bases loaded to get to slugger Jack Parkman.

There one-liners from this movie definitely aren’t as memorable as the original, but there are still some good ones – and Rube supplies quite a few of them.  This one was the best because to me.  It’s at the end of the movie when Vaughn has finally got his mojo back, and Charlie Sheen’s “huh?” expression after reminds you not to take this movie too seriously.  In a good way.

The other two I considered.  The first: “you have no … you have no … you have no marbles” when Isuru Tanaka is calling out Cerrano.  I also like the one where Doyle wakes up from his Jack Daniels stupor to the Indians brawling each other – “It looks like Willie Hayes is trying to hit Rick Vaughn, and why not, everyone else in the league does.”

Best song:  “The House is a Rockin'” by Stevie Ray Vaughan – It would be easy to select Wild Thing again, but I think the end credits are a good song for this movie.

Other Notable facts:

  • This is one of the cases where life came to imitate art.  When Mitch Williams garnered the nickname “Wild Thing”, playing the song when he came into the game just made sense.  This really gave traction to the idea of the entrance song for relief pitchers, particularly rock and metal songs.
  • “Major League II” was #1 at the box office in its first weekend of release (April 1st, 1994) – however it only reached #2 if you look at weekly totals. for 2 weeks upon release (April 7th and April 14th, 1989).  The Mighty Ducks was the #1 movie the weekend before and after ML2 garnered the top slot.
  • The movie grossed $30 million at the box office, which was 45th out of 1994 movies.  It’s the 19th highest grossing baseball movie of all-time – though it was 8th at the time of its release.  It generally had negative reviews and the $30 million is $15 million less than the first movie.

Like the first movie, there were a few nods to actual baseball players in the movie.

  • The retired numbers of Cleveland Stadium a number of times throughout the film.  An example from real life is Mel Harder (18) in the card below.  Other numbers shown include Earl Averill (3), Lou Boudrea (5), and Bob Feller (19).  Larry Doby and Bob Lemon have also had their numbers retired – but the way the angles worked, I didn’t see them in the movie.

1993 Topps best action Alomar

  • Vaughn mentions “The Ryan Express” (Nolan Ryan) when he is telling Jake about his new pitches and what he is nicknaming them.
  • You can see Buddy Bell’s picture in Jake Dorn’s office early in the movie.
  • The baseball scenes in the film was shot primarily at Baltimore’s Camden Yards.  You can see the B&O Warehouse in right field a few times throughout the film..

My opinion:  The premise of the movie works through how the team deals with a sophomore slump – which is ironic because the movie itself faces that issue.  It would have been nice to have Snipes back in the Willie Mays Hayes role, and Berenger’s role as Jake Taylor is lessened quite a bit.  Rube Baker’s role as the country idiot is funny at times, but in general the movie just seems a little bit cornier than the first one.

Obviously this movie isn’t as good as the original – but sequels rarely are.  I think this film gets a bad rap.  I enjoyed the hour and 45 minutes I spent watching it.  If you are a fan of the first one – I think you should see the second one.  It’s still a funny movie with endearing characters that is worth watching.





2015 Topps series 1 HTA jumbo – parallels

25 03 2015

Yesterday the hits, the day before the base cards – today the parallels.  There are fewer parallels this year – that’s a good thing!  First are the cards that I got from the HTA jumbo box, and the first one of those is a photo variation (not exactly a parallel – but similar).  I pulled Salvador Perez.  I like this card – and I like Perez after he got a lot of his first national exposure last postseason.

2015 Topps s1 Photo Variations - Salvador Perez

Here’s the real parallels.

1) Rainbow Foil

You get 1 “red foil” parallel card every other pack out of the HTA jumbo box – so I got 5 of these.  This replaces the Red Hot Foil and the Emerald / Gold and Diamond Foil cards from previous years.  This is a little different from those sets – to me, the background is closer to refractor technology than anything. 

2015 Topps s1 Rainbow Foil

2) Topps Gold (#/2015)

Topps Gold has been here in different forms since 1992.  I think this Gold border works better with this design than it did in past years.  Since around 2007, the Gold borders have just been print color, as opposed to foil.  But this year, it’s got a different kind of shine to it and the Gold cards actually look like a step up from the base cards.  Which is what you should be doing with a parallel card.

2015 Topps s1 Gold

3) Silver Framed (#/20)

These were new in 2015, and were only available in Hobby or HTA jumbo packs.  And I pulled one!  These are super thick metal-ish cards with made to look like a frame.  They’re pretty nice.

2015 Topps s1 Bumgarner Framed WS game 5

Those were all the parallels I pulled – so the rest are snagged from the internet.

4) Snow Camo (#/99)

Back for its third year are camouflage inserts.  Only this time, they are in snow form.  They are still numbered out of 99.

2015 Topps Snow Camo Bumgarner

5) Black (#/64)

Topps has had these for as long as I’ve been back in the collecting world.  Like the Topps Gold versions – I just think these look a lot better this year than they have in the past.  I think Topps screwed up, however – they are usually numbered as the year plus 50 – for example in 2013 they were numbered to 63.  Last year to 64.  And this year… they were numbered out of 64 again.  Topps basically forgot to add the year!

2015 Topps black Bumgarner

6) Pink (#/50)

Also back for a third year.  It must be the design – because these sure look a lot better, too.

2015 Topps pink Bumgarner

7) Clear (#/10)

Also known as acetate.  These are bad-ass.  I want one!

2015 Topps acetate Bumgarner

8) Platinum (#/1)

2015 Topps Platinum Tanner Roark

Retail Exclusives

9) Toys-R-Us Purple

2015 Topps Toys R Us Purple Bumgarner

10) Printing Plates (#/1)

There are a lot fewer this year – there were 15 when I did this last year.  Silk cards are gone, and four retail exclusives are gone as well (Target Red / Wal-Mart Blue / Green / Yellow).  I think this is a good thing!

2015 Topps yellow plate Trout





2015 Topps Series 1 – base cards

23 03 2015

As mentioned, I got a box of Topps series 1 HTA jumbo packs last month.  I got the full set of 350 cards – which is one of the benefits for buying a jumbo box instead of a hobby box.

I showed them yesterday, but here are the retired players again.  It would be great if Topps adds Adam Dunn and Alfonso Soriano in series 2.

2015 Topps Jeter Konerko

The first thing after that I’ll scan is the full Reds team set.  There are 14 cards, excluding a couple of Johnny Cueto appearances on the league leader subset.  As you can see, team cards are back for the first time in a couple of years.  And I’ll re-scan the Billy Hamilton card a little later here – with a minor complaint to go with it.  2 cards I particularly like here.  The Mesoraco face has gotten a lot of interest on the blog-o-sphere.  And it’s nice to see local Cincy products like Kahn’s and Kroger in the background of the Todd Frazier card.

2015 Topps s1 Reds cards_00012015 Topps s1 Reds cards_0002

Speaking of league leaders.  Here are the 10 League Leader cards.  I think the 3-player horizontal design really needs to go.  I like some of the older versions Topps did in the 60’s and 70’s better.

2015 Topps s1 League Leaders Pitchers

2015 Topps s1 League Leaders Hitters

Back for the 2nd straight year is the Future Stars subset.  There are 16 players in this subset.  That means there will probably be 32 in total – which is too much if you ask me.  And I really don’t think the Topps All-Star Rookie Team should be included.  Evan Gattis was a rookie in 2013 – that just doesn’t seem to be what Topps did in the past with the Future Stars theme.

2015 Topps s1 Future Stars_0001

2015 Topps s1 Future Stars_0002

DeGrom didn’t make the All-Star Rookie Team, despite winning the NL Rookie of the Year award.  I think that’s fair – Tanaka was probably a better pitcher last year.

Another subset is the checklists.  I’ve read some complaints about these cards – why do you need checklists in today’s age, the writing is too small, etc.  I’m mostly OK with these cards, but just because I like that Topps is getting season highlights into the set.  I’d rather have a write-up on the back about Jeter’s last game at Yankee Stadium, but I’m fine with it being a checklist, too.

2015 Topps s1 Checklists

The last subset is the World Series Highlights.  4 of the 7 games can be found in series 1 – games 1, 4,5 and 7.

2015 Topps s1 World Series

There were a lot of retro jerseys in last year’s set – but I could only find 3 alternate jerseys in this year’s series 1.

2015 Topps s1 retro uniforms

Here’s the best photos, in my opinion, in the series.

2015 Topps s1 action shots

Nice that Trout, who won the AL MVP after starting his career with 2 runner-ups, got a great photo in this set.  I already showed Abreu and DeGrom – the RoY winners – above; below are the other two award winners.

2015 Topps s1 Kershaw Kluber

And the next are just some of the best players / hobby all-stars in today’s game.

2015 Topps s1 best players

2015 Topps s1 best players_0001

In the next post I’ll showcase the parallel cards I got.





2015 Topps Series 1 – HTA box

21 03 2015

I know I’m way behind on this – Heritage is already out and Opening Day is coming out in a couple of days.  But I wanted to finish my 2001 Topps posts before I got to the current year’s set.  I bought a HTA jumbo box a month ago, which is what I typically do because it’s more value.  There are 3 guaranteed hits, compared to 1 in a hobby box, and the inserts tend to be much better.  You pay a little more than a third extra – that feels like it’s worth it.

Here was my first card – card #289, Matt Joyce.  Nothing too exciting, except that this year’s design is exciting all by itself.  More on that later.

First Topps card of 2015 - Matt Joyce

Just like last year – the most notable cards to me were the two retiring greats.  Derek Jeter led off the set with card #1, and Paul Konerko was card #177.  Both are memorable cards from their last game.  Todd Helton and Mariano Rivera were the 2 guys a year ago.

2015 Topps Jeter Konerko

I love when Topps does this final card with a full line of statistics.  It’s good to have a flagship Topps card in 2015 showing Jeter’s tally of 3,465 hits.  Just like it’s good to see 439 homers on the back of Konerko’s card.  I prefer the Mickey Mantle treatment over the Stan Musial option.  Mantle got a card in 1969 Topps, but Musial didn’t have one in 1964.

Thoughts on the set:

  • Design.  The best design since I’ve been back collecting.  I’ve seen people call it the fingerprint set and the stucco set.  I kind of like the latter description – I just got in contract to buy a house that has stucco on the front, and I think it fits.  The bottom right that makes people think of fingerprints – it really looks more like a sonar wave.  I’d also point out that there are small linear circles at the bottom that kind of look like a cheese grater.  Regardless, I’m just ecstatic that Topps went with a colorful design.  And they did it very well, I might add.  I think 10 years from now, if you say “2011 Topps” or “2013 Topps” – you won’t readily know the difference.  But 2015 Topps?  The colorful borders will immediately jump into collector’s heads.  Good job Topps!  Standing out (without being gaudy) is good!  The card backs are pretty nice, too – they keep with design elements from the front.
  • Photography.  The photos are pretty good, but not as good as last 2013 or 2012.  Continuing a trend from last year, most of the photos are just too closely cropped.  I like a little variety, and there are some that aren’t cropped too bad, but overall I prefer shots where you can see the background a little more.  That’s not the case in this set – the Jeter and Konerko above are probably the 2 furthest cropped cards in the set.
  • Parallels.  2011 – 8 full parallels (ignoring anything 1/1).  2012 – down to 6.  2013 – ramped up to 11 total.  2014 – a whopping 13.  That was too much in my opinion.  Now they’re back to 8, though there could be more.  Target and Wal-Mart don’t have red or blue parallels, which helps.  The framed cards (#/20) are pretty cool, and the awesome acetate cards (#/10) are back from last year.  I wish the acetate cards were easier to pull – out of 100 or something like that.
  • Inserts.  Topps has a particular focus on baseball history this year.  More specifically, many of the inserts focus on dates in history.  I like most of the inserts.  The first pitch cards are great – though I wish they could get a few bigger stars in there.  Hopefully series 2 will continue this set.  Thankfully, Topps went away from the mini versions of old designs.  Overall – the inserts seem very interesting and collectible.
  • Other.  There are 16 cards with the “future stars” designation, but I don’t like that Topps added that to anybody with a rookie cup on their cards.  Those were always separate, and I wish they’d keep it that way. The 3-player league leader design has got to go!  Finally, the relics that I pulled and the autos I’ve seen are pretty nice.

Bottom line – I love the colorful new design.  A month ago when I opened it (and wrote this), it was the most excited I’ve been about Topps flagship since 2010 (when I got back into cards), or 2011 (which was the 60th anniversary).  Tomorrow I’ll show off some more of those cards.





Trade with reader Brian

19 03 2015

My third straight trade post was a trade from last week.  Brian reached out to me about a trade soon after I my 2001 posts got up and running.  He’s got an interesting project on his end – he’s basically trying to get every card Topps produced in 2001.  Needless to say, I had a few things to help him get further on that path.  Brian actually lives in Chicago, so we figured we’d meet up in person to make the trade.  This was my first ever in-person trade; it helps to save on the shipping!

If anyone has some 2001 Topps cards (including Bowman, Chrome, Finest, Heritage – anything they made) – let me know.  He asked me if I knew anyone else who’d be a good trade partner, and I’ll certainly be able to help connect fellow collectors!

Now on to my part of the goodies!  Since I had a big issue with cards sticking together, I had quite a few needs for that set.  Brian knocked out over 200 of those cards, and I’m really close to finishing the set up.  Here are my favorites from all 181 of the 2001 Topps cards he sent:

Trade Reader Brian 2001 Topps

Trade Reader Brian 2001 Topps_0001

Trade Reader Brian 2001 Topps_0002

Trade Reader Brian 2001 Topps_0003

Brian also sent me 19 Topps Traded cards.  Thanks again for the trade, Brian!





Some Therapy in the mail

17 03 2015

At the end of February, I traded with Adam from Minnesota.  Adam reached out to me in January, and shortly after that he had thrown his hat into the blogging ring.  Adam’s new site is called “Addiction as Therapy” – a clever name and a neat perspective.  Adam got back into cards as a hobby after he’d had to go through heart surgery.  While I don’t have a story nearly that interesting, I certainly appreciate the calming effect cards can have.  Plus, I could tell my wife about his blog, and that’s helped convince her that all these cards of baseball cards are a good thing!

I sent Adam a few cards to tackle Topps sets he needed, and a few cards of Bo Jackson and Fernando Valenzuela from the mid-90’s.  And 3 cards to help him toward the 2015 Topps set.

Adam sent me 3 cards toward my retro set wants.  That Buster Posey may be the best card in the Heritage set.

Trade - Addiction as Therapy

He also sent me 8 inserts from last year’s Topps sets – always glad to get these in trades so I don’t have to fork over some cash later down the line!

Trade - Addiction as Therapy_0001

Thanks for the trade, Adam!  And good luck with your new blog!  I’m already enjoying the reading.








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