Completed insert set – 2010 Topps Tales of the Game (& More Tales)

12 08 2012

Topps Tales of the Game is an insert set in 2010 series 1, and they had an update to the set – More Tales of the Game – in the Topps Update product that year.  I’m counting these as one set.

Info about the set:

Set description: “Commemorates baseball apocrypha, such as: Eddie Gaedel, and the Pine Tar incident.”  The set has a red flag in the upper left hand corner saying “Tales of the Game” and the headline of the “tale” is below.

Set composition: 40 cards (2010 Topps series 1 – 25 cards, 2010 Topps Update – 15 cards), 1:6 odds

Hall of Famers: 16

Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth (3 cards), Jackie Robinson, Ernie Banks, Bill Mazeroski, Mickey Mantle, Reggie Jackson (2 cards), Carlton Fisk, Ozzie Smith, Wade Boggs, Cal Ripken, Eddie Mathews, Mike Schmidt, Andre Dawson, Walter Johnson, Warren Spahn.

How I put the set together:

  • 6 cards from series 1 hobby box
  • 7 cards from update hobby box
  • 1 card from update HTA jumbo pack
  • 7 cards from eBay
  • 9 cards from trades
  • 2 cards from a card show
  • 8 cards from Sportlots

Thoughts on the set:  Topps had 3 sets that really delved into baseball history in 2010.  I liked all 3 of them, but they had some that I thought went in the wrong set.  This is definitely apparent here.  The History of the World Series set didn’t have the original World Series – but the History of the Game did.  I have the checklist down at the bottom, but I think the Amazin’ Mets, Maz’s homer, Ruth’s called shot, Jackie stealing home, Fisk’s homer Reggie’s 3 homers – those all belong in the World Series set.  Ruth’s called shot and Schilling’s bloody sock do have arguments for being in a “Tales” set – so I’d have put them in both.

Now, the things like Jimmy Piersall running backward, the superstitions of Wade Boggs, the flips of “the Wizard”, the Curse of the Bambino, and getting hits for different teams in the same day (Joel Youngblood) – those are good additions.

What did they miss?  I’d have gone with some of these:

  • Ken Keltner ending Joe DiMaggio’s streak that would have reached over 70
  • Moises Alou peeing on his hands
  • Charlie Finley paying the 70’s A’s for “mustache flair”
  • Merkle’s Boner
  • As they advertised – Eddie Gaedel and George Brett for the Pine Tar (seriously, how do they not get their advertised tales into the set?)
  • Rickey Henderson breaks Lou Brock’s record – and Nolan Ryan goes out and throws his 7th no-hitter on the same day
  • Johnny Vander Meer’s 2 straight no-hitters
  • Hippo Vaughn and Fred Toney battle through 9 innings of double no-hit ball on May 2, 1917
  • Ted Kluszewski cutting off the shoulders of his uniform
  • Harvey Haddix throwing 12 perfect innings – only to lose the game in the 13th
  • Wally Pipp’s headache (which was in the History of the Game set)
  • Yankees putting numbers on their backs
  • At some point, I believe Milwaukee played a home game in Cleveland due to snow

Like I’ve said, I love just about any type of set celebrates the history of the game – especially one celebrating its idiosyncrasies.  I wish they’d taken out some of the dumber ones (Strasburg, intra-city sweep, Topps dumping 1952 cards) below and added my ideas!

Card that completed my set: #TOG17 – Wade Boggs, “Who You Calling Chicken”

One of 2 cards I got in January from Sportlots

Highest book value: #TOG19 – Cal Ripken, “Cal Clutch”

Best card (my opinion): #TOG15 – Ozzie Smith, “Flips Out”

A great picture of Ozzie “mid-flip”.

My Favorite Reds card: #MTOG2 – Triple Billing

This is the only card associated with the Redlegs in any way.

Here’s the list of these cards – and the year when the “tale” happened.

  • TOG1 (1909) Ty Cobb – “Spikes Up” photo
  • TOG2 (1919) Babe Ruth {Boston} – “Curse of the Bambino”
  • TOG3 (1932) Babe Ruth {New York} – “Called Shot”
  • TOG4 (1952) Topps dumps ’52 cards into the river
  • TOG5 (1955) Jackie Robinson – steals home in the World Series
  • TOG6 (1950’s & 1960’s) Ernie Banks – “Let’s Play Two”
  • TOG7 (1960) Bill Mazeroski – Game 7 World Series Walk-off home run
  • TOG8 (1961) Roger Maris – Chase for 61
  • TOG9 (1963) Mickey Mantle – Home Run off the Yankee Stadium facade
  • TOG10 (1963) Jimmy Piersall – Runs backward for his 100th HR
  • TOG11 (1969) Amazin’ Mets World Series Championship
  • TOG12 (1971) Reggie Jackson – Hits Light Tower in ’71 AS game
  • TOG13 (1975) Carlton Fisk – Game 6 World Series HR
  • TOG14 (1977) Reggie Jackson – 3 homers in World Series game
  • TOG15 (1980’s) Ozzie Smith – Flips Out
  • TOG16 (1990) Bo Jackson – runs along the outfield wall*
  • TOG17 (1980’s & 1990’s) Wade Boggs – superstitions
  • TOG18 (1996) Prince Fielder – batting practice homer at age 12
  • TOG19 (2001) Cal Ripken – Clutch
  • TOG20 (2001) Derek Jeter – The Flip
  • TOG21 (2004) Curt Schilling – Bloody Sock
  • TOG22 (2006) Pesky’s Pole
  • TOG23 (2000’s) Manny Ramirez – Manny being Manny
  • TOG24 (2008) Josh Hamilton – 2008 HR Derby
  • TOG25 (2010) David Ortiz – Yankees dig up Ortiz jersey

* – too bad the picture isn’t of him actually running up the wall.  If it was, I’d probably take this as my favorite card in this set.

More Tales:

  • MTOG1 (1982) Joel Youngblood – Base hits with different teams on same day
  • MTOG2 (1920) Reds & Pirates play only triple header of the 20th century
  • MTOG3 (1922) Chicago beat Philadelphia 26-23 {in baseball}
  • MTOG4 (1950’s & 1960’s) Eddie Mathews plays for Boston, Milwaukee and Atlanta Braves
  • MTOG5 (1920) Babe Ruth – hits more home runs than every other team
  • MTOG6 (2003) Yankees sweep intra-city series from the Mets
  • MTOG7 (1974) Mike Schmidt – “Tape Measure Single” – knocks the single off a speaker on the roof of the Astrodome
  • MTOG8 (2002) Coors Field humidor
  • MTOG9 (1987 & 2003) Andre Dawson & Alex Rodriguez – last place MVP’s
  • MTOG10 (1910’s & 1920’s) Walter Johnson – “Big Train”
  • MOTG11 (1940’s, 1950’s & 1960’s) Warren Spahn – All-Star starter in 3 different decades
  • MOTG12 (2002) Tie game in the All-Star classic
  • MOTG13 (1950) Harry Truman – president throws a right and left-handed first pitch
  • MOTG14 (2010) Stephen Strasburg – Rookie Tsunami**
  • MOTG15 (2010) Roy Halladay – Doc gets a “road” win in Philadelphia – due to a scheduling conflict – against his old Blue Jays

** – gets my vote as the card they REALLY didn’t need in this set




2 responses

13 08 2012
night owl

I really liked this insert set. I completed the first, but I’m a long way off on “More Tales.”

14 08 2012

yeah, it’s a cool set. At least the more tales is fewer cards!

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