Completed insert set – 2010 Topps When They Were Young (and one of my new favorite cards!!!!!)

14 12 2012

A look back at some of your favorite players when they were little kids!  Well – not your favorite players, but at least some Little League photos of some current major league players!

This was an insert exclusive to Series 1 from Topps 2010.

Info about the set:

Set description: “Featuring current photos of Major League Stars as Little League, High School, or College players.”

Or, in the case of Ortiz, as a 4-year old pointing at a camera saying “I will break you A-Rod”!

Set composition: 18 cards, 1:6 hobby odds (2010 Topps series 1)

Hall of Famers: None – only current players.

How I put the set together:

  • 4 cards from the hobby box
  • 2 cards from an eBay insert lot
  • 2 cards from a card show
  • 7 cards from trades
  • 3 cards from Sportlots

Thoughts on the set: Cool idea.  Decent player selection – A-Rod, Ortiz, David Wright, Verlander, Yadier Molina and Johnny Damon are the notable players.  But on some level, I kind of like that.  Good design that sort of copies the 1980 Topps set.  I do like that Topps put a current photo down in the lower right-hand corner – what good is the photo of them as a kid if you can’t compare it to the picture from today?

The backs are fairly interesting reading:

  • Aaron Poreda went to the same high school as swimmer Matt Biondi.
  • A-Rod was the Gatorade National Student Athlete of the Year.  Presumably for his work in chemistry.
  • Brian Roberts grew up in Chapel Hill – because his dad was the coach of UNC.
  • Clint Sammons and Jeff Francoeur were on the same high school team in Georgia.  I know, I have never heard of Clint Sammons either.
  • David Wright played on an AAU team that also included BJ Upton, Mark Reynolds and Ryan Zimmerman.  Wonder who played third?
  • Gordon Beckham’s dad was a quarterback for South Carolina.
  • Russell Martin lived in Paris as a youngster before moving to Canada, where he went to the same high school Eric Gagne went to.  I wonder how many players from the same Canadian high school were ever teammates in the majors (as they were in 2006).
  • Cody Ross has a favorite player – Ken Griffey Jr. – after whom he named his dog


Wait a minute?  He named his dog Griffey!!!!!!!!!!!

He stole my dog’s name!!!  This is definitely a surprise addition as one of my favorite cards ever!

Card that completed my set: #WTWY-RM – Russell Martin

I got this in a Sportlots purchase at the end of November.

Highest book value: #WTWY-AR – Alex Rodriguez

About 4 bucks currently.

Best card (my opinion): #WTWY-CR – Cody Ross

Ortiz was a pretty easy selection before I read the back.  Most of these cards show a) a mediocre player, and b) a picture from little league.  Ortiz is a) a pretty significant player historically, and b) a cool picture of him as a youngster.  It’s like he’s saying – “watch out, dude.  Someday I’m gonna break the curse of the Bambino.  And, yeah, that means I’m bowling over you, A-Rod, you sweater-vest-wearing fellow-steroid-taking d-bag.”

But it doesn’t top the Cody Ross dog-named-Griffey card.

Best Reds card: No Reds in the set.




2 responses

14 12 2012
30-Year Old Cardboard

Very cool, I had yet to see the full set at one time. I have to bet that the player’s families get a kick out of these!!

14 12 2012

yes – this is a pretty cool insert set and a different twist for sure.

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