Completed insert set – 1997 Topps Sweet Strokes

3 07 2013

In the Sportlots purchase I just posted about I finished up a few sets.  This was one of them – an insert set from 1997 Topps called Sweet Strokes.

Info about the set:

Set description: 12 cards featuring some of baseball’s best hitters with the sweetest swings in the game.

The cards are horizontally oriented and show just the hitter (no game background) at some point in his swing.  The background is printed on silver/rainbow foilboard with the words “Sweet Strokes” going behind the hitter in a Star Wars style fashion.

Set composition: 12 cards, 1:12 odds (1997 Topps series 1 retail packs only)

Hall of Famers: 2

Alomar and Gwynn.  A few others will likely get there in the future.

How I put the set together:

  • 3 cards from my series 1 retail box
  • 1 card from a trade
  • 5 cards from Sportlots
  • 3 cards from COMC

Thoughts on the set:  Topps really fell in love with the shiny stuff during the late 90’s.  This was right in the midst of that infatuation.  I like the set, though – it’s a good crop of players from an era I can relate to.  And the cards scan really nice – they look great all right next to each other as a full set.

Card that completed my set: #SS12 – Mike Piazza

One of 2 cards that I got in the Sportlots purchase from mid-June that I posted about the other day.

Highest book value: #SS4 – Barry Bonds

Bonds at $8 beats out McGwire according to Beckett’s “book value”.

Best card (my opinion): #SS6 – Ken Griffey Jr.

Hard to argue that anyone has a sweeter swing than Griffey!

My Favorite Reds card:  There are none.

1997 Topps Sweet Strokes

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2 06 2016
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