Continuing my catch-up posts for completed insert sets – this is “New Breed” from 1999 Topps.
Info about the set:
Set description: These cards showcase young players bringing in a new era of baseball talent, and are typical of the “shiny nineties” as far as Topps insert cards go. The background of the photo has been turned into something as shiny as a hologram, while the words “New Breed” are displayed vertically on the left side of the card. As is often the case with cards like this – they actually look really cool when scanned, but the shininess is a bit overwhelming when holding a cards. The back has a spotted lighting effect and a write-up on the prospect.
Set composition: 15 cards, 1:18 odds (1999 Topps series 1)
Hall of Famers: None – this is too recent for a set based on younger players. But Derek Jeter should be there soon enough, and there are a few others who will have legitimate shots.
How I put the set together:
- 2 cards from my series 1 hobby box
- 5 card from card shows (including 1 from the NSCC)
- 1 card from a traded
- 3 cards from Beckett’s marketplace
- 4 cards from Sportlots
Card that completed my set: #NB9 – Derek Jeter
I got this card from Sportlots last October.
Thoughts on the set: I don’t particularly care for the shiny stuff, unless it’s a nicely done hologram. But this set does have quite a bit of star power. Jeter and A-Rod are both included, and then you have Adrian Beltre, Vlad Guerrero, Paul Konerko, Todd Helton, Scott Rolen, Andruw Jones, Aramis Ramirez and Nomar Garciaparra. Two-thirds of the guys in this set had great careers, which is pretty surprising for a young up-and-comer set. Still, it does feel like an insert that could have been axed from the 1999 product – it doesn’t really stand out.
Highest book value: #NB9 – Derek Jeter
Best card (my opinion): #NB15– Adrian Beltre
The fact that Beltre is in this set made me realize how impressive his career has been. He’s starting to become a legit HOF candidate – in fact, through last year, I don’t know how you wouldn’t vote for him.
My Favorite Reds card: #NB13– Paul Konerko
Favorite is a bit of a tough word to use here. On one side – I love this card, and the photo is the best in the set as far as fitting with the picture. However, this card serves as a reminder that the Reds didn’t hold on to Konerko.