Completed insert set – 1999 Topps Lords of the Diamond

1 05 2015

Continuing with some completed insert sets – here is another one is from 1999 Topps.

Info about the set:

Set description: These die-cut cards showcase an action player photo over a diamond-shaped inset with the ballpark background included.  The rest of the card is has reflective foil with the words “Lords of the Diamond” at the top.  The top is die-cut in a jagged fashion that reminds me of ice.  The back continues the ice-like theme with a write-up about the player’s dominance on the baseball diamond.

Set composition: 15 cards, 1:18 odds (1999 Topps series 1)

Hall of Famers:  3.  Frank Thomas, Tony Gwynn, Greg Maddux.  Maddux is the only pitcher in the set.

Card that completed my set: #LD1 – Ken Griffey Jr.

I got Bonds and Griffey both from a Beckett.com marketplace purchase in November last year.

How I put the set together:

  • 2 cards from my series 1 hobby box
  • 2 cards from trades
  • 1 card from the National
  • 4 cards from Sportlots
  • 6 card from Beckett’s marketplace

Thoughts on the set:  I really like this set – it may be my favorite insert set from 1999.  I’m usually a sucker for die-cuts like this, and though the jagged edge isn’t my favorite (see Upper Deck’s SP Platinum Power for that) – it’s still pretty cool.  As is often the case with these shiny cards – they tend to scan better than they are held in hand.

Highest book value: #LD9 – Barry Bonds

Best card (my opinion): #LD3 – Sammy Sosa

I don’t usually pick a Sosa card – but his photo fits the design the best.

My Favorite Reds card:  There are none.

1999 Topps Lords of the Diamond

1999 Topps Lords of the Diamond_0001

Any other tidbits:  As you can see, Maddux is the only pitcher here.

Other players mentioned on the backs of the cards – Hank Aaron (twice), Willie Mays, Jimmie Foxx, Ted Williams, Jimmy Wynn, Jose Cruz, Hack Wilson, Hank Greenberg, Al Simmons, Sandy Koufax.  Griffey is also mentioned on A-Rod’s card back.

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