Completed insert set – 2000 Topps Hands of Gold

16 10 2015

Here’s my first completed insert set from 2000 Topps.  Like most of these posts, I actually completed this set over 10 months ago.

Info about the set:

Set description:  Featuring the gold glove with a glow effect as the background, these cards have an understated embossed effect and are die-cut at the top.  The set name is written in cursive, with the player’s name in gold foil at the bottom.  The set honors the best fielders in the game – any players with 5 or more Gold Gloves.  The players are shown, naturally, in a fielding pose.  The back features standard defensive metrics (it’s from 2000, so none of the advanced metrics you can find today) from the player’s Gold Glove-winning seasons and a write-up on the his defensive highlights.  Since Topps series 1 used to come out so early, this set actually only factors gold gloves from 1998 and earlier.

Set composition:  7 cards, 1:18 odds (2000 Topps series 1)

Hall of Famers:  3.  Roberto Alomar, Tony Gwynn, Greg Maddux.

How I put the set together:

  • 2 cards from my 2000 series 1 hobby box
  • 5 cards from Beckett’s marketplace

Thoughts on the set:  This is my favorite insert set from 2000 Topps.  I like the design; I’m a sucker for die-cut cards like this.  It kind of reminds me of 1993 SP Platinum Power, except with a defensive theme.  And it’s a good list of players.  It kind of stinks that the set doesn’t include the 1999 Gold Glove awards, but I think Topps used to come out with series 1 in November of the year before so it wasn’t feasible.

Card that completed my set: #HG7 – Greg Maddux

This was one of 5 cards I got last November from Beckett.com Marketplace.

Best card (my opinion): #HG1 – Barry Bonds

I like the Bonds photo the best in this set.  The brightness of the card seems like it’s causing the need for sunglasses for that fly ball.

My Favorite Reds card:  There are none.

2000 Topps Hands of Gold complete

Other tidbits:  Here are the number of gold gloves each player had at the time of this set, and (in parentheses) the number of gold gloves at the end of their career if any different.

  • HG1: Barry Bonds – 8
  • HG2: Ivan Rodriguez – 7 (13)
  • HG3: Ken Griffey Jr. – 9 (10)
  • HG4: Roberto Alomar – 7 (10)
  • HG5: Tony Gwynn – 5
  • HG6: Omar Vizquel – 6 (11)
  • HG7: Greg Maddux – 9 (18)

All of the players above won Gold Gloves in 1999 except Bonds and Gwynn, so their total should have been 1 higher.  Nobody would have had their 5th Gold Glove (and thus made the set) if Topps had included 1999.

 

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