2004 Topps Traded & Rookies – parallel sets

9 12 2015

Topps had no stand-alone insert sets in the 2004 Topps Traded product.  You could only find relics, autographs, or parallels.  There were a few parallel sets, though only 1 that was reasonably attainable.

Topps Traded & Rookies Gold (220 cards, 1:2)

Topps Gold was back, and just like the base set it was numbered to the year – out of 2,004.

2004 Topps Traded Gold Danys Baez

Topps Traded & Rookies Blue (220 cards, 1:4,574)

Topps didn’t include Topps Black in the Traded product, even though it was in the first 2 series.  They did include a 1/1 Blue parallel.  I’ve also seen unnumbered blue parallels; I don’t know the origin of these.  You can find a few on eBay from time to time, but I can’t tell where they came from.

2004 Topps Traded Blue Danys Baez

2004 Topps Traded Blue Mientkiewicz

Topps Traded & Rookies Printing Plates (220 cards, 1:1,151, #4/1)

For the first time, Topps included printing plates in any flagship Topps product – Traded or not.  As with any printing plate parallel, there are 4 different color plates available.

2004 Topps Traded D Baez

You could also get Chrome, Chrome Refractors, Chrome X-Fractors, Blue Refractors and Chrome Printing Plates in 2004 Traded packs, but I view those as a different product.  The fact that you could get a Chrome Plate or a regular plate creates a little bit of confusion.

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