I completed another insert set last year. I’m still almost a year behind, but catching up slowly and surely. This one is 2000 Topps Combos.
Info about the set:
Set description: This set showcases player groupings unified by a common theme. It’s kind of reminiscent of some older multi-player Topps subsets from the late 1950’s or early 1960’s. Only this is an insert. The cards are paintings as opposed to actual photos.
Set composition: 10 cards, 1:18 odds (2000 Topps series 2)
Hall of Famers: 7. Mike Piazza, Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, Ken Griffey Jr., Tony Gwynn, Cal Ripken, Wade Boggs.
How I put the set together:
- 1 card from my series 2 hobby box
- 7 cards from COMC
- 1 card from Sportlots
- 1 card from Beckett’s marketplace
Card that completed my set: #TC-6 – Sosa, McGwire “Home Run Kings”
I got this from COMC in May of last year.
Thoughts on the set: A really cool set. The paintings seem very well done, and the combos you could do back at the turn of the century were second to none. From the 2nd generation players of the decade (Bonds, Griffey), the Braves’ pitching staff, the Home Run kings (Sosa, McGwire) to the trio of upcoming shortstops (Jeter, Nomar, A-Rod) – Topps had a lot to pull from. I like how these cards had a bit of a retro feel to them, paying homage to the old combos from the late 1950’s.
Best card (my opinion): #TC-7 – Randy Johnson / Pedro Martinez
For all the batting records set during this era, Randy Johnson and Pedro Martinez were still putting up 300 strikeouts and ERAs in the low 2’s or high 1’s. In other words, they were putting up the greatest pitching seasons we’d ever seen. One of them did it as the tallest player in the history of the game, while the other was doubted early in his career because he was too small. The contrast is great, and this is probably the best card in all of 2000 Topps to me – not just in this set.
My Favorite Reds card: #TC-8 – Barry Bonds / Ken Griffey Jr.
Since this was series 2, they put Griffey in his Reds gear. So this is the only Reds card. But it’s a good one.
Here’s a scan of the complete set.
Any other tidbits: Derek Jeter made it onto 2 cards here. One with the aforementioned shortstop trio, the other with “Torre’s Terrors” showcasing the feared bats in the Bronx.