Info about the set:
Set description: This set has what had become a very typical insert for Topps with tons of background shininess on the front. It’s broken up into 2 subsets. The first 21 cards are “Stat Stars”, with specific active rankings in a certain statistical category. These aren’t mutually exclusive – Larry Walker is in the set for his batting average and slugging. The next 9 cards are “Titans of the Game”, which cover award winners (Cy Young, Hank Aaron, MVP, RoY and World Series MVP).
The back has a write-up about the player’s stat highlighted or the award.
Set composition: 30 cards, 1:12 odds (2000 Topps)
Hall of Famers: 3. Ken Griffey Jr., Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez.
How I put the set together:
- 2 cards from my series 1 hobby box
- 3 cards from my series 2 hobby box
- 1 card from a trade
- 10 cards from Beckett’s marketplace
- 6 cards from COMC
- 5 cards from Sportlots
- 2 cards from an eBay lot
Thoughts on the set: Like I said – there’s a lot of shiny in this set and that’s not necessarily my favorite thing. The themes work, though. I like when there’s specific criteria for a set. Not just “this guy’s great”. If you were a league leader for the stat they picked, you’re in. If you won the NL Rookie of the Year – you’re in!
Card that completed my set: #OTG24 – Mariano Rivera
I got this card on Sportlots last September.
Best card (my opinion): #OTG16 – Pedro Martinez
I like the Stat Stars portion of this the best, and Pedro Martinez has one of the greatest pitching seasons of all-time in 1999. This card honors his ERA, which was over a run better than the next best pitcher. There’s a lot of debate among stat heads whether Pedro’s 1999 or 2000 season was better.
My Favorite Reds card: #OTG25 – Scott Williamson
The only one! Williamson won Rookie of the Year.
Scan of the set:
Any other tidbits: Pedro has 3 cards – which sort of shows how dominant his season was. The Big Unit, Big Mac and Manny Ramirez also have 3 cards in this set.
Also – it’s kind of amazing that Carlos Beltran is in this set – and he’s still active!