Completed insert set – 2000 Topps Own the Game

23 05 2016

Info about the set:

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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

2000 Topps Own the Game Rivera

I got this card on Sportlots last September.

Best card (my opinion):  #OTG16 – Pedro Martinez

1998 Topps OTG Stat Stars - front

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

1998 Topps OTG Titans - front

The only one!  Williamson won Rookie of the Year.

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Scan of the set:

2000 Topps Own the Game complete

2000 Topps Own the Game complete 2

2000 Topps Own the Game complete 3

2000 Topps Own the Game complete 4

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!

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