I just did 2 completed base set posts – 1995 Topps and Traded. To draw the curtain back a bit, those completed set posts take quite a while to put together. It’s a lot of looking through the set, making decisions on the best cards, scanning, inserting those scans, and then wrapping it up. They are the most work, but those are also the most fun because as a collector, that’s what card collecting is to me. So that said, I’ll go back to some completed insert sets, which take a lot less effort to finish a post.
I came back to card collecting full-time in 2010, mostly starting the Lifetime Topps project. But I also bought some 2010 boxes. I liked the 2010 Topps set, but there were a lot of inserts, and some of them have a lot of cards. Like this one, which weighs in at a whopping 125 cards.
Info about the set:
Set description: “These cards mark the single greatest moment in the inspiring careers of 50 current and retired legendary players”. That’s from the series 1 sell sheet.
The front of these cards has a red ribbon with the set name running across the top. The ribbon appears to wrap around the back and continue at the bottom, where the player name and team logo can be found. The background is gray with stars that I think are meant to be an American flag. The back has the same background, except with a red border. The card number, player name, team and position are at the top, with a write-up about the selected moment in the bottom two-thirds of the card.
This set was made to have autographed and relic versions. In fact, there are some players who just have a relic version but aren’t in the regular 125-card set.
Set composition: 125 cards, 1:4 odds (2010 Topps) / 1:9 odds (2010 Topps Update)
Hall of Famers: 36.
Honus Wagner, Babe Ruth, Walter Johnson, Steve Carlton, Bob Gibson, Christy Mathewson, Mel Ott, Lou Gehrig, Reggie Jackson, Mickey Mantle, Tris Speaker, Jimmie Foxx, George Sisler, Stan Musial, Willie Stargell, Tom Seaver, Johnny Mize, Roy Campanella, Cy Young, Dizzy Dean, Jackie Robinson, Rogers Hornsby, Ty Cobb, Luis Aparicio, George Kell, Mike Schmidt, Willie McCovey, Joe Morgan, Monte Irvin, Ozzie Smith, Yogi Berra, Catfish Hunter, Phil Rizzuto, Richie Ashburn, Robin Roberts, Al Kaline
How I put the set together:
- 22 cards from my 3 hobby boxes (s1, s2, update)
- 2 cards from other packs
- 48 cards from trades
- 6 cards from card show purchases (2 of which were at the 2013 National)
- 42 cards from Sportlots
- 5 cards from Beckett’s Marketplace
Card that completed my set: #86 – Justin Verlander
5 years after I started buying boxes and packs of 2010 Topps, I finished this set up. The last 2 cards, including Verlander, arrived in May of 2015 (eek – I’m a year behind!) from Sportlots.
Thoughts on the set: I like this set. I like that they didn’t just go only for the stars – they really stuck to guys who are younger and would conceivably still be around in 2020. I think Ryan Howard and David Wright are the most veteran players of the group. The 3D look is cool, and the design is simple but effective – I like that the ground is included, but anything else behind the player is not. It kind of looks like the “green screen” or “blue screen” they do when filming movies! I’m surprised they didn’t include Joey Votto or Justin Verlander.
Best card (my opinion): #PP-122 – Dallas Braden
I had a tough time deciding between this card and Ozzie Smith’s, which features him running the bases after his walk-off homer in the 1985 World Series. Both cards feature the correct game/performance from the player’s career, and picture them in that game. I went with Braden because I do like what he’s doing with ESPN and there have already been a few cards showcasing the Wizard’s improbable homer.
In this card, Topps picked the right moment for the player,
My favorite Reds card: #PP-81 – Brandon Phillips
Not a ton of competition here, the other options were Joey Votto, Mike Leake or Joe Morgan. This card highlights Phillips 3 straight seasons of 20 homer, 20 doubles and 20 stolen bases.
Any other tidbits: There are 6 players with 2 cards in the set – all of them getting their 2nd card in the 25-card Update portion of the set. Since the set is so large, I’m not scanning the whole thing, but I’ll scan the 12 cards of these guys. Half of them (Guerrero, Halladay, Scherzer) are on a different team, thus it sort of makes sense to include a new card with their new team. The other 3 are on the same team, so to me don’t seem needy of an update card.
- Vlad Guerrero
- Max Scherzer
- Roy Halladay
- Dustin Pedroia
- Ryan Zimmerman
- Ubaldo Jimenez