Here’s another completed insert set. This one is from 2001 Topps. I am catching up, as I think this is the first post that I’ve done where the set completing occurred in the current calendar year 🙂
Info about the set:
Set description: As part of its 50th anniversary product, Topps created a lot of sets that paid homage to the Company’s history producing baseball cards. This set, however, takes a different spin. It looks at players from the Negro Leagues who never got the chance to play in the majors. I kind of infer that the idea is also that they didn’t get to appear on baseball cards during their day. It’s done in a very similar design as the “Before There Was Topps” set from series 1.
The fronts feature a black and white photo of the player with a gray foil finish over the background. The player name is at the bottom, while the Topps 50 logo is in the top corner. The back has a write-up on the player’s Negro League career.
Set composition: 10 cards, 1:25 odds (2001 Topps series 2)
Hall of Famers: All 10. Josh Gibson, Satchel Paige, Buck Leonard, Cool Papa Bell, Rube Foster, Martin Dihigo, Judy Johnson, Mule Suttles, Pop Lloyd
Card that completed my set: #WCB8 – Mule Suttles
I got this card in a trade with reader Kary, who has been a friendly reader and contributor to the Lifetime Topps project for a few years!
How I put the set together:
- 3 cards from the 2001 series 2 hobby boxes I bought
- 3 cards from trades
- 2 from a card show
- 1 from an eBay lot
- 1 from COMC
Thoughts on the set: Up to 2001, there really hadn’t been many Negro League cards in the mainstream sets. That started to change, and this was the first Topps set to feature Negro Leaguers. It’s a great set from that standpoint. I wish they hadn’t made it so drab, though – the gray makes it so bland. I would have liked some of the color-making technology you see on lots of cards these days.
Best card (my opinion): #WCB1 – Josh Gibson, #WCB2 – Satchel Paige
I had a tough time picking between Paige and Gibson, as they’re probably the most notable Negro League hitter and pitcher. Adding to that, I really like the photos of both. So I’m picking them both. My blog, my rules.
My Favorite Reds card: There are none.
Here’s the scan of the full set.
Other tidbits: For every player except Satchel Paige, this was their first Topps card. Paige was the only one of these 10 players to make it to the Majors, and he had a very famous Topps card in 1953.