This is another completed insert set from Black Friday last year. Getting really close to finishing this up – I think I had almost 50 in the queue at one point and I’ve now whittled it down to single digits. This is from 2001 Topps – the Combo cards that were back for their 2nd year as an insert set.
Info about the set:
Set description: Just like the 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. The 2001 version has a few tweaks from 2000. First, there’s slight difference in the nameplate, and 2001 always matches current player(s) with historical great(s).
Set composition: 20 cards, 1:12 odds (2000 Topps)
Hall of Famers: 34. Yogi Berra, Whitey Ford, Reggie Jackson, Mike Schmidt, Brooks Robinson, Cal Ripken, Pedro Martinez, Bob Gibson, Johnny Bench, Ernie Banks, Barry Larkin, Ken Griffey Jr., Joe Morgan, Roberto Clemente, Hank Aaron, Casey Stengel, Joe Torre, Don Drysdale, Sandy Koufax, Babe Ruth, Carl Yastrzemski, Ted Williams, Cy Young, Greg Maddux, Tony Gwynn, Lou Gehrig, Randy Johnson, Warren Spahn, Steve Carlton, Mike Piazza, Josh Gibson, Willie Mays, Jackie Robinson, Larry Doby
A boat load, including retired guys and a few players who were active at the time.
How I put the set together:
- 3 cards from my series 1 hobby box
- 3 cards from my series 2 hobby box
- 9 cards from Sportlots
- 3 cards from COMC
- 2 card from Beckett’s marketplace
Card that completed my set: #TC14 – Mound Masters
The 2 winningest pitchers post-WWII and the winningest pitcher of all-time. This was one of 3 cards I got on COMC for Black Friday last year.
Thoughts on the set: Just like the 2001 set – I really dig it. The paintings are generally pretty well done, and I like how Topps switched it up in 2001 to portray retired guys with current stars.
Best Card (my opinion): #TC12 – 60 Home Run Club
I know this card probably isn’t as cool now as it was then, but it’s still a pretty awesome composition. This barely beats out the Gehrig/Ripken card.
My Favorite Reds card: #TC7 – Big Red Machine
Great cards of 2 guys playing in Cincinnati in the 1970’s and 2 other guys growing up in Cincinnati in the 1970’s.
Here’s a scan of the whole set. This isn’t quite in order, because I wanted to match the 4 vertical cards up.
Any other tidbits: I found this interesting on the back of the Griffey/Aaron card:
“Ken is the only man on earth with a realistic chance of smashing Aaron’s record.” Obviously Bonds would prove that untrue a few years later, though that probably wasn’t foreseeable at the time. Griffey was coming off of a good first year in Cincinnati in 2000, and while Bonds had a great bounce back year in 2000, nobody knew that the greatest offensive output in history was coming over the next 4 years.