Completed master set – one last look at 1996 Topps

13 02 2020

I finished up the master set to 1996 Topps!  I wish I had 1995 done, but the cyberstats promo card of Travis Fryman from that year has proven to be the most difficult card to find of any I can think of.  So while I’ve still completed all my Topps master sets through 1994, I can also add 1996 to that now (as well as 1997 – and I have to check but I think 2000).

This one wasn’t as hard as some others – but still had some tough gets.  The Star Power and Draft Picks Power Boosters were tough to accumulate, and my final obstacle was just finding the Wrecking Crew cards at a somewhat reasonable price.  For reference, I got Matt Williams and Juan Gonzalez for $4.25 each on COMC.  Not sure if you’d consider that reasonable, but the chrome cards seem to come up more frequently than the regular inserts from those late 90’s sets.

Info about my base set:

How I put the base set together:

  • 199 cards from the series 1 retail box
  • 213 cards from the series 2 retail box
  • 1 card I already had from back in the day
  • 27 cards from trades

Card that completed my base set: #58 – Scott Sanders

Best card (my opinion): #297 – Marquis Grissom

Check out this link to see the rest of the base set post.

My Master” Set Info:

653 cards – 440 “base”, 201 “insert”, 12 “other”

How I put the additional sets together:

  • Promos – all 10 cards from a couple eBay auctions
  • Mantle factory cards – bought them both on COMC
  • Inserts – 14 from my s1/s2 retail boxes, 1 I had from when I was a kid, 90 from Sportlots, 76 from COMC, 11 from trades, 6 from Beckett, 4 from card shows, 1 from eBay

Other product bests

Best Insert card:  Mickey Mantle Reprints #2 – Mickey Mantle

Most notable insert card:  Mickey Mantle Reprints #2 – Mickey Mantle

The retro card craze that has become such a big thing (and certainly overplayed at this point) for this industry can in many ways be traced back to the popularity of this set.  Of course you need to pick the most iconic card of all-time here.

Best Reds insert of any type:  Power Boosters #6 – Barry Larkin

There were a few Ron Gant cards I really liked from the insert sets in 1996, but this shiny card right after Larkin’s MVP season is the best Reds insert for me.




3 responses

13 02 2020
Base Card Hero

Congrats! A master set, let alone base set, is a good challenge.

19 02 2020

thanks! I need this one hard AF promo card from 1995 and I’d have 1980 through 1996!

15 02 2020

Big congratulations to you! That’s awesome that you not only completed the base set, but also the insert sets and others too. I’m still trying to get all of the Mantle reprints from this set.

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