2015 All-Star Stitches #51: Joc Pederson

29 11 2022

As a reminder, I went to the All-Star game and Home Run Derby in Cincinnati.  So I’m collecting this All-Star Stitches set!  These cards have swatches from the Monday practice festivities.

This is the 51st card toward this set.  And it’s the 3rd from a string of 4 posts to catch up.

Card number:  STIT-JPD

Player:  Joc Pederson

How I got the card:  COMC from 2021

Position:  Left Field

How he made the roster: Pederson was selected as one of the outfielders via the player ballot.  He ended up starting the game when Giancarlo Stanton was an injury scratch.

Pederson was a rookie, so this was his 1st All-Star selection.

First half stat line:  .230/20/40

Home Run Derby:  Pederson made the finals as a 4-seed in the derby.  He beat Manny Machado, 13-12, in the first round, then beat Albert Pujols in the 2nd round, 12-11.  He lost to Todd Frazier in the finals, 15-14.

This HR Derby was the first time MLB did head-to-head, and Pederson’s “upset” of Pujols in the 2nd round was the only match where the worse seed won.  Other than that, the batter who got to bat 2nd won the other 6 matchups.

All-Star game:  Pederson went 0-2 with 2 strike outs, which I guess is kind of his thing.

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STIT-AB A.J. Burnett – Pittsburgh Pirates
STIT-AC Aroldis Chapman – Cincinnati Reds
STIT-AE Alcides Escobar – Kansas City Royals
STIT-AGN Adrian Gonzalez – Los Angeles Dodgers
STIT-AJ Adam Jones – Baltimore Orioles
STIT-AM Andrew McCutchen – Pittsburgh Pirates
STIT-APO A.J. Pollock – Arizona Diamondbacks
STIT-APU Albert Pujols – Los Angeles Angels
STIT-AR Anthony Rizzo – Chicago Cubs
STIT-BB Brad Boxberger – Tampa Bay Rays
STIT-BC Brandon Crawford – San Francisco Giants
STIT-BD Brian Dozier – Minnesota Twins
STIT-BG Brett Gardner – New York Yankees
STIT-BHA Bryce Harper – Washington Nationals
STIT-BHO Brock Holt – Boston Red Sox
STIT-BP Buster Posey – San Francisco Giants
STIT-CA Chris Archer – Tampa Bay Rays
STIT-CK Clayton Kershaw – Los Angeles Dodgers
STIT-CM Carlos Martinez – St. Louis Cardinals
STIT-CS Chris Sale – Chicago White Sox
STIT-DB Dellin Betances – New York Yankees
STIT-DK Dallas Keuchel – Houston Astros
STIT-DL DJ LeMahieu – Colorado Rockies
STIT-DO Darren O’Day – Baltimore Orioles
STIT-DP David Price – Detroit Tigers
STIT-FH Felix Hernandez – Seattle Mariners
STIT-GC Gerrit Cole – Pittsburgh Pirates
STIT-GP Glen Perkins – Minnesota Twins
STIT-JA Jose Altuve – Houston Astros
STIT-JDE Jacob deGrom – New York Mets
STIT-JDO Josh Donaldson – Toronto Blue Jays
STIT-JK Jason Kipnis – Cleveland Indians
STIT-JM J.D. Martinez – Detroit Tigers
STIT-JPA Joe Panik – San Francisco Giants
STIT-JPD Joc Pederson – Los Angeles Dodgers
STIT-JPE Jhonny Peralta – St. Louis Cardinals
STIT-JU Justin Upton – San Diego Padres
STIT-KB Kris Bryant – Chicago Cubs
STIT-KH Kelvin Herrera – Kansas City Royals
STIT-LC Lorenzo Cain – Kansas City Royals
STIT-MB Madison Bumgarner – San Francisco Giants
STIT-MMA Manny Machado – Baltimore Orioles
STIT-MME Mark Melancon – Pittsburgh Pirates
STIT-MTE Mark Teixeira – New York Yankees
STIT-MTR Mike Trout – Los Angeles Angels
STIT-NA Nolan Arenado – Colorado Rockies
STIT-NC Nelson Cruz – Seattle Mariners
STIT-PF Prince Fielder – Texas Rangers
STIT-PG Paul Goldschmidt – Arizona Diamondbacks
STIT-RM Russell Martin – Toronto Blue Jays
STIT-SM Shelby Miller – Atlanta Braves
STIT-SP Salvador Perez – Kansas City Royals
STIT-SV Stephen Vogt – Oakland Athletics
STIT-TF Todd Frazier – Cincinnati Reds
STIT-TT Troy Tulowitzki – Colorado Rockies
STIT-WD Wade Davis – Kansas City Royals
STIT-YG Yasmani Grandal – Los Angeles Dodgers
STIT-YM Yadier Molina – St. Louis Cardinals
STIT-ZB Zach Britton – Baltimore Orioles
STIT-ZG Zack Greinke – Los Angeles Dodgers




2015 All-Star Stitches #50: Joe Panik

27 11 2022

As a reminder, I went to the All-Star game and Home Run Derby in Cincinnati.  So I’m collecting this All-Star Stitches set!  These cards have swatches from the Monday practice festivities.

This is the 50th card toward this set.  And it’s the 2nd from a string of 4 posts to catch up.

Card number:  STIT-JP

Player:  Joe Panik

How I got the card:  COMC from 2021

Position:  Second Base

How he made the roster: Panik was selected by NL manager Bruce Bochy (who also happened to be his manager) as the backup at 2nd base.  Dee Gordon had been voted in by the fans as the starter, but was out with an injury.  So the player selection at 2nd base, DJ LeMahieu, became the starter and Bochy got to pick the backup.

This was Panik’s 1st All-Star selection.

First half stat line:  .308/7/33 (47 runs)

All-Star game:  Panik went 0-2, striking out in the 7th and then lining out to Brock Holt in left to end the game in the 9th

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STIT-AB A.J. Burnett – Pittsburgh Pirates
STIT-AC Aroldis Chapman – Cincinnati Reds
STIT-AE Alcides Escobar – Kansas City Royals
STIT-AGN Adrian Gonzalez – Los Angeles Dodgers
STIT-AJ Adam Jones – Baltimore Orioles
STIT-AM Andrew McCutchen – Pittsburgh Pirates
STIT-APO A.J. Pollock – Arizona Diamondbacks
STIT-APU Albert Pujols – Los Angeles Angels
STIT-AR Anthony Rizzo – Chicago Cubs
STIT-BB Brad Boxberger – Tampa Bay Rays
STIT-BC Brandon Crawford – San Francisco Giants
STIT-BD Brian Dozier – Minnesota Twins
STIT-BG Brett Gardner – New York Yankees
STIT-BHA Bryce Harper – Washington Nationals
STIT-BHO Brock Holt – Boston Red Sox
STIT-BP Buster Posey – San Francisco Giants
STIT-CA Chris Archer – Tampa Bay Rays
STIT-CK Clayton Kershaw – Los Angeles Dodgers
STIT-CM Carlos Martinez – St. Louis Cardinals
STIT-CS Chris Sale – Chicago White Sox
STIT-DB Dellin Betances – New York Yankees
STIT-DK Dallas Keuchel – Houston Astros
STIT-DL DJ LeMahieu – Colorado Rockies
STIT-DO Darren O’Day – Baltimore Orioles
STIT-DP David Price – Detroit Tigers
STIT-FH Felix Hernandez – Seattle Mariners
STIT-GC Gerrit Cole – Pittsburgh Pirates
STIT-GP Glen Perkins – Minnesota Twins
STIT-JA Jose Altuve – Houston Astros
STIT-JDE Jacob deGrom – New York Mets
STIT-JDO Josh Donaldson – Toronto Blue Jays
STIT-JK Jason Kipnis – Cleveland Indians
STIT-JM J.D. Martinez – Detroit Tigers
STIT-JPA Joe Panik – San Francisco Giants
STIT-JPD Joc Pederson – Los Angeles Dodgers
STIT-JPE Jhonny Peralta – St. Louis Cardinals
STIT-JU Justin Upton – San Diego Padres
STIT-KB Kris Bryant – Chicago Cubs
STIT-KH Kelvin Herrera – Kansas City Royals
STIT-LC Lorenzo Cain – Kansas City Royals
STIT-MB Madison Bumgarner – San Francisco Giants
STIT-MMA Manny Machado – Baltimore Orioles
STIT-MME Mark Melancon – Pittsburgh Pirates
STIT-MTE Mark Teixeira – New York Yankees
STIT-MTR Mike Trout – Los Angeles Angels
STIT-NA Nolan Arenado – Colorado Rockies
STIT-NC Nelson Cruz – Seattle Mariners
STIT-PF Prince Fielder – Texas Rangers
STIT-PG Paul Goldschmidt – Arizona Diamondbacks
STIT-RM Russell Martin – Toronto Blue Jays
STIT-SM Shelby Miller – Atlanta Braves
STIT-SP Salvador Perez – Kansas City Royals
STIT-SV Stephen Vogt – Oakland Athletics
STIT-TF Todd Frazier – Cincinnati Reds
STIT-TT Troy Tulowitzki – Colorado Rockies
STIT-WD Wade Davis – Kansas City Royals
STIT-YG Yasmani Grandal – Los Angeles Dodgers
STIT-YM Yadier Molina – St. Louis Cardinals
STIT-ZB Zach Britton – Baltimore Orioles
STIT-ZG Zack Greinke – Los Angeles Dodgers




2015 All-Star Stitches #49: Jose Altuve

25 11 2022

I have a few of these to catch up on!  As a reminder, I went to the All-Star game and Home Run Derby in Cincinnati.  So I’m collecting this All-Star Stitches set!  These cards have swatches from the Monday practice festivities.

This is the 49th card toward this set.  And it’s the first from a string of what will be 4 posts.

Card number:  STIT-JA

Player:  Jose Altuve

How I got the card:  COMC from 2021

Position:  Second Base

How he made the roster: Altuve was voted in as the AL starter at 2nd base.

This was his 3rd All-Star selection.

First half stat line:  .292/8/38 (25 SB)

All-Star game:  Altuve was 0-2, grounding out to his counterpart DJ LeMahieu both times

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STIT-AB A.J. Burnett – Pittsburgh Pirates
STIT-AC Aroldis Chapman – Cincinnati Reds
STIT-AE Alcides Escobar – Kansas City Royals
STIT-AGN Adrian Gonzalez – Los Angeles Dodgers
STIT-AJ Adam Jones – Baltimore Orioles
STIT-AM Andrew McCutchen – Pittsburgh Pirates
STIT-APO A.J. Pollock – Arizona Diamondbacks
STIT-APU Albert Pujols – Los Angeles Angels
STIT-AR Anthony Rizzo – Chicago Cubs
STIT-BB Brad Boxberger – Tampa Bay Rays
STIT-BC Brandon Crawford – San Francisco Giants
STIT-BD Brian Dozier – Minnesota Twins
STIT-BG Brett Gardner – New York Yankees
STIT-BHA Bryce Harper – Washington Nationals
STIT-BHO Brock Holt – Boston Red Sox
STIT-BP Buster Posey – San Francisco Giants
STIT-CA Chris Archer – Tampa Bay Rays
STIT-CK Clayton Kershaw – Los Angeles Dodgers
STIT-CM Carlos Martinez – St. Louis Cardinals
STIT-CS Chris Sale – Chicago White Sox
STIT-DB Dellin Betances – New York Yankees
STIT-DK Dallas Keuchel – Houston Astros
STIT-DL DJ LeMahieu – Colorado Rockies
STIT-DO Darren O’Day – Baltimore Orioles
STIT-DP David Price – Detroit Tigers
STIT-FH Felix Hernandez – Seattle Mariners
STIT-GC Gerrit Cole – Pittsburgh Pirates
STIT-GP Glen Perkins – Minnesota Twins
STIT-JA Jose Altuve – Houston Astros
STIT-JDE Jacob deGrom – New York Mets
STIT-JDO Josh Donaldson – Toronto Blue Jays
STIT-JK Jason Kipnis – Cleveland Indians
STIT-JM J.D. Martinez – Detroit Tigers
STIT-JPA Joe Panik – San Francisco Giants
STIT-JPD Joc Pederson – Los Angeles Dodgers
STIT-JPE Jhonny Peralta – St. Louis Cardinals
STIT-JU Justin Upton – San Diego Padres
STIT-KB Kris Bryant – Chicago Cubs
STIT-KH Kelvin Herrera – Kansas City Royals
STIT-LC Lorenzo Cain – Kansas City Royals
STIT-MB Madison Bumgarner – San Francisco Giants
STIT-MMA Manny Machado – Baltimore Orioles
STIT-MME Mark Melancon – Pittsburgh Pirates
STIT-MTE Mark Teixeira – New York Yankees
STIT-MTR Mike Trout – Los Angeles Angels
STIT-NA Nolan Arenado – Colorado Rockies
STIT-NC Nelson Cruz – Seattle Mariners
STIT-PF Prince Fielder – Texas Rangers
STIT-PG Paul Goldschmidt – Arizona Diamondbacks
STIT-RM Russell Martin – Toronto Blue Jays
STIT-SM Shelby Miller – Atlanta Braves
STIT-SP Salvador Perez – Kansas City Royals
STIT-SV Stephen Vogt – Oakland Athletics
STIT-TF Todd Frazier – Cincinnati Reds
STIT-TT Troy Tulowitzki – Colorado Rockies
STIT-WD Wade Davis – Kansas City Royals
STIT-YG Yasmani Grandal – Los Angeles Dodgers
STIT-YM Yadier Molina – St. Louis Cardinals
STIT-ZB Zach Britton – Baltimore Orioles
STIT-ZG Zack Greinke – Los Angeles Dodgers




Completed insert set – 2012 Allen & Ginter mini Giants of the Deep

18 11 2022

This one’s been sitting in the queue needing an update for a while.  I’ve wondered in the past and still do if I’ll ever get caught up posting the insert sets I’ve completed!  Here’s another mini set from Allen & Ginter that I completed back in November of last year.

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Info about the set:

Set description:  “15 cards featuring various species of whale.”  These are horizontally oriented mini cards with the animal depicted inside.  There is a write-up on the back describing why the species is endangered.

Set composition: 15 cards, 1:5 odds (2012 Allen & Ginter’s)

I weirdly got zero of these in my box!

Hall of Famers: Not a sports set.

Card that completed my set: #GD14 – Beluga Whale

I got this card from COMC in 2020!  I’m behind!

How I put the set together:

  • 2 cards from a card show
  • 1 card from a trade
  • 5 cards from Beckett
  • 3 cards from Sportlots
  • 4 cards from COMC

Thoughts on the set:  This is the kind of set that makes Ginter interesting.  But they just have the checklist on the back, so not all that cool – would be interesting to have some things to read.  Like with some of these mini sets – the photos aren’t very clear in a lot of cases.

Highest book value: They all book for the same

Best card (my opinion): #GD9 – Orca

Pretty easy choice!  I’d have considered the Narwhal but the picture isn’t very good on that one.  The Orca is very clear compared to a lot of these cards.

Here’s the scan of the full set.

Any other tidbits:  From 2011 to 2013, and then again in 2019 and 2021 Upper Deck inserted patch cards called “Animal Kingdom” into Goodwin Champions.  I cross-referenced the checklist for this set to the Goodwin patches, and the following 18 cards were in both sets:

  • GD1 – Humpback Whale (2011)
  • GD2 – Sperm Whale (2019)
  • GD3 – Blue Whale (2013) – also in the 2011 Ginter Animals in Peril set
  • GD4 – Narwhal (2013)
  • GD5 – Beluga (2011)
  • GD9 – Orca

The 9 cards that weren’t in the Animal Patches set are: Bowhead, Right Whale, Fin Whale, Pilot Whale, Pygmy Sperm Whale, Minke Whale, Bottlenose Whale, Gray Whale, Bryde’s Whale





Completed insert set – 2014 Topps Heritage Then and Now

16 11 2022

This is the fifth of the “standard” insert sets from 2014 Topps Heritage that I’ve completed.  I’ve still got some to go for that year, but I did get this one out of the way – with 6 years in between the 2nd to last and final card (and another year and a half before posting!)  I guess it’s good to get one of the easy ones out of the way.

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Info about the set:

Set description:  “Statistical comparisons of a 1965 player vs a 2013 player who were the leaders in statistical categories”.  The front shows the 2013 Major League leader in a specified category next to a player who was in the top 10 in the same category in 1964.  The reverse shows the MLB top-10 in that statistic for both years.

Set composition:  10 cards, 1:10 odds (2014 Topps Heritage)

Hall of Famers:  7 players – Marichal and Koufax both have 2 cards and Maury Wills isn’t a HOF-er out of the retired players in this set.

Clemente, Gibson, Koufax, Marichal, Mays, McCovey, Robinson

How I put the set together:

  • 2 cards from my hobby box
  • 1 card from a retail jumbo pack
  • 1 card from a trade
  • 3 cards from a card show
  • 1 card each purchased from Sportlots, COMC and Beckett

Thoughts on the set:  This is one that returns each year for Heritage.  This set gets limited by the older players Topps signed to be part of the Heritage brand.

Like last year’s set, I hate when they don’t number sets – these are “lettered”.  It also is one of those things that just blatantly doesn’t make sense when you’re 18 years apart – which always seemed off to me for Heritage.  I guess they just didn’t want to wait 2 more years until year 50 in 2000.

Card that completed my set: #TAN-KD – Sandy Koufax / You Darvish

I got the last card from COMC in back in early 2021, still working on finishing the posts for those!

Highest book value: #TAN-CC – Roberto Clement / Miguel Cabrera

A couple batting champs.

Best card (my opinion): #TAN-KD – Koufax / Darvish

Tough to top Koufax and Kershaw on these cards, but I’ll go with the strikeouts because this is the year that Koufax set the modern K record with 382 (eventually broken by Nolan Ryan by 1 about a decade later).

Best Reds card:  Two to choose form here.  I have to go with Votto over Frank Robinson.  Not because I don’t love Robbie – but they spend the back of his card talking about his time with the Orioles.  The year and Reds sync up – 1965 was his last season in Cincinnati – but they wanted to talk about his Orioles connection with Chris Davis.  A dagger to this Reds fan!

Here’s the completed set scans:

Here’s the statistic associated with each card and where the 1965 player ranked in the majors in that stat if they didn’t lead (and who actually did lead if they weren’t first):

  • TAN-CC – Batting:  R. Clemente / M. Cabrera
  • TAN-GW – IP:  B. Gibson (3rd, Koufax led MLB) / A. Wainwright
  • TAN-KD – K:  S. Koufax / Y. Darvish
  • TAN-KK – ERA:  S. Koufax / C. Kershaw
  • TAN-MC – SHO:  J. Marichal / B. Colon
  • TAN-MD – HR:  W. Mays / C. Davis
  • TAN-MS – W:  J. Marichal (4th, Koufax led MLB) / M. Scherzer
  • TAN-MV – BB:  W. McCovey (3rd, Joe Morgan let MLB) / J. Votto
  • TAN-RD – RBI:  F. Robinson (2nd behind Deron Johnson) / C. Davis
  • TAN-WE – HR:  M. Wills / J. Ellsbury

4 guys who weren’t correct, so 80% accuracy.  I’d imagine Topps didn’t have the rights to Johnson, and maybe not Morgan that year.  Koufax – who had 2 cards – was so dominant in 1965, they probably just wanted to give some due to Gibson and Marichal.





Completed set & Master set – One last look at 2013 Gypsy Queen

14 11 2022

I finished the 2013 Gypsy Queen master set (meaning the inserts and all of the base), so this is the wrap-up post on that.  On this one I finished the insert sets well before the base – which isn’t the norm.  As I posted last week – I finally finished up the last SP card from that base set.

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Info about my set:

How I put the set together:

  • 189 cards (6 SP) from my first hobby box
  • 123 cards (6 SP) from my second hobby box
  • 3 cards (all SP) from a trade
  • 35 cards (all SP) from COMC, Beckett, and Sportlots

Card that completed my set: #227 – #215 – Kris Medlen (from COMC in early 2021)

Best card (my opinion): #161 – Whitey Ford

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

My Master” Set Info:

419 cards – 350 “base”, 69 “insert”

Toughest card to track down: #215 – Kris Medlen

See above.  Mostly because I thought I had completed this set when I got the Wainwright card, only to realize I had somehow crossed #215 off the list erroneously!

How I put the additional sets together:

  • Inserts – 46 cards from the two hobby boxes, 10 from a trade, 1 from a blaster, 1 from a retail pack, 5 from Beckett Marketplace, 4 COMC, 2 from Sportlots

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Saturdays Suds: Baseball & Beer #88 Broken Bat Can of Corn

12 11 2022

As I said last week, I have a number of these I can queue up, so I’m gonna try to do that.  Matching the Saturday Suds from last week is the other licensed beer related to the Field of Dreams game.  This one is from a brewery in Milwaukee.

Brewery: Broken Bat Brewery in Milwaukee, WI

Beer: Can of Corn

Description:  “A ballpark ale brewed with the actual corn harvested from the Field of Dreams movie site, ‘Can of Corn’ was brewed to bring those who truly love the purity of the game together, just like Ray built the field. find your seat and dream a little, grab a cold one, and enjoy two of America’s greatest pastimes, beers and baseball.”

This is a good corn-adjuncted lager, no complaints on my end. Sweet and drinkable like it should be!

Medium:  16 ounce cans.

How it’s related to baseball:  Like the one from Textile – this is a beer brewed with corn from the Iowa fields near Dyersville.  I actually got this back in 2021 for the first iteration of the Field of Dreams, went up to the brewery.  Broken Bat is a brewery built around a baseball theme – so I’m sure that has to do with why they got to do this affiliation.  When my son and I went to the MLB Field of Dreams game this year, this beer had been re-brewed and was available at the game.





Completed set – 2013 Gypsy Queen

10 11 2022

Here’s a full base set I completed recently!  A few years ago when I was more active on this blog, I thought I had finished this set but when I went through it – realized I was missing a card.

Info about my set:

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How I put the set together:

  • 189 cards (6 SP) from my first hobby box
  • 123 cards (6 SP) from my second hobby box
  • 3 cards (all SP) from a trade
  • 35 cards (all SP) from COMC, Beckett, and Sportlots

Card that completed my set: #215 – Kris Medlen

I got this from COMC in early 2021.  I had actually thought the Wainwright picture above back in 2019, but had to re-visit that and got this Medlen card in late 2020 and had it shipped with a COMC lot in early 2021 (after like a 5 month wait – not sure if that’s still the norm!).

General Set Info:

Set composition: 350 cards (by my count – 260 current players, 90 retired players)

Earliest active player from this set: #155 – Ty Cobb.

When I’ve done this for sets from my Lifetime Topps project, I usually do “last active player”.  For these sets I’ve done first active player.  This is easily Ty Cobb – who along with Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig are the only players in the set who finished their career before World War II.  Cobb debuted in 1905.

Player with the most cards in the set: There are 350 different cards and 350 different players with 1 card each :).

First Card and the Hundreds: #1 – Adam Jones, #100 – Bryce Harper, #200 – Ernie Banks, #300 – Johnny Bench

Highest book value: #14 – Mike Trout

Most notable card: #14 – Mike Trout

About anything from Trout around this time is going to be the most notable.  He’s priced above anyone else in Beckett – not suprisingly they put him as an SP card.

Best card (my opinion): #161 – Whitey Ford

Love this card.  It kind of jumps out at you with the background, which I’m guessing is a Spring Training type picture.

Second best card (also my opinion): #86 – Mariano Rivera

I guess I’m staying with Bronx pitchers here, but the throwback Yankee uniform goes really well with this set design.

Best subset card: N/A

Favorite action photo: #117 – Phil Niekro

 

This set tends to have close-ups, even on action shots, and that doesn’t lead to the most unique in-game photos.  This was a cool follow-through of a Knucksy pitch.

Favorite non-action photo: #161 – Whitey Ford (see above)

My Favorite Reds card: #148 – Todd Frazier

Nice shot of one of my all-time favorite Reds.





Completed set – 2003 Topps Traded & Rookies

9 11 2022

I made a few purchases last year on Sportlots to finish up some sets that were low hanging fruit.  One of those was 2003 Topps Traded & Rookies – where I had needed just one card for 5 years.

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Info about my set:

How I put the set together:

  • 270 cards from the Topps Traded HTA jumbo box
  • 4 card from a trade with reader Bill
  • 1 card from Sportlots

Card that completed my set:  #T146T – Gabe Gross

I got this from Sportlots in early 2021, as I mentioned I did kind of catch-all buy of some low hanging fruit.

Set composition:  275 cards (115 single MLB player cards, 5 Managers, 45 Prospects, 110 1st Year Cards)

Representation of ’02 MLB season:  This set passed the point where this is relevant to do for traded.  The guys in the first 115 cards are all players who either signed with a new team in the offseason – for example, David Ortiz, Pudge Rodriguez or Cris Carpenter signing with Boston, Florida and St. Louis respectively.

There are also some mid-season 2003 trades like Aaron bleeping Boone (see below)!  There aren’t any players with their 2002 baseball teams in this set, so putting this type of comparison with the 2002 regular set doesn’t make a ton of sense.

Last active player from this set:  #T158 – Adam Wainwright

Pretty wild there’s a guy in this set still playing – though it’s possible Wainwright will follow Yadier and Pujols and announce his retirement this offseason.

The earlier player is Rickey Henderson.  So the player years from this set span from 1979 to 2022 – 6 different decades!  That excludes the managers, where Felipe Alou would bring it back 2 more decades as he debuted in 1958.

Highest book value:  #T200 – Robinson Cano

This is a true RC for Cano, so it’s way ahead of any other cards from the most recent Beckett I have.  Miguel Cabrera is in the Prospects subset, but this is a couple years after his true RC.

Most notable card:  #T200 – Robinson Cano

That it’s the most notable rookie card in a Traded set makes it the default most notable card as well, though the first Red Sox Topps based card for Big Papi is worth mentioning as well.

Best card (my opinion):  #T108 – Aaron Boone

A part of me should hate this card, because Boone was a bit of a fan favorite for me when he was with the Reds – and this card exists to point out he was traded away when they started to stink in the early aughts.  But he hit one of the biggest homers in postseason history, one of only 3 walk-off homers to clinch the pennant in the history of this great game – and this is the card that shows the midseason trade for it.

Second best card (also my opinion):  #T52 – David Ortiz

Obviously Ortiz moving to the Red Sox had a much bigger long term impact than the Boone trade.

Best subset card:  #T116 – Dusty Baker

Dusty finally got that World Series ring as a manager the other day.  He’s beloved throughout all of baseball, and despite some silly fans who think they can do better – his win-loss record is second to none.  Felt appropriate to pick him here.

Favorite action photo:  #T81 – Bobby Kielty

Traded/Update sets aren’t particularly known for their action shots.  This is a very good one.  The Aramis Ramirez card was the other one I considered – looks like he’s just hit a home run.

Favorite non-action photo:  #T100 – Kenny Rogers

The Gambler was always a pretty cool player, and this dugout shot works pretty well.  said, I like the cool effect with the background here.  I couldn’t have told you he played for Minnesota, but apparently he went 13-8 his one season there.

My Favorite Reds card:  #T168 – Joe Valentine

Unfortunate default here – of the 4 Reds cards in this set, Joe was the only guy who ever spent time with the actual Major League ballclub, though he had a negative WAR so maybe that should even DQ him for this distinct honor!





Completed master set – one last look at 2000 Topps

7 11 2022

Back in 2017, I finished the last card for the Hank Aaron Chrome set – and even when I finally blogged about that in 2020, I forgot to realize that I had finished what I’m determining as my master set to 2000 Topps!  So here I am – 5 years later doing a post I used to do within a week or so of finishing this off.  Shoulder shrug!

This was a tougher master set to complete.  Counting the Finest sets has made late 90’s and this a tough one to finish, but the MVP redemption set was probably the toughest and the most expensive.  I had originally tried to complete that MVP set 1 at a time, but eventually got a good deal on a full set on eBay.

Info about my base set:

How I put the base set together:

  • 234 cards from the series 1 hobby box
  • 239 cards from the series 2 hobby box
  • 3 cards from trades
  • 2 cards from Beckett Marketplace

Card that completed my base set: #225 – Pedro Martinez PSH

Best card (my opinion): #85 – Barry Larkin

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

My Master” Set Info:

653 cards – 478 “base”, “135” traded, 191 “insert”, 3 “other”

How I put the additional sets together:

  • Traded – boxed set from eBay
  • Promos – all 3 cards from an eBay auction
  • Inserts – 30 from my s1/s2 hobby boxes, 7 from trades, 65 from COMC, 36 from Sportlots, 29 from Beckett Marketplace, 17 from eBay, 7 from card shows

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