This is the sixth time I’ve had the chance to cross off something on this elusive card list. And this time, I got two cards through a purchase, which isn’t quite as exciting as a trade, but I’ve been stalking COMC, Beckett and eBay for this card and it finally popped up:
2012 Topps Archives Combos – #58-CK – Cabrera/Kaline
I still have one more card in this set, which has definitely proved to be “elusive”.
1998 Topps Focal Points #11 – Chuck Knoblauch
Same thing with this card – I’ve been looking for it for quite a while. It’s not as expensive or rare as the card above, but it’s just been so long that I’ve been trying to get it – I’m glad it’s off the list. Also, this one completes the set.
Here’s the updated Elusive Eight, just in case anyone has these cards available! Remember – the pictures are the photos I have of other cards in the set. Since I don’t have them, I don’t have actual photos yet!
1995 Topps Pre-Production Spectralite #PP5 – Travis Fryman
This was one of 4 cards on the original Elusive Eight that has stayed on the whole time and I’m still yet to obtain, and to me is the one that might prove the toughest. I’m guessing that whenever I turn over the full original list – it will be this card that gets me there.
1996 Topps Masters of the Game #15 – Kirby Puckett
Another EE original – I am surprised I haven’t found this guy yet. The hunt continues…
2012 Topps Archives In Action #82IA-JE – Jacoby Ellsbury
This is another original list card that I just can’t seem to find. As a retail-only set, these aren’t common by any means, but I’ve seen the other cards in this set so much more frequently.
2013 Gypsy Queen #218 – Adam Wainwright
This was on the original list, but unlike the others this is a card I could go out and buy now if I wanted to. I just haven’t had the burning need to complete the Gypsy Queen set from 2013. It’s not something I need to pounce on, but hopefully I get this by end of 2016.
2012 Topps Archives Combos – #58-YE – Yaz/Ellsbury
So this card was on the 2nd list, and has been on there ever since. I had 2 needs for this set, so couldn’t fit it into the original, so once I got one of the originals, this card and its counterpart replaced…
2012 Allen & Ginter Giants of the Deep #14 – Bottlenose Whale
So technically this was on the original list, but not continuously on. I think I’ve bumped it off two times.
1998 Hall Bound #1 – Paul Molitor
I had been at 2 cards in this set for quite a while – and I found one of the cards on COMC, so I’m down to just the Molitor to complete this set.
2002 Topps Traded #5 – Tyler Houston
This is the card I’m adding to replace the Cabrera/Kaline card above. I’m going to do this going forward – keep 1 of these 2002 Topps Traded cards on my list. See, it’s going to be the hardest base set of this Lifetime Topps Project for me to complete. Topps short printed the first 110 cards and they now go for $3-$5 a pop. I’m hoping this helps me focus on these.
Here are some other cards that would be knocking on the door to make the list.
1998 Clemente Finest Reprints #13
1998 Milestones cards #3 (Dennis Eckersley) & #4 (Juan Gonzalez)
2001 Topps MVP redemption set – a very expensive set, I have about 10 of the 25 cards
2003 Topps Nolan Ryan Record Breaker – 5 very difficult cards to go
2003 Topps Traded – 5 cards to go
2004 Topps – 5 cards to go
2012 Topps – the Bryce Harper 661 card