Completed master set – one last look at 1997 Topps

2 06 2016

Once I completed the Awesome Impact set, which I did last September and posted about yesterday, that meant I’d locked down the master set for 1997 Topps.  This is the latest year that I’ve done so.

There weren’t any particularly major obstacles here, there’s just a number of insert sets that took a little while to accumulate.

Info about my base set:

How I put the base set together:

  • 249 cards from series 1 retail box
  • 216 cards from series 2 retail box
  • 30 cards from trades

Card that completed my set: #261 – Lance Johnson

1997 Topps final card - Lance Johnson 261

Best card (my opinion): #463 – J.T. Snow

1997 Topps 263 JT Snow best card

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

My Master” Set Info:

719 cards – 495 “base”, 215 “insert”, 9 “other”

Toughest card to track down:  Pre-Production #PP1 – Frank Thomas

1997 Topps Pre production Thomas PP1

This could be any one of the 9 pre-production cards.  They were very difficult to track down, or even learn much about before I did.

How I put the additional sets together:

  • Promos – all 9 cards from eBay
  • Inserts – 27 cards from boxes, 11 from trades, 8 from card shows, 80 from COMC, 59 from Sportlots, 30 from Beckett’s Marketplace

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Completed master set – one last look at 2011 Topps Heritage

11 03 2016

As i mentioned yesterday, I finished up the 2011 Topps Heritage Jackie Robinson set.  That also means I finished up the 2011 Heritage master set.  Out of the products that aren’t part of my Lifetime Topps project, this is easily my favorite.  1962 Topps is just about my favorite design.

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Info about my base set

How I put the set (non-SP / SP) together:

  • 204 (196/8) cards from my hobby box
  • 153 (146/7) cards from trades
  • 39 (36/3) cards from a blaster
  • 38 (36/2) cards from various retail packs
  • 15 (11/4) cards from a card show
  • 38 SP cards from eBay lots
  • 4 SP cards from Sportlots
  • 9 SP cards from Check Out My Cards

Card that completed my set:  #437 – Adrian Gonzalez

Best card (my opinion):  #81 – Jason Varitek

Catcher’s mask? check.  Catcher’s mitt?  check.  Cool background?  check.  One of the last cards of a team captain?  check.

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

My Master” Set Info:

560 cards – 500 “base”, 5 promo, 55 “insert”

How I put the additional sets together:

  • Promo set – 4 from COMC, 1 from Beckett Marketplace
  • Inserts – 7 from my hobby box, 2 from a blaster, 1 from a retail blister, 15 from trades, 15 from Sportlots, 8 from COMC, 4 from eBay, 3 from a card show

Toughest card to track down:  Jackie Robinson Special: #143 – Robinson shines in the fall

2011 Topps Heritage Jackie Robinson Special 143

NSCC promo:  #DC2 – Dee Gordon

2011 Heritage NSCC Promo Dee Gordon

Usually I would only pick 1 in this case, and usually the answer would be the last card I got.  In this case, though, I have to pick 2.  Both of these cards were ridiculously difficult.  They’re difficult sets, but these particular cards, I just couldn’t find.  Which is why it took my nearly 5 years to complete this master set!

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Completed master set – 2012 Goodwin Champions

2 03 2016

Another post to pat myself on the back!  As I mentioned  a couple of posts ago, the World Travelers set finished off both the 2011 and 2012 Goodwin master sets for me.  This one was about 3 years in the making, and technically I finished it even earlier because I was waiting on cards from the 2011 portion of the World Traveler set.

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Info about my base set

How I put the set (base / SP / SSP / mini) together:

  • 149 (123/16/6/4) cards from my three hobby boxes
  • 43 (27/10/4/2) cards from Sportlots/Beckett/COMC
  • 26 (0/4/10/12) cards from eBay
  • 13 (0/10/0/3) cards from the National card show

Card that completed my set:  #6 – Carlton Fisk (completed via a November purchase from Beckett marketplace).

2012 Goodwin Champions Carlton Fisk

Best card (my opinion): #184 – Ned Williamson

2012 Goodwin Ned Williamson_0001

Ned Williamson had the single-season home run record before Babe Ruth (27 homers in 1884).  This is his only card after 1889.

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

My Master” Set Info

281 cards – 231 “base”, 25 “insert”, 25 “other”

How I put the additional sets together:

  • Insert:  6 – packs/boxes, 19 – online purchases
  • World Traveler:  3 – packs/boxes, 22 – online purchases

Toughest card to track down:  World Military Machines #MM-5 – DUKW

2012 Goodwin Military DUKW

I have no idea why, but this particular card seemed harder to track down than any of the others.  More so than any of its Military brethren, and more so than the base SP cards or the box topper World Travelers, both of which are much rarer.

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Completed master set – 2011 Goodwin Champions

29 02 2016

The whole point of doing these set completion posts is basically to pat myself on the back :).  Well I’m happy to do so with this “master set”.  This is me patting the 2011 version of myself on the back.  Or maybe it’s the 2011 me patting the current me on the back.  Regardless, I’m glad to say I finished this up – it took a long time to finish everything I wanted from 2011 & 2012 Goodwin Champions.  I finally did late last year.  That’s over 4 years, though the main hold up was the Goodwin Travelers postcards that came as box toppers.

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Info about my base set

How I put the set (base / SP / SSP / mini) together:

  • 161 (142/12/4/3) cards from my two hobby boxes
  • 10 (5/3/1/1) cards from a blaster
  • 5 (3/2/0/0) cards from trades
  • 34 (0/12/8/14) cards from Sportlots
  • 14 (0/11/3/0) cards from a card show
  • 7 (0/0/4/3) cards from COMC

Card that completed my set:  #194 – Rube Foster

2011 Goodwin Rube Foster

Best card (my opinion): #164 – Old & Young Tom Morris

2011 Goodwin Old Young Tom Morris

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

My Master” Set Info

285 cards – 231 “base”, 29 “insert”, 25 “other”

How I put the additional sets together:

  • Inserts:  5 – packs/boxes, 12 – card shows, 12 – online purchases
  • World Traveler:  2 – packs/boxes, 3 – trades, 20 – online purchases

Toughest card to track down:  World Travelers #ET21 – Na Pali Coast

2011 Goodwin World Traveler Na Pali Coast

This was the last of 2 World Traveler cards I got.  It would have to be one of those cards or the Rube Foster.

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Completed master set – one last look at 1994 Topps

31 08 2015

I’m changing up how I do these master set posts a little bit.  In the past, I’ve basically reposted my base card set and added a “master set” section at the end of that post.  That seems a little silly in this case – I just posted about the 1994 Topps base set.  So I don’t need the repeat, I’ll just link to the completed set post.

OK, enough with the administrative stuff – I finished up the master set to 1994 Topps.  I’ve now completed all my Topps master sets through 1994!

I’m going to give myself the proverbial pat on the back, I’m gonna toot my own horn, I’ll grandstand, gloat and shout a little cock-a-doodle-doo.  I kind of assumed this would either be the last “master set” I’d finish, or I wouldn’t even finish it at all.  There were 2 major obstacles here.  The first was the Topps Spanish Legends set.  I had been 2 cards short for what seemed like forever (probably only 3 years – but still).  I finally finished that up with an eBay purchase.

The other, even more challenging portion was the Darren Dreifort Topps Golden Spikes promo.  I probably didn’t even need to consider that part of the master set (and the same could be said for the Spanish Legends set).  But both of those seemed affiliated to 1994 Topps flagship to me, so I kept my eyes open.  When I finally got the Dreifort – I was ecstatic!  So enough gasconading!  Without further ado, here’s the info for this master set.

Info about my base set:

How I put the base set together:

  • 307 cards from series 1 wax box
  • 259 cards from series 2 wax box
  • 222 cards from trades
  • 2 cards I already had from back in the day
  • 1 card from a card show
  • 1 card from Sportlots

Card that completed my set: #379 – Mark McLemore

1994 Topps Mark McLemore

Best card (my opinion): #180 – George Brett

1994 Topps George Brett best card

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

My Master” Set Info:

1,005 cards – 792 “base”, 132 “update”, 62 “insert”, 19 “other”

How I put the additional sets together:

  • Traded & Finest Traded – factory set from a card show
  • Promos – all 19 cards from eBay
  • Black Gold – 2 from wax boxes (1 each series), 3 from trades, 39 from Sportlots
  • Leyendas – 3 from Sportlots, 5 from COMC, 2 from eBay

Update set composition:  132 cards (107 players*, 19 Draft Picks, 1 Prospects card, 2 Anatomy of a Trade, 2 Sandberg Tribute, 1 checklist)

*Paul Shuey’s card has the Future Star design

In the update set not in the base set:  50 players (including the 4 players on the Prospect card)

Total in base and update sets:  812 different players, 53 draft picks

Highest book value in the Update set:  #112T – Paul Konerko RC

1994 Topps Traded 112T Paul Konerko DP RC

A borderline Hall of Famer is the biggest rookie card in the set.

Most notable card from the Update set:  #42T – Pedro Martinez / Delino DeShields AT

1994 Topps Traded 42T Pedro Martinez Delino DeShields Trade

I have to think that in 1994, the “anatomy of the trade” card for the Delino DeShields and Pedro Martinez wasn’t viewed as much more than an anomaly.  But this became a pretty big deal, and since I just finished reading Pedro’s biography, it was poignant to me.  The back points out how both teams were trying to replace something they’d lost.  The Expos replaced on Martinez for another, as they were losing ace Denny.  The Dodgers lost Jody Reed to free agency and needed to replace him.  The trade was viewed as a bit of a steal by LA; it sure didn’t turn out that way.

By the way, Dennis Martinez and Jody Reed are cards #7 and #57, respectively, in the ’94 Topps Traded set.

Most notable insert card:  Traded Finest #7 – Frank Thomas

1994 Topps Traded Finest Insert Frank Thomas

There isn’t a lot of insert sets to choose from, and I don’t think of any of them blow you away as iconic for the hobby.  The Finest insert cards in the Traded factory set do seem the most significant.  In 1994, Topps was coming fresh off of the gold mine they created with Topps Finest in 1993, and they were starting to branch the brand out to be more than just its own product; they inserted the cards in other sets.

Best Insert card (my opinion):  Traded Finest #1 – Greg Maddux

1994 Topps Traded Finest Insert Greg Maddux

The Traded Finest insert set isn’t just moderately significant; it’s the coolest one out of the 3 total insert sets, in my opinion.  Man, for the days when there were 3 total insert sets between Topps and Topps Traded!  Anyway, they put Greg Maddux batting on his card.  That wins this award!





Completed master set – 2011 Topps Lineage

16 04 2015

I finally knocked the last part out of the master set fo 2011 Topps Lineage.  After finishing up the ’64 Giants Box Topper set back in August, I finished up the 1975 mini parallel set last month.

Info about my base set:

How I put the set together:

  • 153 cards from my first hobby box
  • 41 cards from my second hobby box
  • 1 card from a Group Break
  • 5 cards from trades

Card that completed my set: #194 – Cal Ripken ASR (I picked up the last card in a trade from Napkin Doon – 4 years ago!) – see picture below.  I’ve had this set completed for a while – but it took me 4 years to wrap up the 75 mini parallel set.

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Completed master set – one last look at 1990 Topps

12 04 2015

I completed the full set of 1990 Topps back in 2012 – but it wasn’t until late last year that I finally finished off the “Master Set”.  The K-Mart “Batting Leaders” inserts were really tough to find at a decent price.  I posted about completing that set on Thursday – this is the master set post.

I’ve now completed all my Topps master sets through 1993!

Info about my base set:

How I put the set together:

  • 458 cards from the wax box
  • 84 cards from a couple of K-Mart blister pack
  • 61 cards I already had from back in the day
  • 189 cards from trades

Card that completed my set: #675 – Jim Abbott – GO BLUE!!! (1 of 2 cards I got in a trade with blog reader Kary that completed the set – the other was Tom Gordon).

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