Thursday, November 25, 2021

It's Not Always About The Hits V

Well unless you've been under a rock for the past few months, I'm sure you've heard the news. As of 2025 Topps will no longer have the MLB license. They also only have the MLBPA license until 2023. So what does that mean for the future of baseball cards? 

I have no idea...that's a long ways away. 

I do know that the card market has changed quite a bit in past few years so it will be interesting to see if all the money Fanatics spent to acquire the licenses results in lower end releases being eliminated for purely high end ones. 

Or with the hype around NFT's, does it all go digital?

One thing is for certain though, if  I decide that the new round of baseball cards isn't for me, there will be plenty of older sets that I can finally attempt to finish.

One of the things I will always enjoy buying irregardless of who's making the cards are 1500 count boxes of "commons" for less than 10 bucks. What's in this one? Let's see...

2018 Topps Update - 59 cards. (yes, the Juan Soto Rookie Debut card pictured was 1 of the 59 cards.)

2018 Topps Gypsy Queen - 87 cards.

2018 Topps Archives - 73 cards.

2018 Topps Stadium Club - 194 cards.

2012 Bowman Platinum Prospects - 35 cards.

2018 Topps WalMart Holiday - 43 cards.

2016 Topps Allen & Ginter - 43 cards.

2018 Topps Allen & Ginter  - 122 cards. I was surprised to see this card included. 

2018 Topps Allen & Ginter Hot Box Silver Glossy Parallels - 31 cards. I didn't even know these existed. They are exactly as described...they are glossy with a silver background behind the subject of the card. There were unannounced "hot boxes" released where all the regular base cards were swapped out with these parallels. Very cool.

2008 Topps Allen & Ginter - 93 cards.

2011 Topps Update Gold Parallels - 16 cards.

2018 Donruss - 92 cards.


Here are a bunch of random cards.

The two 2010 Topps cards are throwback parallels that could only be found in Target blaster boxes.

I checked Omar Beltre's Wikipedia page to see if he was related to Adrian but it doesn't look like it. I did find out that his Major League career lasted less than a week.

2018 Topps Heritage - 9 cards. 

2021 Topps Series 1 - 105 cards.

2018 Topps Fire - 10 cards.

2020 Topps Heritage High Numbers - 109 cards.

2013 Topps Series 1 Emerald Parallels - 48 cards.

2013 Topps Update Emerald Parallels - 17 cards.

2014 Topps Series 1 - 117 cards.

2017 Topps Heritage - 87 cards.

2020 Topps Allen and Ginter - 67 cards.

Finally a handful of junk wax...

...except for Trammell, everyone here has the Red Sox on their playing resume.

Some 1991 Donruss Series 2...

...and some 1989 Bowman...including a John Smoltz rookie.

I hope everyone had a fantastic Thanksgiving! Thanks for reading!

Monday, November 22, 2021

It's Not Always About The Hits IV

I hope everybody had a good weekend. The wife and I went shopping for Thanksgiving as we plan to have it at our place this year...which means I get to cook. Her parents wanted to take us to have Thanksgiving dinner at a restaurant but I passed on the idea. I did it with them once and it was alright...okay, it sucked. Not my kind of experience. Not my worst Thanksgiving though, that would be somewhere in the mid-1990's when I was in college and had to work the entire a restaurant. 

Well that's enough reminiscing...let's look at what I found in one of those $10 box of "commons" I love so dearly.

2020 Topps Heritage High Numbers - 340 cards.

Of course there were some duplicates...and a few inserts as well. But since I was only able to find a little bit of this (at an astronomically high price) at the time of release, this gets me a lot closer to completing it with minimal financial effort. Bonus was that it included 10 of the short prints.

2018 Topps Update - 292 cards.

2021 Topps Series 1 - 302 cards.

It wasn't all just hundreds of cards from a few sets...there were some random cards thrown in as well.

This page is all from 2017 Bowmans Best. 

Lots of Cubs in these pages.

One of a few from 2017 Topps Series 1.

2014 Bowman Chrome - 74 cards.

2014 Bowman Chrome Prospects - 63 cards...which included

...a short print

...and a variation (I have no idea what the variation is). 

2018 Topps Heritage High Numbers - 67 cards.

2015 Topps Heritage - 58 cards...which included a couple of SPs...

...and something I had never seen before, a Blue Back parallel.

1991 Pro Set Football - 14 cards. I freely admit to liking these overproduced Pro Set releases. 

2017 Topps Holiday Bowman - 2 cards.

Here are a few Cincinnati Reds from 2017 Topps Series 1 and 2016 Bowman Draft.

 A couple of Chicago Cubs from 2016 Topps Allen & Ginter.

2014 Bowman Chrome Prospect Trey Ball - 23 cards. That right...23 copies. Anybody want one? I can spare one...or 23.

2013 Bowman Prospects - 8 cards. 

3 cards from 2013 Bowman Draft Picks and Prospects...the last two are the Chrome versions.

Some inserts from 2014 Bowman.

2012 Bowman Draft Picks and Prospects - 4 cards.

2013 Bowman - 18 cards.

2013 Bowman Chrome - 19 cards.

2013 Bowman Chrome Prospects - 35 cards.

2020 Topps Heritage - 30 cards.

2009 O-Pee-Chee - 50 cards.

2018 Topps Series 1 - 70 cards...and it even included this Nolan Arenado numbered insert 171/299.

Thanks for reading!