Sunday, November 30, 2014

Voulez-Vous Echangez Avec Moi Ce Soir?


Kevin, mon frere d'une autre mere, has exploded onto the blog scene lately with his numerous 90's box breaks and silly post titles.  He's also making overseas trade look easy.  I got a little box of butterscotch Jello (literally) from him full of cardboard, and it's all quality over quantity.

First and foremost, the above two cards are both rare and stunning additions to my Buhner PC and my King Felix hit collection.  The Felix is #/18 and has a massive relic on it.  And we all know how tough gold signatures are to come across.  Wowwee.


Kevin threw in a couple of Juniors, too, which is hella-generous considering Kevin is also a Griffey man.  I can't get enough of that weird folding Collector's Choice insert on the right (that's the back).  I might actually unfold this one even though it seems wrong to break the seal.


To top it all off, Kev included a pair of unique action shots from '93 Upper Deck, a set that is renowned for its unique action shots.

Great stuff, Kevin!  I've already been hoarding Blue Jays for you.  I'll shoot 'em off to France as soon as my second mortgage goes through (just kidding, but shipping is expensive, non?).

Monday, November 24, 2014

A Trade Post From the Dollar Store

The more Griffeys I amass, the higher the cost of the ones I need; and I've been really embracing the set collector in me as the average cost of new Griffeys has been slowly climbing.  I've even gone ahead and added a whole page of set needs as you can see above (shameless plug), and it has not gone unnoticed.  Repack-master Doug of the always excellent Sportscards from the Dollar Store sent me the last seven cards I needed to complete my master set of 1991 Studio:


When I say "master set," I think I mean every single gettable card of any type for this set.  That's what I always kind of assumed that meant.  There are no more base cards nor promos that aren't represented in the binder - they're all there!  It's my first and possibly my last "master set."



Doug also acknowledged a few of my lesser-known wants such as T.J.'s and a Clutterbuck!  I never get these!


Not to mention a few from my actual favorite hockey player, T.J. Oshie.  There aren't many New Orleanians who can claim they know a single hockey player name let alone have a favorite, but Mr Oshie's been my guy since I saw him in a game against the Blue Jackets a few years back (before the Olympics that helped make him more famous).  I'm still on the hunt for a jersey....


Doug also included a pair of New Orleans players, the first being Mr. Colston here...


...and the second being this lovely Pistol Pete parallel #/60!  Pete remains the PC that is least acknowledged by other bloggers.  I suppose he just doesn't have that many cards, and not many baseball guys collect basketball.  So when one of these comes in the mail I get all fuzzy.

Thanks for the amazing trade package, Doug!  I've got some Delgado and Mookie love coming your way soon enough!

Friday, November 21, 2014

Happy 45th Birthday, Junior!

Mr. Junior turns 45 today!

What better way to celebrate than with a big ol' stack of new-to-the-blog Griffey cards?  Enjoy!















Happy birthday, big guy!

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Player Collection Mini-Beasts

Here are the have lists for all my player collections.  This is mostly for my own reference; but if you have any cards not listed here, let me know!

Updated 9.4.16

Vida Blue:

1970 Topps #21 Rookie Stars (w/ Gene Tenance)
1972 Topps #169
1972 Topps #96 A.L. Strikeout Leaders (w/ Lolitch, Coleman)
1972 Topps O-Pee-Chee #430 In Action
1973 Topps #430
1975 SSPC #481
1975 Topps #510 Mini(iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii!)
1976 Sportdiscs (Isaly's/Sweet William back)
1979 Kellogg's 3-D Super Stars
1979 Topps #110 N.L. All-Star
1980 Topps #30
1981 Donruss #433
1981 Fleer #432
1981 Topps #310
1982 Donruss #222
1982 Donruss #4 Diamond Kings
1982 Topps Traded #8T
1983 Fleer #643 Super Star Special
1984 Fleer Update #U-7
1986 Topps #770
1986 Topps #770 Tiffany
1987 Donruss #362
1987 Topps #260
1987 Topps #260 Tiffany
1989 Pacific Baseball Legends #198
1990 Pacific Baseball Legends #8
2000 Fleer Greats of the Game #97
2001 Topps American Pie Profiles in Courage #PIC 18
2002 Topps Archives Reserve #57 (1971 Reprint)
2004 Fleer Greats #23
2005 Topps Pristine The Legendary Years #1
2007 Topps Archives Reserve #57 RC Reprint Refractor
2008 Topps Triple Threads #65 Red #/1350
2008 Topps Triple Threads #65 Brown #/525
2008 Topps Triple Threads #65 Green #/240
2011 Leaf Limited Greats Autograph #9 #/499
2012 Panini Golden Age #98
2012 Panini Limited Greats #9 Autograph #/499
2013 Topps Cy Young Trophy Manurelic #CY-VB
2013 Topps Allen & Ginter #146
2013 Topps Allen & Ginter Sliding Stars Joe Morgan #SS-JM (cameo)
2013 Topps Gypsy Queen #157
2013 Topps Gypsy Queen #157 Mini
2013 Topps Gypsy Queen Joe Morgan Sliding Stars #SS-JM (cameo)
2013 Topps Museum Collection Certified Auto #AA-VB #/399
O'Connell & Son Inc #145

Jay Buhner:

1987 ProCards #38
1988 Donruss #545
1988 Donruss The Rookies #11
1988 Topps Traded #21T
1989 Bazooka Shining Stars #4
1989 Fleer #542
1989 Kmart Dream Team #5
1989 Score #530
1989 Topps #223
1989 Topps Glossy Rookies #5
1989 Topps Minis #10
1989 Toys R Us Collectors' Edition Rookies #5
1989 Upper Deck #220
1990 Bowman #477
1990 Donruss #448
1990 Donruss #448 Speckle Border Variant
1990 Fleer #508
1990 Leaf #114
1990 Score #521
1990 Topps #554
1990 Upper Deck #534
1991 Donruss #509
1991 Donruss #509 Border Variant
1991 Donruss Grand Slammers #6
1991 Fleer #446
1991 Leaf #62
1991 Score #125
1991 Stadium Club #153
1991 Topps #154
1991 Topps Micro #154
1991 Upper Deck #128
1992 Donruss #61
1992 Fleer #275
1992 Leaf #128
1992 Pinnacle #27
1992 Pinnacle #305 Shades
1992 Score #202
1992 Stadium Club #213
1992 Studio #231
1992 Topps #327
1992 Topps Micro #327
1992 Ultra #121
1992 Upper Deck #441
1992 Upper Heck Homerun Heroes #HR18
1993 Donruss #111
1993 Fleer #305
1993 Leaf #271
1993 Pinnacle #68
1993 Pinnacle Home Run Club #36
1993 Leaf #271
1993 Select #202
1993 SP #128
1993 Stadium Club #310
1993 Topps #718
1993 Topps Micro #718
1993 Ultra #267
1994 Collector's Choice #424
1994 Collector's Choice #424 Gold Signature
1994 Donruss #89 Special Edition
1994 Leaf #131
1994 Pacific #564
1994 Pinnacle #343
1994 Sportflics 2000 #18
1994 SP #104
1994 Stadium Club #299
1994 Stadium Club Super Team Card #26 Seattle Mariners
1994 Topps #472
1994 Ultra #118
1994 Upper Deck #61
1995 Bazooka #15
1995 Collector's Choice #290
1995 Collector's Choice SE #124
1995 Collector's Choice SE #124 Silver Signature
1995 Donruss #471
1995 Emotion #76
1995 Fleer #263
1995 Pinnacle #234
1995 Score #68 Platinum Team Set
1995 Select #38
1995 Stadium Club #73
1995 Topps #25
1995 Topps Embossed #65
1996 Collector's Choice #730
1996 Collector's Choice You Crash the Game #CG25 6/20-23
1996 Collector's Choice You Crash the Game #CG25 7/25-28
1996 Denny's Grand Slam Hologram #7
1996 Donruss #141
1996 Finest #237/S32 Sterling
1996 Fleer #231
1996 Leaf #113
1996 Metal Universe #104
1996 Pinnacle #224
1996 Pinnacle Denny's Grand Slam Holograms #7
1996 Score Titanic Taters #18
1996 SP #173
1996 Sportflix #91
1996 Sportflix UC3 #120
1996 Stadium Club Members Only Box Set #8
1996 Topps #270
1996 Topps Profiles #AL-11
1996 Upper Deck #201
1996 Upper Deck Power Driven #PD3
1996 Upper Deck V.J. Lovero Showcase #VJ11
1997 Bowman #255
1997 Collector's Choice Big Shots #17
1997 Donruss #58
1997 E-X2000 #39
1997 Fleer #202
1997 Leaf #102
1997 Pinnacle #195 Clout
1997 Pinnacle Inside #39
1997 Pinnacle Mint Bronze Coin #30
1997 Pinnacle Totally Certified #82 Mirror Red #/3999
1997 Pinnacle Zenith #38
1997 Score #168
1997 SPx #SPX44
1997 Stadium Club #19
1997 Topps #40
1997 Topps Gallery #50
1997 Upper Deck #177
1997 Upper Deck Long Distance Connection #LD7
1997 Upper Deck Predictor #P25 (scratched)
1998 Bowman #250
1998 Collector's Choice #242
1998 Donruss #82
1998 Donruss Preferred #48
1998 Finest #180
1998 Fleer Diamond Ink 25 Diamond Points
1998 Fleer Sports Illustrated Covers #6
1998 Fleer Tradition #324 Tale of the Tape
1998 Leaf #108
1998 Leaf Rookies & Stars #19
1998 Pacific Omega #217
1998 Pinnacle Inside #102
1998 Pinnacle Museum Collection #PP53
1998 Pinnacle Performers #49
1998 Stadium Club #20
1998 Topps #90
1998 Topps Stars #74 Silver #/4399
1998 Ultra #135G Gold Medallion
1999 Fleer Brilliants #80
1999 Fleer Brilliants #80B Blue Veteran
1999 Stadium Club Triumvirate #T3A Luminescent
1999 Topps #376
1999 UD Choice #144
2000 Fleer Tradition #170 Glossy
2000 Topps Opening Day #6
2001 Topps Gold Label #4 Class 2 #/699
2002 Oral Health America AADAC Cannons 1985-2002
2002 Upper Deck #133
2005 SP Legendary Cuts #LE-JB #/399
2005 Topps All-Time Fan Favorites #59 (1995 Design)
2007 SP Legendary Cuts Glory Days #GD-JB #/75
2012 Topps Blockbusters #BB-6
2012 Topps Archives #226 (1997 Design)
2013 Panini Hometown Heroes #246
2013 Upper Deck Goodwin Champions Autographs #A-JB

Will Clark:

1986 Donruss The Highlights #1
1986 Donruss The Rookies #32
1986 Donruss The Rookies #32 (autographed)
1986 Fleer Update #U-25
1986 Fleer Baseball's Best #6
1986 Sportflics #6
1986 Star Jose Canseco Blank Back (His Era Begins) (cameo)
1986 Topps Traded #24T
1986 Topps Traded #24T (autographed)
1987 Action Allstars #23
1987 Donruss #66
1987 Fleer Star Stickers #22
1987 Leaf #144
1987 Topps #420
1987 Toys R Us #7
1988 Baseball's Best Photos #4
1988 Baseball's Best Photos #22
1988 Baseball's Best Photos #25
1988 Burger King All-Pro 2nd Edition Series (w/ Roger Clemens)
1988 Donruss #204
1988 Donruss #21 Diamond King
1988 Donruss MVP #BC-24
1988 Fleer #78
1988 Fleer Baseball's Exciting Stars #9
1988 Jiffy Pop #5
1988 Topps #350
1988 Topps #261 Giants Leaders
1988 Topps UK Minis #14
1989 All American Promo Cards #3
1989 All American Promo Cards #5
1989 Baseball Cards Magazine #2
1989 Baseball's Hottest Stars #9
1989 Bowman #476
1989 Cap'n Crunch #19
1989 Classic #180
1989 Donruss #249
1989 Donruss MVP #BC-22
1989 Donruss All-Stars #33
1989 Fleer #325
1989 Fleer #631 N.L. All-Stars (w/ Rafael Palmeiro)
1989 Fleer #632 Homeruns Coast to Coast (w/ Darryl Strawberry)
1989 Golden Superstars #13
1989 Grand Slam (blue background, moustache)
1989 Oddball #1-3 of 18 (full-bleed at bat)
1989 Oddball (full-bleed photo catching)
1989 Pacific Cards & Comics #2
1989 Pacific Cards & Comics #3
1989 Pacific Cards & Comics #10
1989 Play Ball #8
1989 Premier Player '89 Set #1 #8
1989 Premier Player Gold Edition Series 5 /7000
1989 Premier Player Silver Edition Series 4 /7000 (throwing)
1989 Premier Player Silver Edition Series 4 /7000 (sitting)
1989 Score #450
1989 Star #10 (green)
1989 Supertar Sluggers #1
1989 Topps #660
1989 Topps All-Star Collector's Edition #11
1989 Topps Glossy All-Stars #13
1989 Upper Deck #678 Giants Checklist
1990 Action Superstars #3
1990 Action Superstars #5
1990 All-Sports Superstars Series II
1990 All-Sports Superstars Series III
1990 All-Sports Superstars Series IV
1990 Baseball Cards Magazine #BC4
1990 Baseball's Hottest Hitters (pink & brown star border)
1990 Bay Area Super Star
1990 Bay City Sluggers #4
1990 Bay City Sluggers #5
1990 Bowman Contest Card
1990 California Dreamin'
1990 Classic #6
1990 Donruss #230
1990 Donruss #707 All-Star
1990 Donruss Grand Slammers #6
1990 Fleer #54
1990 Fleer #630 Players of the Decade
1990 Fleer #637 Dynamic Duo (w/ Keith Mitchell)
1990 Grand Slam Baseball (dark blue border)
1990 Grand Slam Baseball (rainbow border)
1990 Grand Slam Baseball (red border)
1990 K-Mart #1
1990 Leaf #172
1990 MVP #1 (rainbow border)
1990 MVP #1 (All Star black w/ red star)
1990 MVP #1 (blue, holding bat)
1990 MVP #1 (blue nameplate on bottom, throwing)
1990 MVP #6 (full-bleed photo)
1990 Panini Stickers #363
1990 Post #7
1990 Premier Sports Stars Limited Edition (orange border)
1990 Score #300
1990 Score #684 Dream Team
1990 Score #699 Highlight
1990 Stadium News /10000
1990 Star Prospects Set Series I #3
1990 Superstars & Rookies Superset #2
1990 Topps #100
1990 Topps #397 All-Star
1990 Topps Stickercard #1
1990 Upper Deck #556
1990 Upper Deck #50 NL Top Vote Getter
1990 Wonder Bread Wonder Stars #19
1991 Ballstreet #9
1991 Bowman #616
1991 Donruss #86
1991 Donruss #441 All-Star
1991 Fleer #259
1991 Fleer Pro-Visions #2
1991 Leaf #238
1991 O-Pee-Chee Premier #22
1991 Playball USA #91-3
1991 Playball USA #91-24 (damaged)
1991 Playball USA #91-25
1991 Post Canadian #9
1991 Score #7
1991 Score #664 All-Star Team
1991 Score #871 The Franchise
1991 Score #886 Dream Team
1991 Score #886 Dream Team (autographed)
1991 Score Super Stars #4
1991 Stadium Club #5
1991 Studio #254
1991 Topps #500
1991 Topps Glossy All-Stars #13
1991 Ultra #318
1991 Ultra Gold Team #2
1991 Upper Deck #445
1991 Upper Deck Final Edition #92F
1991 U.S. Playing Cards (Wild Card)
1992 Bowman #673
1992 Cartwright's Players' Choice #4
1992 Dairy Queen Team USA #2 (autographed)
1992 Denny's Grand Slam #24
1992 Donruss #214
1992 Donruss #428 All-Star
1992 Donruss Diamond Kings #DK-2
1992 Donruss Cracker Jack Mini #14 (sealed)
1992 Fleer #631
1992 Fleer #699 Super Star Specials (w/ Bobby Bonilla)
1992 Fleer The Performer Collection #22
1992 Fun Stuff Baseball Enquirer #10
1992 Leaf #241
1992 Mootown Snackers #8
1992 Panini Stickers #212
1992 Pepsi Canadian #14
1992 Score #773 All Star Team
1992 Select #2
1992 Topps #386 All-Star
1992 Topps Kids #58
1992 Triple Play #155
1992 Upper Deck #175
1992 Upper Deck #718 Major League Diamond Skills
1992 Ultra #287
1993 Donruss #446
1993 Duracell #22
1993 Fleer #154
1993 Leaf #247
1993 Metz Baking Soda
1993 Milk Bone Super Stars #7 (w/ Psycho)
1993 Pinnacle #16
1993 Stadium Club #562
1993 Studio #48
1993 Topps #10
1993 Topps Black Gold Winner Group A
1993 Triple Play #107
1993 Triple Play Nicknames #4 (autographed)
1993 Upper Deck #576
1993 Upper Deck Stan Javier #249 (cameo)
1993 Upper Deck #315 Checklist
1993 Upper Deck #471 Team Stars (w/ Barry Bonds, Matt Williams)
1993 Upper Deck #476 Team Stars Giant Sticks (w/ Barry Bonds, Matt Williams)
1993 Upper Deck Reggie Jackson Clutch Performers #R6
1994 Collector's Choice #540
1994 Flair Hot Glove #2
1994 Fleer #28 Team Leaders
1994 Leaf #404
1994 Pinnacle #122
1994 Score #10
1994 Sportflix 2000 #1 Sample
1994 Stadium Club #203
1994 Stadium Club #666
1994 Ultra #429
1994 Upper Deck #350
1995 Bazooka #32
1995 Collector's Choice #400
1995 Collector's Choice SE #184
1995 Flair #86
1995 Leaf Cornerstones #5 (w/ Dean Palmer)
1995 Leaf Slideshow #6B
1995 Leaf Limited Bat Patrol #11
1995 Pinnacle #269
1995 Pinnacle #288 Swing Men
1995 Score Summit Edition #182
1995 SP #200
1995 SP #200 (autographed)
1995 SP Championship Series #194 Die-Cut
1995 Stadium Club #131 First Day Issue
1995 Topps DIII #21
1995 UC3 #132
1995 Ultra #108
1995 Upper Deck #390
1995 Upper Deck #390 Electric Diamond
1996 Donruss #20
1996 Finest #193 F25 Franchises
1996 Fleer #247
1996 Leaf #147
1996 Pinnacle #213
1996 Pinnacle #270 Hardball Heroes
1996 Pinnacle #302 .300 Series
1996 Pinnacle Pitcher Perfect #11 (w/ Randy Johnson)
1996 Score #371 Star Struck
1996 Select #97
1996 Sportflix #3
1996 Topps #299
1996 Topps Gallery #149
1996 Upper Deck V.J. Lovero Showcase #VJ6
1997 Bowman #36
1997 Collector's Choice #241
1997 Metal Universe #161
1997 Pinnacle Inside #24
1997 Score #6
1997 Score Pitcher Perfect #11(w/ Randy Johnson)
1997 Select #94 Registered Gold
1997 Topps #387
1997 Topps Gallery #17
1997 Topps Stars #66
1997 Upper Deck #505
1998 Bowman #253
1998 Bowman Chrome #253
1998 Donruss #134
1998 Pacific Revolution #141
1998 Stadium Club #138
1998 Topps #316
1998 Upper Deck #229
1999 Fleer Sports Illustrated #170
1999 Pacific Omega #32
1999 Skybox Thunder #30
1999 Ultra #198
2000 Topps #271
2000 Upper Deck #54
2001 Donruss 2000 Throwback Design #32
2001 Fleer Tradition #342
2001 Topps #400 Division Series Highlights
2001 Topps Rookie Reprints #18
2001 Topps Rookie Reprints #18 Gold #/2001
2001 Topps Chrome Rookie Reprints #18
2002 Topps Archives Reserve 1989 Reprint Refractor #24 (autographed)
2004 Donruss Leather & Lumber Naturals #N-10 #/2499
2004 Donruss Leather & Lumber Rivals #LLR-29 #/2499
2004 Donruss Studio #169
2004 Fleer Greats #113
2005 Donruss Champions #48
2005 SP Authentic #99
2005 Topps Pristine #102 The College Years #/1999 (autographed)
2005 Upper Deck Pastime Pennants #87
2005 Upper Deck MLB NL Artifacts Game-Used Jersey Relic #NL-WC #/100
2006 Fleer Greats of the Game #97
2006 Upper Deck Artifacts MLB Game-Used Apparel Jersey Relic Gold #MLB-WC #/150
2008 Donruss Threads College Greats #CG-9
2010 Panini Century Collection Game-Used Jersey Relic #19 #/100 (autographed)
2013 Leaf Certified USA Baseball Die-Cut #8 #/699 (autographed)
2013 Topps 1971 Mini Reprints #TM-38
2013 Topps Spring Fever #SF-34
2013 Topps Allen & Ginter #284
2013 Topps Archives 1965 Football Mini Tall Boys #MT-WC
2013 Topps Gypsy Queen #163
2013 Topps Gypsy Queen #163 White Frame
2013 Topps Rookie Card Patch #TRCP-2
2014 Topps Allen & Ginter #284
2014 Upper Deck Goodwin Champions #115
2014 Upper Deck Goodwin Champions #115 Mini
2015 Panini Contenders #99 Season Ticket
2015 Panini Contenders Collegiate Connections #1 (w/ Raphael Palmeiro)
Bay City Bombers #6 (yellow border)
Class of '88 #23 (full-bleed, rounded corners)
Final Series #7 (black border w/ yellow trim)
Living Legend #8 (blue border)
Living Legend (pink border)
Major League All-Stars #2 (red)
Major League All-Stars Series 2 #6 (pink)
Major League Superstars #14 (green)
Series 1 #19 (white border w/ red & blue lines)
Series 3 #3 (maroon border w/ yellow trim, superimposed over Candlestick)
USA Olympic Sponsor Card (Topps rookie reprint on front)
USA Olympic Team Member (red & blue border, white background, crouching)

Bryan Clutterbuck:

1982 Fritsch Cards #20 (Midwest League - Beloit Brewers)
1983 TCMA #15 (Texas League - El Paso Diablos)
1984 TCMA #5 (Texas League - El Paso Diablos)
1985 Cramer Sports Promotions #222 (Pacific Coast League - Vancouver Canadians)
1986 ProCards (Vancouver Canadians)
1987 Donruss #397
1987 Fleer #342
1987 Fleer #342 Autographed
1987 ProCards #234
1987 Topps #562
1987 Topps Tiffany #562
1989 Topps Traded #21T
1989 Topps Traded Tiffany #21T
1990 Topps #264
1990 Topps #264 (blank front)
1990 Topps O-Pee-Chee #264
1990 Topps Tiffany #264
1990 Upper Deck #239
1994 Miller Genuine Draft Milwaukee Brewers 25 Year Commemorative Card Series
2015 Baseball Card Breakdown Original Sketch Card 1/1

Sherard Clinkscales:

1993 Topps #706

Larry Doby:

1950 Bowman #39
1951 Bowman #151
1957 Topps #85
1973 Topps #377 Expos Managers
1982 Cracker Jack #1
1982 TCMA Baseball's Greatest Sluggers Green Border
1990 Swell Baseball Greats #24
1991 Topps Archives The Ultimate 1953 Set #333
1992 Action Packed #27
1993 Ted Williams #134 Barrier Breakers
1994 Upper Deck MLB 125th Anniversary #47
1997 Pinnacle Denny's #1
1997 Ultra All-Star Game
2001 Fleer Tradition Warning Track #18
2001 Topps Chrome #TC20 Barrier Breakers (w/ Jackie Robinson)
2001 Topps Archives Reprint #5 (1952 Reprint)
2002 Fleer Box Score #282 #/2950
2002 Topps Archives Reserve #21 (1952 Reprint)
2003 Flair Greats #33
2004 SP Legendary Cuts #70
2005 Upper Deck Classics #65
2012 Topps Gypsy Queen #241
2012 Topps Tribute #56
2012 Topps Tribute #56 Sepia #/299
2012 Topps Tribute #56 Blue #/199
2012 Topps Tribute #56 Green #/75
2012 Topps Tribute #56 Black #/60
2013 Topps Gypsy Queen #81 White Frame
2013 Topps Gypsy Queen #81 Blue Frame #/499
2013 Topps Gypsy Queen #81 Mini
2013 Topps Gypsy Queen #81 Mini Black #/199
2014 Topps Archives #122
2014 Topps Gypsy Queen #199
2015 Topps Gypsy Queen #142

Dock Ellis: IN PROGRESS

1972 Topps #180 In Action
1977 3-D Super Stars #4
1979 Topps #691
2003 Upper Deck Yankees Signature Series #25

Chuck Finley: IN PROGRESS

1989 Topps Big #76
1991 California Angels USDI Forest Fire Prevention Smokey the Bear Team Set (sealed)
1991 Panini Stickers #135
1991 Topps Micro #505
1991 Topps Micro #395 All-Star
2002 Upper Deck 40-Man Looming Large Jersey Relic #L-CF #/250
2013 Topps Archives Fan Favorites Autograph #FFA-CF

Marquis Grissom:

1988 ProCards #1910
1989 Baseball America Top AA Prospects #AA-14
1989 Score Rising Star #99
1990 MVP Big League Rookies
1990 Bowman #115
1990 Donruss #36 Rated Rookie
1990 Donruss Best of the NL #128
1990 Donruss The Rookies #45
1990 Fleer #347
1990 Leaf #107
1990 Score #591
1990 Score Rising Stars #99
1990 Score Young Superstar #6
1990 Sportflics #134
1990 Topps #714
1990 Topps Traded #48
1990 Upper Deck #9 Star Rookie
1990 Upper Deck #702 Rookie Threats (w/ Delino DeShields & Larry Walker)
1991 Bowman #435
1991 Classic #T38
1991 Donruss #307
1991 Fleer #234
1991 Leaf #22
1991 Score #234
1991 Score Rising Stars #38
1991 Stadium Club #8
1991 Studio #198
1991 Topps #283
1991 Topps Micro #283
1991 Topps Rookies #10
1991 Toys R Us Collector's Edition #9
1991 Ultra #204
1991 Upper Deck #477
1991 Bowman #14
1992 Denny's Grand Slam #1
1992 Donruss #137
1992 Fleer #482
1992 Leaf #273
1992 O-Pee-Chee Premier #176
1992 Pinnacle #129
1992 Pinnacle Team 2000 #11
1992 Score #66
1992 Stadium Club #120
1992 Studio #55
1992 Topps #647
1992 Topps Kids #8
1992 Ultra #518
1992 Upper Deck #455
1992 Upper Deck #455 Gold Hologram
1992 Upper Deck #719 Best Baserunner
1992 Upper Deck #719 Best Baserunner Gold Hologram
1993 Donruss #300
1993 Finest #40
1993 Finest #40 Refractor !
1993 Flair #83
1993 Fleer #706 League Leaders
1993 Humpty Dumpty Mini #37 (in cellophane)
1993 Leaf #129
1993 Pinnacle #346
1993 Pinnacle Team 2001 #17
1993 Select #99
1993 SP #12
1993 Stadium Club #529
1993 Stadium Club #598 Member's Choice
1993 Topps #15
1993 Toys R Us Young Stars #30
1993 Toys R Us Young Stars #30 Master Photo 5x7 Jumbo
1993 Triple Play #159
1993 Upper Deck #356
1993 Upper Deck #481 Team Stars (w/ D. DeShields, D. Martinez, L. Walker)
1993 Upper Deck Fun Pack #95
1993 U.S. Playing Card Company Ace of Hearts
1994 Church's Hometown Stars #24
1994 Collector's Choice #465
1994 Collector's Choice #465 Silver Signature
1994 Donruss #37
1994 Finest #229
1994 Finest #229 Refractor
1994 Fleer Team Leaders #22
1994 Leaf #174
1994 Score #352
1994 Topps #590
1994 Topps #590 Gold
1994 Triple Play #95
1994 Ultra #228
1994 Ultra Award Winners #16
1994 Upper Deck #390
1994 Upper Deck #39 Fantasy Team
1995 Collector's Choice Trade Card #TC3
1995 Collector's Choice SE #98
1995 Collector's Choice SE #98 Silver Signature
1995 Emotion #101
1995 Finest #237
1995 Leaf #335
1995 Leaf Great Gloves #7
1995 Pinnacle #34
1995 Pinnacle UC3 #49
1995 Score #246
1995 SP #29
1995 SP Championship Series #22
1995 Stadium Club #617 Trans Action World Series
1995 Stadium Club Super Skills #12
1995 Topps #297
1995 Topps #315
1995 Topps League Leaders #LL43
1995 Ultra #403
1995 Ultra #403 Gold Medallion
1995 Ultra Award Winner #16
1995 Upper Deck #81
1995 Upper Deck #81 Electric Diamond
1995 Upper Deck #290
1995 Upper Deck #290 Electric Diamond
1996 Circa #100
1996 Collector's Choice #41
1996 Donruss #19
1996 Finest #190 G14 Refractor
1996 Fleer #292 Tiffany
1996 Fleer #5 (???)
1996 Metal Universe #128
1996 Pinnacle #96
1996 Pinnacle Christie Brinkley Collection #8
1996 Select #113
1996 Studio #20
1996 Topps #297
1996 Topps Chrome #117 Refractor
1996 Ultra #155
1996 Upper Deck #8
1997 Bowman #230
1997 Circa #146
1997 Collector's Choice #31
1997 Donruss #64
1997 Finest #219 A7 Refractor
1997 Fleer #256
1997 Fleer #640
1997 Metal Universe #29
1997 Pinnacle #8
1997 Pinnacle #8 Museum Collection
1997 Score #246
1997 SP #57
1997 Topps #184
1997 Topps Gallery
1997 Upper Deck #11
1998 Donruss #43
1998 Fleer Vintage '63 #101
1998 Leaf Rookies & Stars #94
1998 Score #188
1998 SPx #295 Radiance #/4500
1998 Topps #70
1998 Ultra #345
1998 Upper Deck #692
1998 Upper Deck #748 Season Highlights Checklist
1998 Upper Deck Retro Time Capsule #TC43
1999 Fleer Tradition #97
1999 Pacific Prism #80 Pink #/320
1999 Skybox Molten Metal #65 Metal Smiths Xplosion
1999 Stadium Club #110
1999 Topps #383
1999 Upper Deck #128
1999 Upper Deck Black Diamond #46
1999 Upper Deck MVP #112
2000 Pacific Prism #79 Pink #/99
2000 Topps #246
2000 Ultra #136
2000 Upper Deck #416
2000 Upper Deck MVP #35
2000 Victory #65
2000 Victory #69 Stat Leaders (w/ Jeromy Burnitz)
2001 Fleer Futures #139
2001 Topps #38
2001 Topps Game-Used Bat Relic #TTR-MG
2001 Topps Heritage #135
2002 Topps #526
2002 Topps Chrome #208 Gold Refractor
2002 Topps Heritage #360
2002 Topps Total #58 LAD32
2002 Upper Deck #337
2003 Topps 205 #281
2002 Upper Deck #337
2003 Topps 205 Game-Used Bat Relic Mini #TR-MGR
2003 Topps Heritage #153
2003 Upper Deck #446
2004 Donruss #367
2004 Fleer Inscribed #62
2004 Fleer Platinum #150
2004 Fleer Skybox Limited Edition #55 Die-Cut
2004 Fleer Sweet Sigs #6
2004 Fleer Tradition #50
2004 Playoff Prestige #170
2004 Topps #601
2004 Topps Heritage #247
2004 Topps Total #281 #SFG3
2004 Upper Deck #440
2004 Upper Deck Vintage #13
2005 Fleer #91
2005 Topps #470
2005 Topps Total #383 #SFG16
2005 Ultra #129
2005 Upper Deck #400
2005 Zenith #109 Artist's Proof #/50
2015 Bowman Rookie Flashback #RRI-MG
2015 Topps Archives Fan Favorites Autograph #FFA-MG
2015 Topps Five Star Autographs #FSA-MGR
2016 Topps Museum Collection Archival Autographs #AA-MGR

Felix Hernandez (hits only):

2006 Topps Co-Signers #94 Duo-B #/115 (w/ Adrian Beltre)
2008 Upper Deck Goudey Memorabilia Game-Used Jersey Relic #M-FH
2009 Upper Deck Game Materials Game-Used Jersey Relic #GM-FH
2013 Topps Update Series Card Patches #TRCP-8
2014 Topps Mariners Commemorative Patch #CP-11
2014 Topps Museum Collection Momentous Material Game-Used Jersey Jumbo Relic #MMJR-FH
2014 Topps Triple Threads Game-Used Memorabilia Jersey Relic #UJR-FH2 #/18
2015 Topps Tier One Game-Used Jersey Relic #TSR-FH #/399
Munnatawket A&G Mini #83

Ron Kittle:

1983 Fleer #241
1983 Topps Traded #55T
1984 Donruss #244
1984 Drake's Big Hitters #17
1984 Topps #480
1984 Topps #480 Tiffany
1984 Topps #480 Nestle
1984 Topps Super Jumbo (Sealed in Super Pack)
1984 Topps O-Pee-Chee #373
1984 Topps Milton Bradley Championship Baseball
1984 Topps Milton Bradley Championship Baseball (autographed)
1984 Topps Stickers #382 (uncut strip w/ Moose Haas, Gary Carter, Tony Armas, Ron Guidry)
1985 Donruss #180
1985 Donruss Jumbo #13
1985 Donruss Leaf #210
1985 Fleer #518
1985 Fleer Limited Edition #16
1985 Topps #105
1985 Topps #105 Tiffany
1985 Topps O-Pee-Chee #105
1986 Donruss #526
1986 Donruss Leaf #257
1986 Fleer #210
1986 Fleer Mini #45
1986 Fleer Super Star Sticker #68
1986 O-Pee-Chee Tattoo Sheet #6 (w/ Pete Rose)
1986 Sportflics #86
1986 Topps #574
1986 Topps #574 Tiffany
1986 Topps O-Pee-Chee #288
1987 Donruss #351
1987 Fleer #103
1987 Topps #584
1987 Topps #584 Tiffany
1988 Donruss #422
1988 Fleer #213
1988 Score #449
1988 Score #449 High-Gloss Factory Set
1988 Topps #259
1988 Topps Traded #58T
1988 Topps Traded #58T Tiffany
1989 APBA Baseball Game Card #J-3
1989 Bowman #69
1989 Bowman #69 Tiffany
1989 Chicago's American Pastime #15
1989 Donruss #428
1989 Donruss Traded #T51
1989 Donruss Baseball's Best #249
1989 Fleer Update #U-20
1989 Score #96
1989 Topps #771
1989 Topps #771 Tiffany
1989 Topps Traded #62T
1989 Topps Traded Tiffany #62T
1989 Upper Deck #228
1989 Upper Deck #711
1990 Donruss #148
1990 Donruss #148 Speckle Border Variant
1990 Fleer #538
1990 Panini Stickers #51
1990 Score #529
1990 Topps #574
1990 Topps #574 Tiffany
1990 Topps Mini Super Star Jay Howell #32 (sticker back w/ Lenny Dykstra)
1990 Upper Deck #790
1991 Donruss #613
1991 Donruss #613 Striped Border Variant
1991 Fleer #480
1991 Topps #324
1991 Topps #324 Tiffany
1991 Topps Desert Shield #324
1992 Wiz Yankees of the 80's Card Series
1999 Schaumburg Flyers Minor League Set #42
2000 Schaumburg Flyers Minor League Set "Ma' Kittle"
2000 Schaumburg Flyers Minor League Set "Ron Travolta"
2004 Topps Certified Autograph Issue #CA-RKI
2005 Bazooka Fun Fact Game-Used Bat Relic #FF-RK
2009 Obak Autograph #A43 #/25
2012 Leaf Memories Buyback #405 Gold #/5
2012 Leaf Memories Buyback #405 Silver #/20
2013 Leaf Memories Buyback Autograph #405 #/42
Mini Stickers (w/ Eric King)

Javier (Javy) Lopez:

1992 Bowman #452
1992 Classic Best #117
1992 Classic Best #BC17 Blue Foil
1993 Donruss #782 Rated Rookie
1993 SP #281 Premier Prospects
1993 Stadium Club #630
1993 Stadium Club #630 First Day Issue
1993 Topps #811 Coming Attractions
1993 Topps Stadium Club Teams #27 (autographed w/ COA)
1993 Ultra #9
1993 Upper Deck #29 Star Rookie
1994 Collector's Choice 178
1994 Leaf Gold Leaf Rookie #1
1994 Pinnacle #239
1994 Studio Heritage Collection
1994 Topps #194 Future Star
1994 Triple Play #283 Rookie Revue
1994 Upper Deck #255
1995 Bazooka #123
1995 Collector's Choice #160
1995 Collector's Choice SE #63
1995 Emotion #105
1995 Flair #104
1995 Flair Today's Spotlight #6
1995 Pacific #10
1995 Pinnacle #229
1995 Pinnacle Zenith #44
1995 Topps #567
1995 Ultra #350
1995 Upper Deck #48 Electric Diamond Gold
1996 Collector's Choice #46
1996 Donruss #230
1996 E-XL #145
1996 Leaf #119
1996 Metal Universe #133
1996 Pacific Prisms #P-5
1996 Pinnacle #326
1996 Pinnacle Christie Brinkley Collection #7
1996 Score #154
1996 Stadium Club #103
1996 Topps #367
1996 Topps Gallery #125
1996 Upper Deck #6
1997 Circa #266
1997 Collector's Choice #33
1997 Collector's Choice #222 Post-Season Celebration
1997 Donruss #29
1997 Leaf #93
1997 Pinnacle Zenith #27
1997 Score #105
1997 Topps Gallery #100
1997 Topps Gallery #129 Error (Al Martin card w/ Javy's photo)
1997 Upper Deck #301
1997 Upper Deck Rock Solid Foundation #RS15
1998 Donruss Signature Series Autograph Red
1998 Fleer Tradition #227
1998 Leaf #57
1998 Leaf #57 Fractal Matrix
1998 Leaf Rookies & Stars #71
1998 Stadium Club #67
1998 Pacific Aurora Pennant Fever #22
1998 Pacific Paramount #132
1998 Pinnacle Museum Collection #PP19
1998 Pinnacle Performers #75
1998 Score Rookie/Traded #RT167
1998 Topps #183
1999 Pacific Revolution #14
1999 Skybox Molten Metal Metal Smiths #46
1999 Topps #72
1999 Topps Gallery #33
2000 Fleer Impact #160
2000 Skybox #138
2000 Upper Deck MVP #29
2001 MLB Showdown #41
2001 Pacific #40
2001 Stadium Club #45
2002 Victory #255
2002 Stadium Club #37
2002 Ultra #181
2003 Topps #345 NL Home Run Leaders (w/ Jim Thome, Rickie Sexson)
2003 Topps Heritage #305
2003 Upper Deck #387
2004 Donruss Studio #28
2004 Donruss Team Heroes #444
2004 Donruss World Series #WS-18
2004 Fleer Platinum #144
2004 Fleer Sweet Sigs #37
2004 MLB Showdown #29 (foil)
2004 Playoff Absolute Memorabilia #31
2004 Playoff Prestige #19
2004 Topps #725 Sporting News All-Stars
2004 Topps Traded Chrome #T20
2004 Upper Deck #146
2005 Donruss Diamond Kings #29
2005 Donruss Prime Patches Dual Braves & Orioles Jersey Relic #PP-15 #/56
2005 Donruss Throwback Threads #18
2005 Fleer #211
2006 Flair Showcase #72
2006 Topps #213
2006 Ultra #107 Gold Medallion
2006 Upper Deck Star Attractions Jersey Relic #SA-JL

Bill Murray:

1988 Salt Lake Trappers #29
1988 Salt Lake Trappers #2 (w/ Brian Doyle Murray)
1989 (?) Salt Lake Trappers
1996 Best Copper Kings #2
1997 Grandstand Charleston RiverDogs
2003 Grandstand Brockton Rox
2004 Grandstand Brockton Rox
2008 St. Paul Saints
2010 Razor Celebrity-Worn Wardrobe #SW-9
2012 Grandstand Charleston RiverDogs
2015 Charleston RiverDogs Pocket Schedule
2015 Rookies Cards, LLC (Cubs first pitch custom)

Aaron Nola:

2014 Bowman Draft Picks #DP14
2014 Bowman Chrome #CDP4
2014 Bowman Chrome Autographs #BCA-AN
2015 Bowman #BP134
2015 Bowman Chrome #BCP134
2015 Bowman Top 100 #BTP-37
2015 Panini Contenders #19
2015 Panini Contenders Season Ticket #4
2016 Donruss #37 Rated Rookie
2016 Topps #133
2016 Topps Gypsy Queen #95
2016 Topps Heritage #181 NL Rookie Stars (w/ Michael Conforto)

Austin Nola:

Coming Soon

Rusty Staub:

1964 Topps #109
1967 Topps #73
1968 Topps #300
1968 Topps Game #28
1969 Globe Imports Mini Playing Card King of Hearts
1969 Topps #230
1969 Topps Deckled Edge #22
1970 Topps Booklets #18
1971 Topps #560
1974 Topps #475 World Series HIghlights
1976 Topps Canadian #120
1976 Topps Traded #120T
1977 Topps #420 All-Star
1978 Topps #370
1979 Topps #440
1979 Topps Chewing Gum Comics #7
1979 Topps O-Pee-Chee #440
1980 Topps #660
1981 Topps #80
1981 Topps Coca-Cola #7
1982 Fleer #536
1982 Topps #270
1983 Fleer #555
1983 Topps #51 Super Veteran
1983 Topps O-Pee-Chee #1
1983 Topps O-Pee-Chee #51 Super Veteran
1984 Topps #430
1984 Topps #430 Tiffany
1984 Topps #704 NL Active Career RBI Leaders (w/ Tony Perez & Al Oliver)
1984 Topps #702 NL Active Career Hit Leaders (w/ Tony Perez & Pete Rose)
1985 Topps #190
1986 Fleer #95
1986 Mother's Cookies #6
1986 Sportflics #138 (w/ Pete Rose, Tony Perez)
1990 Pacific Baseball Legends #52
1994 Ted Williams Collection #52
2012 Panini Golden Age #90
2012 Panini Golden Age Museum Age Bat Relic #11
2012 Panini Leaf Limited Greats Autograph #30 #/300

Dan Wilson:

1990 Best Cards #232
1990 Classic Premier Edition #7
1991 Classic Best #353
1991 Score #681 1st Round Draft Pick
1991 Stadium Club #587
1991 Topps #767 #1 Draft Pick
1991 Topps #767 #1 Draft Pick Tiffany
1991 Topps O-Pee-Chee #767 #1 Draft Pick
1991 Upper Deck Final Edition #6F Minor League Diamond Skills
1992 Donruss #399 Rated Rookie
1992 Leaf Gold Leaf Rookies #BC-18
1992 Triple Play #241
1992 Upper Deck #72 Top Prospect
1993 O-Pee-Chee Premier #35
1993 Pinnacle #255
1993 Stadium Club #662
1993 Stadium Club #662 First Day Issue
1993 Stadium Club #662 Members Only
1993 Topps #813 Coming Attraction
1993 Topps Micro #813 Coming Attraction
1993 Ultra #337 Rookie
1993 Upper Deck #6 Star Rookie
1994 Donruss #388
1994 Upper Deck #240
1995 Collector's Choice #291 Gold Signature
1995 Leaf #228
1995 Pinnacle #407
1995 Score #146 Platinum Team Set
1995 Select #187 Artist's Proof
1995 Stadium Club #152
1995 Stadium Club #152 First Day Issue
1995 Stadium Club #152 World Series
1995 Stadium Club Virtual Reality #79
1995 Topps #263
1995 Topps Cyberstats #143
1995 Upper Deck #240
1996 Circa #83
1996 Collector's Choice #319
1996 Fleer #245
1996 Fleer #245 Tiffany
1996 Mother's Cookies Team Set #15
1996 Pacific #405
1996 Pinnacle #332
1996 Score #177
1996 Select Randy Johnson #63 (cameo)
1997 Collector's Choice #228
1997 Donruss #327 Press Proof Gold /500
1997 Flair Showcase Row 0 Seat 152
1997 Leaf #46
1997 Metal Universe #151
1997 Pinnacle #77 Museum Collection
1997 Score #185
1997 Score #185 Artist's Proof
1997 Stadium Club #123
1997 Upper Deck #503
1998 Collector's Choice #238
1998 Donruss #185 Gold Press Proof /500
1998 Donruss Signature Series Autograph Red
1998 Fleer Tradition #187
1998 Pacific Omega #227
1998 Score #2
1998 Stadium Club #131
1998 Topps # 38
1998 Topps Chrome #38
1999 Pacific Aurora #181
1999 Stadium Club #295
1999 Upper Deck #208
2000 Fleer Tradition #430 Glossy
2000 Pacific #403 Red
2000 Pacific Aurora #136
2001 Topps #22
2002 Topps #112
2002 Topps Opening Day #59
2004 Topps #558
2004 Upper Deck #71
2005 Fleer #74
2005 Topps #16

Friday, November 14, 2014

Design Timeline: Topps Gallery

This post is part of an ongoing feature The Great Griffey Base Card Project.

Gallery is a Topps brand that’s easy for me to get excited about. High-end, quality-crafted cards all thick, glossy, and textured whose design is artistically-inclined and aesthetically beautiful every single year? Yeah, I want that.

The brand uses the tagline “The Art of Collecting,” and the art is there in spades. From photography to paintings in varying style, Gallery delivered attractive, adult-oriented cards with an authentic artistic bent not seen in any other timeline of this scale. Sure, the inserts and subsets were both excellent throughout the brand’s run, but when you can get excited about the base cards you know you have something special.

Here is every Topps Gallery base design from the brand’s 9-year run in order. Have I mentioned that they’re all Griffeys?

1996:


One of the best designs in the timeline is this first one. The partial frame decked out in gold filigree, the stately gold nameplate, the tasteful logo built specifically to be corner-mounted, the simulated canvas texture in the background – this thing is a knockout. We also get a nice candid portrait of the Kid leaning against a thing. Whatever that thing is, I bet it’s classy.

1997:


The direction changed a little in ’97. They ramped up the “frame” which is now massive, embossed, and wrapped around the whole card. The cards are thicker and glossier than last year, and they changed up the nameplate so it looks like one you might see adorning an art exhibit. It’s obvious what they were going for here – the whole framed-museum-art theme comes up a lot in this timeline - but it could have been done more gracefully than this.

I have a practical issue with this Griffey as well: why on Earth did they put the card numeration on the nameplate? Is that not an obvious place for the player position? This element gives weight to the larger set, but it’s also a huge pain and I hate it. Oh, and of all the different frame designs that appear in this base set, Griffey got the ugliest one.

All that said, I still like this set as a whole, but a few tweaks would have made it a showstopper.

Fun fact: the back blurb is titled “Frame This.” Get it? Because there’s frames?

1998:


The simulated frame here is beautiful, but the spotty background is bizarre. I’m not sure what the desired effect is, but if it was to make the photo look like a painting it makes no sense not to apply it to the player in the foreground. I would also have flip-flopped the player name and the “Exhibitions” title because common sense. The subject of the painting would be on the frame, right? Again, I do like the set but a few tweaks would have put it over the top.

1999:


Yes. This here is what Gallery should be. “Hey, look how awesome this photograph is, you guys. Let’s frame it in a way that would be appropriate for a baseball card.” BAM.

The nameplate is classy and beautiful, the logo looks amazing in the corner, and the split fade keeps the framing interesting while not detracting from the elegant simplicity of the card. You really nailed this one, Topps. Seriously – well done.

There is some excellent photography in this set, too, and Griffey got one of the absolute best photos of all. If ’94 Upper Deck is his Superman card, this is his Neo card. Shoot, I’m close to pulling the trigger on building this whole set.

Fun Fact: the new emphasis on photography here is echoed by the title of the back blurb: “Snapshots.”

2000:


This card’s got a lot of balls (rimshot). Actually, this card is just as classy and awesome design-wise as the ’99 set. We get another excellent nameplate up top, and the textured canvas border with the team-colored corner accents make for another solid layout. Plus Junior’s card got a fun candid shot of him goofing around in his new Red uni. Gotta love it.

2001:


This is where Gallery really started to hit its artistic stride. Every remaining set features paintings in lieu of photographs. The paintings in some of the coming sets seem digitally-simulated, but this one is definitely the real deal. Highlights here include the unfinished paint-deckled border around the image and an excellent gold-foil nameplate. This image of the Kid in his trademark backwards cap rounds out yet another amazing Topps Gallery Griffey card.

2002:


Junior rounds third cool as a cucumber in this painting, most likely a depiction of a homerun trot. The detail in the pin striping and glare off the helmet are great touches to what is obviously another honest-to-goodness original work of art. They really expounded on the unfinished painted border, which I like, but there’s an awful lot of negative space in and around the nameplate which features a rarely-seen-on-cardboard “handwritten” style font. A beautiful set to be sure, but I can’t help feeling this one seems a little unfinished.

2003:


Believe it or not this image is taken from an original painting done in that new-fangled “hyper-realism” style. I can’t imagine Topps commissioning 150+ hyper-realistic paintings for a set of baseball cards, but apparently they did, and the result is gorgeous and dynamic. The light and shade explode off of the image of Junior at the plate, and against that black background this is the best the Gallery logo ever looked on a Griffey card.

I’ve been known to take issue with cards that have two nameplates, but these are different enough that I’m giving them a pass. The simple foil letters at the top are strictly for reference compared with the wildly-stylized lettering along the left edge. The straight, parallel borders along the top and bottom mixed with the full-bleed left border and unfinished right one make it appear as though the artist was trying to capture Junior in paint as he ran right off the side of the card. The whole layout seems in motion. This one is definitely a favorite.

There is no 2004 set, and I wasn’t able to find a reason for its absence. I have to wonder if there was a deal struck with an artist that fell through in the final stages. Lucky for us there would be one more set of Topps Gallery:

2005:


This one is true impressionist art - that means “messy” to the rest of us.  I'm a big fan of the full-bleed layout with the shaded, off-center border to accommodate the side-mounted vertical nameplate.  A simple design that lends focus to the painting.  This was an excellent end to one of the best Topps timelines.

And that's it for Gallery - it just disappeared.  I'd love a glimpse into the inner-workings of how Topps chooses which sets make it to the market, and why this one got the ol' heave-ho when it's so damn pretty.  Oh well.

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The possibilities seem endless for a set like this. The idea of what constitutes art is so open to interpretation, and I am amazed Topps hasn’t brought this set back from the dead. Street art, collage, digital rendering and CAD – why hasn’t there been a Topps Gallery set every year? Gallery seems like a no-brainer.  No worries about a bunch of autos and relics - just baddass cards.

I called the return of Stadium Club when I did that timeline.  Let’s go for two. Come on, Topps! How 'bout some 2015 Gallery?  A check for the idea might also be nice.

Here's every design from the Topps Gallery timeline:

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Baseball Cards and Also Some Naked Girls!!!1!

Now that I have your attention, if I owe you cards or have offered to send you anything via the blogs or e-mail and haven't produced, please let me know.  I've been cleaning out my old e-mails and finding SO MANY trades I've done with you guys, and I don't always remember sending something in return.  There are some thank-you e-mails for packages I don't remember sending which lead me to believe I probably keep up with things better than I thought.  This post is just in case a trade got lost in the mix.

A Junkie always pays his debts.

Now, for those of you just in this post for the title:



See?  Everybody's happy.