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2010 Topps Chicle Is Live!

April 28, 2010

I don’t know if I was actually the first one to put some of this product on the bay, but I was one of the very first. Still in the process of getting through the cases. I will be chiming in with perspectives over the next couple of days.
So far, as I expected, I really like this product! On card autographs just rule! They look better, and you know the player actually held the card and signed it. The only downside so far about the autographs is that alot of the auto checklist is the same rookie roster that we’ve seen in Series 1, Heritage and Finest. There are some pleasant surprises however. I was glad to see Pablo Sandoval on the auto checklist. I know Ryan Howard is on the checklist as well as Carl Yasztremski, Colby Rasmus, Dustin Pedroia, Evan Longoria, Gordon Beckham, Stan Musial, Tommy Hanson, and a few other notables. Another plus on the autographs is that they all have parrallels. There are the “National Chicle” backs #d /199, the “Bazooka” backs #d /99 and the “topps” backs #d /99.
I know people have complained about game used relics…however this time Topps stepped it up a bit. Same theory as with the autos, there are different levels of parrallels, but this time Topps also went out and got some quality vintage player relics. Whitey Ford, Thurman Munson, Nolan Ryan, Ozzie Smith, Pee Wee Reese, Phil Rizutto and Eddie Murray just to name a few.
Another thing I like about this set is that the box toppers aren’t that bad. If you are one of those out there that like to resell your top loaders un-opened, be warned. There are artist proof box loaders included. I pulled two of them in my first case…something to think about if you are looking to throw them aside!
As I mentioned, artist proofs are included in this set not only in the box loader inserts but also for every card. Every base card has 10 copies of the original artists proof inserted. Another big pull if are lucky enough to get one!
Below are some scans of the first 6 boxes I cracked…many more still to come!
Play Ball America!

Box Toppers , notice the Tris Speaker below is an artist proof with the artist’s signature on the card!
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Autographs, including three artist proofs (Mike Schmidt, Joe Saunders and Bob Gibson cards)
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Game Used Jersey Cards and two printing plates – Justin Verlander and Neftali Feliz Autographed :
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4 Cases Reviewed – 2010 Topps Finest!

March 29, 2010

The very reasons why I like Topps Finest every year are the very reasons why I like it yet again this year:
A) great way to pick up tons of potential rookie autos via the letter patches
B) pulling multi-color refractors is always fun!
C) Base set is not that big so sorting is not that much of a headache!

With that being said, I went for 4 cases this year. Many people say I am nuts because I won’t turn a profit but I will re-iterate my 3 reasons above and rave yet again – this product is fun! .

Topps continues to baffle me with their allocation. I picked up 2 cases each from 2 different distributors and check out the following occurences:
-plenty of base refractors of course #d /499, however could not complete one set! Of course instead I got duplicates of several cards, just amazes me that I couldn’t complete the set in 4 cases….and I wasn’t even close to be honest
-gold refractors are #d to 50. Pulled 2 Ryan Howard gold refractors..no complaints as that’s a good pull! but wait it gets better. Red refractors are #d to 25. I pulled to John Lannan Red Refractors? What are the odds of that???!?
I will say that I am a big fan of the purple refractors. Something about metallic purple that looks nice! This year purple refractors are all 1/1s. I was lucky enough to pull a purple refractor of Manny Ramirez! Not sure what the odds are on pulling these but I will say that it was a sweet pull indeed!
My next big pull was a Madison Bumgarner red refractor auto #d /5. I was thinking that this might be a big pull but when you think about it, there are 9 letters in Bumgarner. When each of those are #d to 5 this might just be ehhh….who knows, still a nice pull!
The other quirk was pulling about 8 Tyler Colvin patches. With my luck he will get officially named to the roster the day after my auctions end on those patches…lol. The Cubs keep hinting that he might make the roster….hurry up, make the move. Other notables of course are a couple of Posey autos, a Jeter gold refractor, Prince Fielder! Dustin Pedroia, and Jeff Francour Finest Moment autos, the Francouer of which was a red refactor and #d / 25! All pictures of the hits are below and of course most items can be found in our ebay store here.
Play Ball Amrerica!
Cesar

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