Posts Tagged ‘topps’

NEW IN OUR STORE – 5/24/10

May 24, 2010

Check out the new listings in our ebay store. Just click on the name of the card to be directed to the listing on ebay!
All of the below and MANY MORE can be found in our eBAY Store

2010 Topps Series 2 Million Card Giveaway Lot of 50 In Hand on Wednesday
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2010 Topps Series 2 Master Set of 613 Cards!
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2010 Topps Chicle Albert Pujols White Jersey #d /199!
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2010 Topps Heritage Base Set
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Lot of 18 2010 National Chicle Box Toppers Including Mantle, Ruth, Gehrig

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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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New Product Info – 2010 Topps T206

April 22, 2010

Recently Topps announced that their T206 product will be having another go round with a release date of 8/30/10. I personally passed at the product last year but once I saw alot of the singles on ebay I wished I didn’t pass. This year’s product has some nice stuff in it and they are including some original T206 buybacks. Check out some of the sample card pics that they released below. This product looks good yet again!

Some comments on the product release here:
“The showcase for multi-branded mini cards will include 1/1 Red Chrome Carolina Brights cards, while there will be stamp cards, Gold Chrome Piedmont cards (limited to 50) and 1/1 T206 Cut Signature mini-book Relics to be found as well.
The base set will consist of 300 cards with veterans, legends and rookies in the mix — 50 of those cards being short-prints. The Mini parallels will include the Carolina Brights, Cycle, American Caramel, Piedmont, Old Mill and Polar Bear as well as 50 cards that will be found as silks.
Among its insert offerings are a 20-card Historical Events set that includes such firsts and notables as subway cars with side doors, the Army’s first military plane, the first Lincoln penny minted, the first U.S. junior high school, the first radio contest, and the “world’s first female cop.” For those more interested in baseball cards in their baseball sets, there’s an 80-card stamp set (well, they’re close to baseball cards) as well as Bronze parallels and the MLB Logoman Continuity program that will continue here. (Get it… continuity?)
The autograph lineups will include American Caramel (a new addition), which will be 35 cards, as well as T206 Cut Signatures (1/1s) along with the previously mentioned cards. ”

Play Ball America!
Cesar
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Topps Finest Rookie Redemption 2 Is…

April 21, 2010

Last night Topps announced rookie redemption #2 in their Topps Finest rookie redemption program. For those of you holding number 2…the rookie is none other than my favorite Ike Davis of the NY Mets! I might have to go out an scoop up a couple of these now!
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Here is the rookie redemption list so far:
1 – Jason Heyward (some autographed)
2- Ike Davis (base card)
3 thru 10 – To Be Determined!

State Of The Hobby Roundtable

April 20, 2010

Topps recently asked for input from various hobby enthusiats and bloggers. We were lucky enough to be one of the 15 bloggers ot participate in Topps first “State of The Hobby” roundtable.
Essentially this was an opportunity for Topps to throw out a series of questions and hear what we had to say about those questions and topics.
The questions that they asked us and our complete answers are below. You can find the complete roundtable discussion here on Topps Blog where you will also be able to find the answers of the other bloggers that participated.
Warning..answers are long so be prepared for some long reads!
Play Ball America!
Cesar

1. How long have you been collecting? What are your favorite players, teams, sets, etc. to collect? Which card in your collection means the most to you and why?
I’ve been collecting since 2004. I collect any and all Mets cards but I have centered my main attention around David Wright and Jose Reyes. I also like to collect one set each every year of all 3 topps flagship products as well as one each of Finest, Topps Chrome and Allen Ginter. Currently the one card that I would not sell is the BGS 9.5 2007 Topps Derek Jeter error card with Bush/Mantle. That was the card that really fueled my love for the hobby and since then I have gone from a casual collector to a more serious collector.

2. In the time that you have been collecting, what is your favorite story, memory, experience, etc?
Every case rip that I go through has its own memory or experience. There are so many pulls and stories I’ve shared with other hobby enthusiasts. One memory stands out the most for me and it didn’t have to do with a high end pull or anything in my personal collection. My memory was when the late Corey Lidle’s wife purchased all of his singles from my store. She said she wanted keep sakes for her kids. That struck me and I obtained more singles for her. To me, it just showed how life can even be remembered and preserved through baseball cards!

3. What are the effects on the hobby of major card companies moving toward exclusivity deals with sports leagues? Given that this could be the direction that the industry is headed, what should card companies do to continue to provide a quality product to collectors?
I will focus on baseball since that really is my only interest. Since Topps now is realistically the only company liscenced to print baseball cards many hobbyists think that Topps will try to monopolize the hobby and put out products that won’t really interest or dazzle collectors. Its a tough position to be in I must admit because since there is no competition, Topps must be very careful of not doing just this. If collectors start to get this impression they will more than likely simply stop collectors cards and the hobby may very well fall into a serious decline. Now more than ever Topps will need to step it up in terms of innovations and fresh new ideas. A couple of unadvertised surprises could only help the situation as well. Now more than ever Topps truly holds the fate of the hobby in their hands!

4. Pick a timeframe- 5, 10, or 20 years. In that timeframe, what has been the single best and worst development in the hobby?
In the last 5 years the inclusion of cut autos has been the best thing that I have seen. Autographs are cool but cut autos just make a collector feel all the more special about pulling one. Typically they are from a historic document so the fact that not only do you have an autograph but some piece of nostalgia makes it all the more enticing. Also in the last 5 years, two things stand out, the over saturation of game used jersey swatches in cards and the devaluation of bowman prospect cards. Topps should really step back and see how many jerseys they should be inserting and how they select prospects into a product. True a class may be weak but maybe instead of cluttering a product with no names, just limit the checklist and production for that year? No one want to pay good money to open up a box of older prospects who will never break in.

5. What are your thoughts on prospecting? Do you do it personally? Why? Has the clamoring to find the next big rookie affected the quality of products, either positively or negatively?
I personally do not prospect as I tend to be an impatient person on waiting for prospects to blossom. But I don’t think prospecting effects the quality of a product. I go back to my point on an earlier question that its the quality of the checklist that will make or break a prospecting product such as Bowman Chrome or Bowman Draft. If you worry about future value of cards and you purchase boxes and cases you should do so knowing whether or not your paying a fair price for the boxes based on the checklist that the product has. To me at the end of the day prospecting is like playing the stock market. I remember Alex Gordon’s Bowman Chrome Auto in 2006…its was red hot! People were paying well over $100 for his autographed chroem card. Alex has yet to make an impact after being called up in 2007. Today you can pick up his card for about $50. I sold about 5 Jason Heyward 2007 Bowman Draft cards back in 2008 and probably got about $3 for each of them. Today…i could’ve sold them for $20 and maybe even more. Prospecting is a gamble and at the end I think that the hobby needs both sides…the flipper and the collector to keep prospecting alive. Once one of those start to disappear then prospecting will die all together.

6. We are collecting tangible products in an increasingly intangible world. As our lives move more and more online, what will the effects on the industry be? Will the next generation of kids be as excited about collecting cards as we are? How should the major card companies respond?
No matter how much we utilize the interent I personally will never be able to replace the feeling of ripping open wax with anything on the web. When you redeem codes on ToppsTown.com, its pretty boring for me. You can’t flip through the cards, see the stats, etc. Ripping wax I feel will be kept very much alive by the folks who are into the hobby. As far as the next generation, I don’t know that kids will be as into it as yesterday’s kids were. I think topps should already recognize that a majority of its sales are from adult collectors. Somewhere along the line topps should really get a true feel of how much of its sales is from kids and from adults. Doing so may help shift its marketing focus and help produce more meaningful products.

7. How has new media changed the way you collect? How should the major card companies utilize new media to connect with their consumer base? How can new media change and/or revitalize the hobby?
Twitter and Facebook have helped in big ways. The fact that I am talking to someone from Topps is truly amazing and should be applauded by those in the hobby! Twitter, Facebook and blogs have helped me interact more with my customers and thus generate more interest and sales in cards that I offer. But just as Twitter and Facebook were new, tomorrow there will be a new media outlet. Its important for Topps to stay cutting edge.

8. How has the recent rise in counterfeits and scams affected the way you collect? What advice would you give the major card companies to help combat this? Hasn’t really…you make note of the counterfeits and avoid them. Pretty much a non issure for me.

9. The poor economy has affected all of us in recent years. In what ways would you like to see card companies respond to provide interesting, affordable products for collectors?
In my opinion Topps would be better off if they stopped producing high end products for now (ie Triple Threads, Sterling, etc.). This would solve two issues. A) The main draws of these products are HOFers relics which as a result of multiple releases are starting to lose their high value since they aren’t as rare anymore. You can find Gehrig and Ruth relics in so many products! By elimintating higher end products for a couple of years, their value and appeal might increase in a few years. B)the second way this would help is by not excluding a large population of the hobby. Lets face it, very few peopl can afford to put down $200 plus on a box of cards. I’ve spoken to many people that say they feel alienated when Topps puts out one of these products…even worse now in this economy!

10. We’ve done autographs. We’ve done just about every kind of relic/game used product you can think of. What’s next? Where do we go from here?
I think the recent Hat Logos were great ideas…but those that were in 2010 Topps Series 1 weren’t actual game worn hats. Game worn hats logos would help and be a big hit. Inserting more vintage cards as hits would help as well in my opinion! Maybe even an autograph redemption program where you can meet a certain player at a stadium via a Topps table would attract interest. I’ve always thought inserting manager’s scorecards in product would be cool. Also, Topps has done booklets of cards, It would be interesting to see Topps do a booklet with a mini mp3 player built inside the card that plays the players walk up music when you open up the booklet. Similar to the way some greeting cards do today. Imagine opening up a Derek Jeter booklet card and hearing Jay-Zs Empire State of Mind! Awesome!!

11. If you could say one thing-anything- to Topps and know that the CEO will read it, what would you say?

Don’t forget what you’re known for- baseball cards. Don’t forget who has always loved baseball cards – kids. Be careful not to lose that market!

Topps Signs Stephen Strasburg

December 22, 2009

There’s been lots of hype surrounding Stephen Strasburg and to date the only major card available of him is of him in a team USA uniform found in 2008
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Well all that’s about to change! Today topps announced that it reached an exclusive deal with Strasburg to be the only company to issue Strasburg autos and memorabilia cards.

Some tidbits from the release:

“Topps has signed an exclusive memorabilia deal with No. 1 overall draft pick Stephen Strasburg. The multi-year deal grants the longest-running manufacturer of baseball cards and the lone fully licensed maker of cards for Major League Baseball exclusive rights for autographs, game-used memorabilia cards as well as Strasburg’s image use on packaging and advertising.”

Can we say there will be a rush for 2010 Bowman Chrome now? Better be because 2009 Chrome prospects were a bit disappointing!
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Some info on Strasburg, taken from Wikipedia:
In 2008, as a sophomore at San Diego State University, Strasburg went 8–3, with a 1.57 earned run average and 133 strikeouts in 97⅓ innings for the San Diego State Aztecs. Four of his thirteen starts in 2008 were complete games, two of which were shutouts. On April 11, he struck out 23 batters in a game versus the University of Utah. Strasburg finished the 2009 season 13–1 with a 1.32 ERA, 59 hits allowed, 16 earned runs, 19 walks and 195 strikeouts in 109 innings pitched.[9] In his final home start on May 8, 2009, Strasburg threw his first career no-hitter and struck out 17 Air Force batters

Busy Day In Baseball!

December 14, 2009

Here are some tidbits from Topps:
-Yankees star Don Mattingly just signed autographs for upcoming Topps Sterling release! Topps Sterling is expected to release on January 20, 2010! You can view product information here!
-Topps announced today that Ryan Braun, Justin Upton, Shane Victorino and Derek Holland fulfilled their Triple Threads redemptions. They should be shipping out shortly!
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And…there may be snow, or simply frigid temps outside, but that is definitely not keeping baseball out of the news. Here are a bunch of updates from MLB on the moves happening over the last day:
-Phillies are reportedly ready to trade Cliff Lee to the blue Jays for Roy Halladay in a multi team deal. The underlying rationale behind this move is because the Phillies feel it is easier to resign Halladay to a long term deal instead of signing Lee to a long term deal. WOW!!

-Red Sox are reported to be giving John Lackey a physical as it looks like they will give Lackey a similar deal to that of AJ Burnett. Specific details of what those terms are have not been released yet!

-Phillies and Angels are said to be the front runners right now in the Matt Holliday chase!

-Someone has to check the out if the Cardinals have a drinking problem! For the fourth time in three years a member of the team has been arrest for DWI. This time around its third basemen David Freese!

-Brewers formally announce the signing of LHP Randy Wolf and INF Craig Counsell

-Blue Jays signed outfielder Jose Bautista to a one year deal worth $2.4 million. They also agreed to terms with catcher John Buck giving him a one year deal worth $2 million.

-Medical issues seem to be holding up the Red Sox/Rangers trade that woud send Mike Lowell trade to Texas for catcher Max Ramirez.

-Mets cut their ties with Tim Redding, Jeremy Reed, Cory Sullivan and Lance Broadway.

-Scott Olsen signs a one year deal with the Washington Nationals for $1 million, the deal also include incentives that could earn him up to $4 million if he makes 33 starts!

-Braves signed Matt Diaz to a one year contract worth $2.55 million.

-The Yankees have cut ties with Chie-Ming Wang

-Nick Swisher is playing himself in an upcoming episode of How I Met Your Mother set to air in February!

-There are still about 250 available free agents available out there!

2009 Triple Threads – 6 Box Break!

December 11, 2009

Well there is always excitement when you rip a high end product. I don’t care if its once pack, one box or tons of cases. High end products rock! You can feel your hands shake a bit as you start to crack open those boxes! Tonight I took the plunge with some boxes of 2009 Triple threads. The jitters of course where there when opening it! LOL
The breaks were ok..nothing spectacular but it was fun! One thing that saved me was that Bing.com discount that I was able to take advantage of. The 20% off saved me $200 which helps, because I might be in the red without that!
I will say that the designs on this year’s cards are awesome. Of the pulls that I had, the Paul Molitor and rickey Henderson relics are really nice. The colors jump out at you and for the Molitor it was nice to see different relics. I like the Orioles, triple relic auto as well. Someone made mention to me that it would have been nice to see a Ripken auto on there. That would’ve been great! Still liked the Bo Jackson and of course the Jose Reyes!
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Play Ball America!

Here Come The 2010 Releases – Yes Already!

December 10, 2009

No sooner than we get word that another 2009 product is pushed back, do we get product information on the early 2010 products..yes I said 2010! There is a part of me that can think for just a minute, maybe 2010 will be a fresh year for Topps? They do have exclusive rights now to major league baseball. Maybe this will inspire them to do something different with their sets this year. The designs below do look a bit better. I will let you all be the judge!
2010 Topps Series 1 – Expected Release Date 1/28/2010
The Essentials:
-One auto or relic per hobby box / 1 auto and 2 relics per jumbo box
-One Million Card giveaway – every card printed dating back to 1952 will have one copy given away.
– Cut Autos are a new feature to series one and Hat Logos will now be part of the relic inserts. Finally, something different in relics!
And Now the baseball card porn…

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2010 Topps Opening Day – Expected Release Date 2/18/2010
The Essentials:
– There is never too much in opening day. 220 card base set
– Weak Auto checklist – top player on the list is currently Ricky Romero?
– Mascot cards are always cool.
Opening Day Porn…
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2010 Topps Heritage – Expected Release Date 2/25/2010
The Essentials:
– A whopping 500 card base set modeled after the 1961 Topps Brand. Sure to be about 100+ short prints.
– The best thing about Heritage is on card autos…yup, they’re back!
– Mantle and Maris cut signatures are scattered in this product..hello!!!
– The Real One Auto Checklist is shaping up to be pretty nice too this year!
The Heritage gets the card porn too…
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Like I said before I personally like the 2010 designs so far. As always, you will be able to find our case break highlights here on our blog!
Play Ball America!
CT

Conquering The 2009 Heritage Pyramid – Day 2!

March 4, 2009

There is nothing like coming home and knowing that you have boxes to go through. Day one was nice…left the office early due to the snow and managed to get 11 boxes ripped. Not bad at all! If it wasn’t for all the shoveling I did during the day I probably would have done more!
Day 2…not too bad either. Didn’t get home early…but still managed to get through 10 boxes. Some nice hits in these boxes as well! Highights included a RED AUTO finally! Although I have no idea who the fella is! Then there wa the David Price Chrome Refractor….NIIIICEEE!!

Also managed to pull 2 seat relics one from Luis Aparicios game and another from Bill Mazeroski!
Again….I feel like the chrome inserts are really the jewel of this set…they are simply gorgeous! Most of these are up in our ebay store…check the link on the right or right here ! Enjoy the scans!


SOME CHROME INSERTS THAT I JUST LOVE!

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DAVID PRICE CHROME ROOKIE REFRACTOR!!
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FINALLY A RED INK AUTO – #D OUT OF 60!!


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SEAT RELICS FROM LEGENDARY STADIUMS!

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SOME CHROME REFRACTORS!


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SOME OF THOSE PESKY ORIGINAL BUYBACKS!


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AND OF COURSE…..SOME GOOD OL GAME USED CLUBHOUSE COLLECTION JERSEYS!!


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Hope you all enjoyed the scans…the conquest will continue tomorrow! Don’t forget…most of these items as well as many more can be found in our ebay store!

Play Ball America! !