Monday, January 14, 2013

2000 Topps Gold Label Baseball

I'm in clean-up mode around here.  Sometime in 2011 I held an all-Topps group break.  Since then, I've been holding on to the scans from the first pack of each box to post here at some point.  This is that point.  After all, what good is it to open a pack without contributing to the cause?

Get this man some Clearasil or something!  I love shiny wrappers.  Oh, that contest involves collecting a bunch of letters (one per pack) to spell "Gold Label."  You can imagine that a couple letters were pretty rare.

#52 - Shawn Green - Class 2 - Each player's cards in Gold Label come in different "classes."  Essentially, it's a way to pad the product without spreading out the checklist.  100 players, 300 cards.

#53 - Erubiel Durazo - Class 1 - Class 1 is batting, but you get to see the back here.  These are durable, thick, possibly plastic cards.  Class 2 is fielding and Class 3 is running.

#100 - Michael Tejera - Class 3 - There are several bigger name rookies/prospects in the set as well.  Here's one of them.  You can guess how well he panned out.

#59 - Randy Johnson - Class 3 - Class 1 for pitchers is the wind-up, class 2 is the pitch still in the hand and class 3 is the release or other after effect.  If you're confused, you can check the back or in this case, the right side of the card.

#4 - Rondell White - Class 1 - I'm sure Rondell White supercollectors were psyched to chase 3 versions of this card.

Overall, they're really nice looking, shiny, slick cards that suffers from a sad gimmick effect.  Other years made certain classes more rare, but luckily that's not the case here.  The inserts look great too.  Sorry there weren't any in this first pack to show off.


night owl said...

Think I need that Green card, if you'd like to set it aside for me.

The Baseball Card Snob said...

Never liked this particular year or the 2002 edition. Thought the design was lacking.

Community Gum said...

Sorry, N.O., the Dodgers were claimed in the group break so it's long gone by now.