Monday, July 16, 2018

2018 Topps Stadium Club Rack Pack


Hope everyone is doing well.  Summer break has finally reached the APTBNL offices, with only a trickle of posts so far in July.  I too am one of the posters taking some days off, when I realized I should put a post out there to not only commemorate the All-Star Game, but to mark year 42 of my existence.  I've only made 2 posts on my day of days, and while Allen & Ginter is coming out and there's a fancy new kid-focus Topps set out there as well, I'd rather put up a pack of 2018 Topps Stadium Club!

I was able to snag a rack pack last week.  I was hoping to get a blaster box and claim it to The Wifey as a birthday gift, but they were all gone this morning.  Anyway, here's what I got:

#73 - George Springer
#218 - Jimmie Sherfy (RC)

Some bloggers have negative comments on the enlarged team name and position, but the vast majority still approve of the shots used for the players.  I agree that the team name does appear to be harder to read depending on the picture used.

#278 - Marwin Gonzalez
#256 - Reggie Jackson

Sorry for the blurriness on this shot.  Here is the checklist for those who are interested.

#64 - Ender Inciarte
#270 - Carlos Carrasco

Even regular shots look cooler on Stadium Club card stock!

#85 - Josh Reddick
#SF-JA - Jose Altuve

I believe Special Forces is a new insert this year.  It comes 1 in 4 packs.  Yes, half of the cards in the pack so far are Astros.

#280 - Harrison Bader (RC)
#300 - Hideki Matsui

That Bader card could have been much more awesome if the ball was in the shot. 

#190 - Ian Happ
#74 - Ichiro

I'm assuming Ichiro would get a card in 2019 for this year's stats, but if not, this is a pretty cool final card for the future HOFer.

Here are some backs because birthday:

FYI, the seats change color to match the team.

Anyway, that's the pack.  Hope everyone enjoys the All-Star Game, and thanks for reading!

Saturday, July 07, 2018

2003 Topps Shoe Box Collection 60's

In 2003, Topps decided to release a product called Shoe Box Collection, which was a factory set in the form of a hobby box.  Each box of this product contained twelve 8-card packs, which were broken down into four decades: 50's, 60's, 70's, and 80's.  Three packs (or 24 cards) were dedicated to each decade, which created a 96 card set.

Today we'll be looking at one of the 60's packs.

If you look closely at the back, you'll notice that these packs were not for individual sale.  That's because this product was perfectly collated so collectors who purchased a sealed box would receive a complete set.

In addition to the twelve packs of cards, each box contained four vintage cards (one card from each decade) held in a special four card screw down holder.  If you're interested, you can see a photo on Shot Not Taken's blog.  Just click here.

Now that we've gotten the product details out of the way, let's tear into the pack...

First up is our individually wrapped piece of bubble gum:

Gotta admit it still looks fresh enough to chew... but I'm more Mentos mint kind of guy.

Now for the cards.  Every player is featured on a replica of their rookie card.

#41 Rollie Fingers

However some players, like Rollie Fingers were pictured with others on their actual rookie card.  Topps decided to create custom cards for these guys.  Sorry Mr. Floyd and Mr. Burchart.

#42 Reggie Jackson

As an A's fan, it's nice to see two Athletics right out of the gate.  Personally, this is my favorite card in the pack.  Maybe one day I'll own an original.

#43 Gaylord Perry

This set is filled with hall of famers.  Third one in a row.

#44 Al Oliver

Oops.  Spoke (or wrote) too soon.  Although you gotta admit... Scoop was one heckuva ballplayer.  Definitely a member of the Hall of Very Good and a fan favorite.

#45 Lou Brock

Another iconic rookie card.

#46 Johnny Bench

Another custom rookie card.

#47 Paul Blair

Another fan favorite.

#48 Phil Niekro

And the last card in the pack features a twenty-something year old Knucksie.  As a guy who started collecting in the early 80's... I'm used to the Niekro that looked like the scary old man who lived two doors down from me who yelled at us every time we ran through his yard.

There you have it.  If you're a fan of Archives like myself or if you're in the mood to take a trip down memory lane... then 2003 Topps Shoe Box Collection might just be your thing.  You can see the entire 96 card checklist here.

A huge thanks goes out to SumoMenkoMan who gave me this pack a while back.  He also hooked me up with a 70's and and 80's pack from this product as well.

I was originally going to review those packs as separate posts, but since I covered everything I want to say about this product, I'll just show off the contents of each pack right here.

Pack: 2003 Topps Shoe Box Collection 70's

Cards #'d 49 to 56

Pack: 2003 Topps Shoe Box Collection 80's

Cards #'d 81 to 88

Okay... that's a wrap.  I hope all of you have a great weekend.

Happy Saturday and sayonara!

Thursday, July 05, 2018

1993 Bowman

Let's look at some Super Premium Picture Cards.

391 - Alan Trammell - By 1993, Bowman may have been "Home of the Rookie Card", but the packs would still contain some solid vets, if not Hall of Fame types like Alan Trammell.

200 - Ryne Sandberg - It's Ryno. There's a decent chance I watched this game on WGN.

627 - Jeff Darwin - Danny Darwin's younger brother. I'm not sure if he ever made it.

1 - Glenn Davis - Davis, somewhat surprisingly, gets the distinction of card number 1 in this set.

459 - Mike Hampton - Hampton had a lengthy career, but I tend to forget that he originally came up with the M's.

351 - Nigel Wilson - Each pack came with a foil card, although the cards are not actually parallels as far as I know. Both expansion franchises would whiff on their top expansion picks (Colorado took David Nied), but the Marlins still won the World Series in just their 5th season of existence.

48 - Juan Bell

563 - Kenny Felder

290 - Walt Weiss - Weiss won the Rookie of the Year award and also won a ring with the A's.

52 - Tripp Cromer - It was nice to pull a Cardinal in this pack.

587 - Justin Thompson

568 - Mike Williams - This guy looks like a coach, but the back of the card claims he was a 25 year old that was lighting up AAA at the time.

296 - Frank Bolick

648 - Jeff Hartsock - We end things with a Cubs hopeful.