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Congratulatory letter from sportscardinfo.com

Back on February 16th, sportscardinfo.com ran a contest that offered a 2019 Topps 150th Anniversary Commemorative Medallion card of former Red Sox 1B/DH David Ortiz. Now I usually don’t enter contests unless the prize is something I can really use, especially if I need it for my set collections. Since I mostly focus on Topps flagship and recent Topps Heritage baseball, this contest definitely fit the bill. This was one contest prize I really wanted.

All contestants had to do to enter was comment on the contest post (limited to one comment/entry per day). The contest deadline was February 22nd and a total of 79 comments/entries were submitted and randomized. And to my surprise, I was the winner of this card!

2019 Topps Series 1 150th Anniversary Commemorative Medallion card of David Ortiz
2019 Topps Series 1 150th Anniversary Commemorative Medallion card of David Ortiz
Back of 2019 Topps Series 1 150th Anniversary Commemorative Medallion card of David Ortiz
Back of 2019 Topps Series 1 150th Anniversary Commemorative Medallion card of David Ortiz

In case you hadn’t noticed, sportscardinfo.com generously runs quite a few contests. As we give sportscardinfo.com a big Stadium Fantasium thank you and standing ovation, make sure you take a look at the right sidebar’s “Blog Contests Lineup”. There you’ll find some of the current contests being held by fellow hobby bloggers.

So are you a frequent participant in hobby contests in the blogosphere and/or on Twitter? Let us know in the comments below. Until then, stay tuned…

(Card)Show and Tell

Stadium Fantasium Marquee: (Card)Show And Tell
2019 West Coast Collectors Expo admission ticket
(Card)Show…

The weekend of February 22-24, we were lucky enough to have a decent-sized cardshow in our area. This cardshow, known as the West Coast Collectors Expo, was put on by Hall of Fame Sports (not to be confused with my local card shop, Hall of Fame Baseball Cards). They used to hold these cardshows at the old Hollywood Park racetrack in Inglewood until it got torn down to make way for the new Rams stadium (60% complete so far, opening in 2020).

This particular cardshow was at the Pomona Fairgrounds and had a “Raiderfest” theme. They had over 60 autograph guests appearing (for a fee of course) on that Saturday and Sunday. Besides former Raiders, other signers included former Dodgers, Rams, Chargers, celebrities and pro wrestlers. Some of the weekend signers weren’t listed on the flyer below, such as Tom Flores, Melvin Gordon and Dawn Wells (Gilligan’s Island) .

2019 West Coast Collectors Expo flyer
2019 West Coast Collectors Expo flyer

Because I’m not a real autograph hound, I decided to go to this show on Friday night. There would be no signers and the entrance fee would also be a few bucks cheaper. I figured the crowd would also be lighter (which it was). That helps when there’s a bargain box to explore and you don’t want to wait for someone who’s there exploring it before you.

2019 West Coast Collectors Expo, Friday 2/22/19
One of the aisles at the 2019 West Coast Collectors Expo, Friday 2/22/19

Show hours for that Friday was 5:00 to 9:00 but I didn’t get there until 5:30 due to rush hour traffic. Goodie bags were also given out to Friday night attendees. Contents included a Bob Miller (retired LA Kings announcer) mini-statue, basketball documentary DVD, and a few hobby supplies. The mini-statue is a smaller version of the actual Bob Miller statue residing outside Staples Center. These were originally given to fans attending the Kings vs. Tampa Bay Lightning game on January 3rd.

Goody bag contents
Goody bag contents

Although this show was not nearly as huge as a show like the National, four hours was still not enough to thoroughly check out all that the show had to offer.

Dime boxes at the 2019 West Coast Collectors Expo
Dime boxes at the 2019 West Coast Collectors Expo
Assorted sports memorabilia at the 2019 West Coast Collectors Expo
Assorted sports memorabilia at the 2019 West Coast Collectors Expo
Card showcase at the 2019 West Coast Collectors Expo
Card showcase at the 2019 West Coast Collectors Expo

So as always, whenever I go to a cardshow, I focus on trying to find cards to complete my incomplete sets (including insert cards). I ended up with only 37 cards but some of those were vintage baseball. I even picked up a vintage football card I needed. Here are the cards I got:

Some 1970 Topps (not Heritage) baseball cards
Some 1970 Topps (not Heritage) baseball cards
More 1970 Topps (not Heritage) baseball cards
More 1970 Topps (not Heritage) baseball cards
A 1969 Topps #87, 1972 Topps #556, #597, 1984 Fleer #48 and a 1971 Topps Football #61
A 1969 Topps #87, 1972 Topps #556, #597, 1984 Fleer #48 and a 1971 Topps Football #61

The fifteen cards above were all from the same dealer and only cost me $10. Unfortunately, I didn’t see at the time that the 1970 Casey Cox had a crease down the middle of the card. I also didn’t see that the ’72 Ron Santo In Action card had a printing error–the ‘C’ in “ACTION” is missing some of the black ink. This is ok though because I also collect these minor variation cards too. I also picked up some recent Topps Gold parallels and some 2018 Topps Heritage High Number inserts from a quarter box:

Some recent Topps Gold cards
Some recent Topps Gold cards
Some Topps and Topps Heritage High Numbers inserts
Some Topps and Topps Heritage High Numbers inserts
More 2018 Topps Heritage High Number inserts
More 2018 Topps Heritage High Number inserts
A few more 2019 Topps Heritage High Number inserts
A few more 2019 Topps Heritage High Number inserts

The 22 modern cards above cost me $5 with a discount. Notice the slightly miscut “Miracle of ’69” Cleon Jones card. There’s a horizontal yellow strip running along the bottom of the card but I don’t mind. The card is otherwise mint.

I must say too that all of the people I talked to at the show were very, very nice. The ticket sellers, dealers, food vendors and parking personnel were all so nice and helpful. I will definitely be making plans to attend the next one whenever it is planned.

…And Tell (New Contest Links)

And in case you hadn’t noticed, Stadium Fantasium has a sort of “contest-roll” (like a blogroll) in the right sidebar above the blogroll. I call it the “Blog Contests Lineup” and it’s purpose is to let you know of any current contests going on around the hobby blogosphere. If your hobby blog is running a contest, please feel free to let me know and I’ll add it to the Blog Contests Lineup.

Until then, stay tuned…

The Breaks

Okay, it’s time to share some more 2019 Topps Series 1 Baseball cards that I got from a few group breaks. I think I may have overdone the group break buy-ins this year but those darn things are so darn attractive to me–darn it!

For each of these breaks, I was really hoping to get the Dodgers spot but, except for one group break, they were already taken. As one old-school rapper once proclaimed, these are the breaks…

The Mets Cards

These cards are from a pick-your-team full jumbo case break from my local card shop, Hall of Fame Baseball Cards, located in Arcadia, CA. You can view their videos here. Along with 84 Mets base cards (lots of duplicates), I got some nice inserts/parallels and a 1984 Jacob DeGrom jersey card.

2019 Topps Series 1 Mets Inserts
2019 Topps Series 1 Mets Inserts
2019 Topps Series 1 Mets inserts/parallels a Mets relic and silver pack 1984 chrome cards
2019 Topps Series 1 Mets inserts/parallels and a Mets relic

Silver pack promo cards (1984 Topps chrome design) were also included and as you can see above, I got two Darryl Strawberry cards. One of those will go to the Stadium Fantasium Trading Block. (Fun fact: According to my gf, Darryl Strawberry’s grandmother used to live three houses over from us.)

The Angels Cards

I bought into a second jumbo case break at Hall of Fame Baseball Cards but this one was a random team break. No Dodgers for me in this case break but that’s okay because the Angels are my second favorite team. From this break I got 93 base cards, some more nice inserts, a couple of cool silver pack 1984 chrome cards but no relic or auto.

2019 Topps Series 1 Angels inserts
2019 Topps Series 1 Angels inserts
More 2019 Topps Series 1 Angels inserts with 1984 chrome cards
More 2019 Topps Series 1 Angels inserts with 1984 chrome cards
The Dodgers Cards (Woohoo!)

So I thought I was done buying into group breaks with Hall of Fame Baseball Cards. But about a week after I bought into the above case breaks, Hall of Fame Baseball Cards offered a pick-your-team hobby 1/2 case break. I checked to see if the Dodgers were still available and sure enough they were still available. Of course I jumped on this. So this half-case break resulted in 68 Dodgers base cards, a few Dodgers inserts (including my first Revolution of the Game insert), a Joc Pederson Advanced Stats cardback (#’d to 150, inserted 1:75 hobby packs), a Corey Seager SP (shortprint) and a Clayton Kershaw Retro Hat Logo relic. I am very pleased with these Dodger cards.

2019 Topps Series 1 Dodgers inserts and a SP
2019 Topps Series 1 Dodgers inserts and a SP
2019 Topps Retro Hat Logo Patch RHLP-CK front and back
2019 Topps Retro Hat Logo Patch RHLP-CK front and back
The Cubs Cards

Another case break I had bought into was one done by online casebreaker Crackin’ Wax. I’ve been in case breaks with Crackin’ Wax‘s husband-and-wife team for maybe three or four years now and they are top-notch. You can see there YouTube videos here. This was a pick-your-team jumbo case break. Again I was too late to take the Dodgers so I chose the Cubs. I ended up with 142 regular base, a Willson Contreras vintage stock variation (#’d to 99), a short-print Kris Bryant photo variation card, a 1984 Kris Bryant jersey relic, and quite a few inserts/parallels/chrome cards.

2019 Topps Series 1 1984 Cubs inserts/chrome and a Cubs relic
2019 Topps Series 1 1984 Cubs inserts/chrome and a Cubs relic
More 2019 Topps Series 1 Cubs inserts including a variation SP and a vintage stock card
More 2019 Topps Series 1 Cubs inserts/parallels including a variation SP and a vintage stock card
2019 Topps Series 1 Cubs parallels
2019 Topps Series 1 Cubs parallels

I do love the insert cards and parallels and I’m glad I got plenty of  those from these group breaks. I think I did pretty decent too with three hits out of four breaks. The two SPs, the vintage stock card, the Advanced Stats card and the Home Run Challenge cards are also very cool.

Sorting through all of these Series 1 cards in preparation for Series 2 will keep me very busy for the foreseeable future. In the meantime, stay tuned…

The Impression That I Get (of 2019 Topps Series 1)

2019 Topps #258 Eddie Rosario and #322 Brian McCann
2019 Topps #258 Eddie Rosario and #322 Brian McCann
Base Cards: The Design

Late in January, I pre-ordered a jumbo box of 2019 Topps Series 1 Baseball from my local hobby store, Hall of Fame Baseball Cards in Monrovia, CA. I picked up my box the same day the store held their annual Topps Series 1 rip party. I had a great time and broke my box right there in the store. And I gotta say, right off the top that I really like the 2019 Topps flagship baseball design. It’s a welcome departure from the last three years of rather similar designs (which I also like):

Examples of 2016, 2017 and 2018 Topps flagship baseball designs
Examples of 2016, 2017 and 2018 Topps flagship baseball designs

It’s definitely not more of the same but the 2019 design does share one unique trait with the 2016 design. In the 2019 design, the circular tile pattern in the border and on the left side of the photograph serve the same function as the smoke effect in the 2016 design. The color/pattern is changed for the various parallel cards’ color schemes. Other than that, the 2019 design stands on its own (although one can argue that it is reminiscent of the 1982 Topps design):

Comparison of 1982 Topps vs. 2019 Topps
Comparison of 1982 Topps vs. 2019 Topps
Base Cards: The Photography

The photography and choice of pictures is pretty good for the most part. However, Topps is still over-processing the photos to make them slightly resemble a screenshot from a video game or an outtake from the movie “300”. The players and the lighting just look a bit too artificial:

2019 Topps Series 1: Base cards
2019 Topps Series 1: Base cards

Take a look at the whites of the players eyes above. Joey Gallo’s eyes especially look a bit creepy and definitely unnatural. The lighting in the vast majority of player photos makes it look like the ballparks had identical gametimes and weather. Did almost all game action takes place on an overcast day?. Maybe there just weren’t any suitable player photos shot at night or even in the shade. Very few of the player cards feature abundant sunlight.

These photo effects are not new to Topps as they have been used in flagship baseball and other Topps products over the last few years. And I have to admit I’m growing weary of it. These photographic effects are probably popular with the younger, videogame-playing set. And when company management and/or the client (MLB) want a card product that is different and innovative, this is the result. Hopefully the management at Topps will soon realize this look has been played out for flagship baseball cards and return to a more “normal” photographic look. These digital effects can be saved for other card products.

As others have pointed out, the partial borders of these cards to seem to be a compromise between those who like full-bleed photos and those who like traditional borders. Credit Topps decision-makers with a pretty good compromise. Personally, I like the full-bleed photos a lot but borders are cool too. The main thing is that we keep some card features standard (such as card dimensions) while avoiding falling into a prolonged rut with the same ol’ thing every year. As seen below, photo repetition apparently is tough to avoid (especially when about 1000 semi-unique images must be used for one master set and you’re on a deadline):

2019 Topps Series 1: Pitchers in action
2019 Topps Series 1: Pitchers in action
2019 Topps Series 1: More pitchers in action
2019 Topps Series 1: More pitchers in action
2019 Topps: Yet more pitchers in action
2019 Topps: Yet more pitchers in action
2019 Topps: Popping right out of the card
2019 Topps: Popping right out of the card

Despite my nitpicking about photographic digital effects and photo repetition, I still like the base cards a lot. I think it’s safe to say that it’s not hard to satisfy most of us set collectors. Here are some examples of base cards with exceptionally nice photos:

2019 Topps: Fielders in action
2019 Topps: Fielders in action

Action shots of players displaying their glove magic is always cool. And if you think those were good, check these out:

2019 Topps Series 1: Popping right out of the card

As seen above, a handful of Series 1 base cards have part of the player or player’s equipment overlapping the left border. This really makes the picture “pop” and is a welcome sight. Of course, this is not a new effect. We’ve seen a similar effect as far back as 1988 Topps and there’s probably cards older than that can claim the same feature. Still, I think this adds a certain intensity to the card and adds to the aesthetic appeal of these cards.

Base Cards: The Subsets

Kudos to Topps for adding a new subset to this year’s base set–Stadiums! I’d seen stadium cards included in previous editions of Topps Opening Day but that’s a product that doesn’t fit into my budget or time schedule. This subset is a very refreshing addition to the Topps flagship set.

As in previous years, Topps includes subsets featuring the World Series Highlights, League Leaders, All-Star Rookies, Future Stars and checklists:

2019 Topps: A sampling of World Series Highlights and Stadiums
2019 Topps: A sampling of World Series Highlights and Stadiums

All of the subsets are done pretty well, my previous nitpicking notwithstanding. Of course the World Series Highlights subsets would look more impressive had the Dodgers won the World Series but it is what it is–sigh. We still have to tip our Stadium Fantasium hat to the Boston Red Sox for having such a dominant 2018 season and postseason.

The World Series Highlights card backs offer a recap of one of the games won by the eventual World Series champions. The card backs generally use some elements of the front design and look quite good.

Quite a few other reviews/opinions of 2019 Topps Series 1 have expressed some dissatisfaction with the large light-gray surname being placed above the smaller first name and I agree with those reviews. It throws things off a bit in a negative way but it’s not a deal-breaker. I think perhaps the first and then the last name should occupy the large white space and then have the team name and position occupy the color stripe below. And while we’re at it, change the light-gray font color to the color of the smaller stripe shown on the right side, then highlight the letters with a thin outline the same color as the large stripe. Or at least put a thin outline on the light-gray letters.

Oddly enough, the stadium cards get the name placement right with the city name placed above the team name. The back of the stadium cards are also well done. The design and included info are all top-notch, although the starting lineup and rotation are always subject to change at any given time.

I’d like to see this subset return next year but with pictures of the outside of the stadiums or pictures taken from another viewpoint inside the stadium. These kinds of cards definitely bring fans just a bit closer to the experience of being at the stadium.

2019 Topps: A sampling of League Leader cards
2019 Topps: A sampling of League Leader cards

The League Leader cards don’t distinguish themselves much from the regular base cards. I’d love to see old-school multi-player league leader cards in flagship but player collectors probably wouldn’t care much for that. Besides, we already have that in Topps Heritage cards. Still, I’d like to see a league leader card design that somehow looks attractive and substantially different from the regular base cards.

A sampling of 2019 Topps Rookie All-Stars
A sampling of 2019 Topps Rookie All-Stars

Traditionally, the Topps All-Star Rookie cards are just the player’s base card with the Topps All-Star Rookie cup element. The same holds true in this year’s set. It’s very nice to see this tradition continue.

A sampling of 2019 Topps Future Stars

Future Stars cards are back again, this time with a rainbow gradient banner instead of last year’s gold tile banner. The player image being imposed over the banner results in very eye-catching cards.

A sampling of 2019 Topps checklists
A sampling of 2019 Topps checklists

Another traditional aspect of Topps flagship baseball is checklist cards. Almost no one actually marks these checklists anymore to track their collection but they can still be a useful reference in a pinch. The images on the front of the card are always pleasant. I always like seeing camaraderie between players on the same team or between opposing teams.

Parallel Base Cards
2019 Topps Series 1: Some gold and rainbow foil parallels

My jumbo box didn’t yield any very low-numbered parallel cards. Out of the ten jumbo packs in the box, I got only two gold parallels (serial #’d to 2019) and five rainbow foil parallel cards (not serially #’d). The gold parallels look pretty good to me and so do the rainbow foil cards. In fact, this year the rainbow foil seem to me a bit more shiny and even silvery (at least at the right and bottom borders). Somehow the rainbow foil cards seem more attractive than in previous years. These cards make me want to actually pursue building a complete rainbow foil set (of course that’s easier said than done).

More Parallels, Insert Cards, Hits and an Awesome Super Short Print
A sampling of 2019 Topps inserts and foil-stamp parallels
A sampling of 2019 Topps inserts and foil-stamp parallels

Reprints! Many collectors believe reprint insert sets have been overdone but I really don’t mind them. The top three cards in the image above are part of an insert set called Iconic Cards Reprints. There are 50 cards in the Series 1 portion of this insert set, not to mention a 150th Anniversary parallel version numbered to 150.

I should’ve showed these earlier with the other parallels but there is also a foil-stamped 150th Anniversary parallel of the base set. These parallels are not serially numbered.

Another sampling of 2019 Topps inserts
Another sampling of 2019 Topps inserts

The 150 Years of Professional Baseball insert set could be a huge monster of an insert set. For Series 1, there are 150 cards in this insert set, divided into three 50-card segments (Greatest Players, Greatest Seasons and Greatest Moments). This insert set will continue in Series 2.

2019 Topps: 1984 Topps insert cards
2019 Topps: 1984 Topps insert cards

The 1984 Topps insert set is very well done and looks like it will also be a large set (as many as 250 cards) based on last year’s 1983 Topps insert set. The Series 1 portion of this set has 100 cards. My jumbo box netted me ten 1984 Topps inserts with two of them being Jacob DeGrom–d’oh! As with all Topps insert sets, there are also parallel versions.

2019 Topps: The best of my jumbo box
2019 Topps: The best of my jumbo box

The best cards from my jumbo box tended were heavy on AL East teams. The auto and relic hits weren’t anything earth-shattering but I did get a Legends super short print variation of Lou Gehrig #230. SSPs were inserted into jumbo packs at a rate of 1:495 so I got very lucky with this one. As of this writing, that particular card has been selling for around $50 and up. Of course I am keeping this one along with all of the other cards in this box (except for duplicates). I’m also glad I got a Home Run Challenge card and a Greatness Returns insert card. The Greatness Returns cards (a 25-card set in Series 1) are especially attractive and are inserted 1:10 jumbo packs.

For the past few years, many of those who purchased Topps flagship baseball cards have complained about there being too many insert sets. I think Topps may have misunderstood these complaints because less insert cards are included in packs compared to last year. I love insert cards and I’m really disappointed in this development. And to make matters worse, Topps apparently forgot to include photo variation short print cards in Series 1 jumbo boxes even though jumbo pack wrappers state that short print cards can be found in jumbo packs at approximately 1:17 jumbo packs. Luckily, my jumbo box had a Legends super short print!

2019 Topps offers another nice insert set: Evolution Of. This set features old stadiums, vintage equipment and past players in old uniforms on one side of the card and their modern counterpart on the other side. My box didn’t contain any of these cards and yet the wrapper states the pack odds as 1:1.

There is also a Revolution of the Game insert set issued at a rate of 1:26 jumbo packs. My box did not have any of these (a 10-card set in Series 1).

2019 Topps Silver Packs
2019 Topps Silver Pack 1984 Chrome Cards

As a nice added bonus for purchasing hobby or jumbo boxes from the local card shop, customers also receive packs of 1984-style chrome refractor cards. Each pack contains four cards out of a Series 1 50-card set. There is also an autograph version and several parallel versions. And as luck would have it, I got an orange parallel version of the St. Louis Cardinals Patrick Wisdom #’d 18 of 25.

Rip Party Bonus: Hobby Packs

So despite a very rainy Saturday afternoon (Feb.2), attendance was pretty good for the rip party.  We had a great time opening our boxes, spinning the prize wheel and participating in various contests galore. I did fairly well in the trivia contests and won five hobby packs of 2019 Topps Series 1. I didn’t get any hits in the hobby packs but here are the insert cards I did get:

2019 Topps Series 1 inserts from hobby packs
2019 Topps Series 1 inserts from hobby packs
The Bottom Line (Finally!)

As it turns out, my jumbo box gave me 343 out of 350 Series 1 base cards. The five hobby packs I had won gave me only one of the seven remaining base cards I need to complete the Series 1 base set. The six cards? #’s 53 (Brandon Crawford), 144 (Jake Arrieta), 178 (Jose Altuve), 194 (Felipe Vazquez), 239 Christian Yelich–League Leaders) and 331 (Cesar Hernandez).

Considering how many unique sports and non-sports cards that Topps issues each year, it’s rather surprising to me that their product quality is above average. Sure Topps has its detractors but just about every product they offer gets the attention and money of many collectors/investors. Many, many other companies have their share of product defects and recalls, so it’s probably unrealistic to expect perfection from every Topps product. That’s why I tend to be rather forgiving whenever I buy Topps product with my hard-earned money. I buy these cards simply for the fun of building sets and not for investment purposes.

So, recognizing that there is room for improvement in this product, I give 2019 Topps Series 1 a score of 8 out of 10.

I’m expecting more 2019 Topps Series 1 in my mailbox soon from several group breaks. Stay tuned…

Hey Nineteen

Banner - 2019 Topps Baseball

Hey ’19 indeed! The big week is finally here with the release of 2019 Topps Baseball Series 1 and Super Bowl LXIII featuring my Los Angeles Rams! Woohoo!

In recent years, I’ve tended to spend a bit too much money on Topps flagship baseball and this year is no exception. I’ve already ordered a jumbo box (that I’ll likely pick up on Saturday) and bought spots in four group breaks (in hindsight I’d probably be better off saving that money for 2019 Topps Heritage but I just love group breaks). And like most years, I purchased some new flagship cards at Target before actually getting my jumbo box in hand.

2019 Topps Baseball value pack - Target
2019 Topps Baseball value pack - Target
2019 Topps Baseball hanger box - Target
2019 Topps Baseball hanger box - Target

So this year I got one 34-card value pack and one 67-card hanger box. That’s 101 cards for about $15. And as usual I didn’t get anything great out of retail. Here’s a quick peek at what I did get:

2019 Topps Series 1 cards from a retail value pack
2019 Topps Series 1 cards from a retail value pack

The Jeff McNeil (Mets) RC card is officially my first 2019 Topps card. And in keeping with the ‘Hey Nineteen’ theme, the Martin Perez (Rangers) card is #219 and the Alex Gordon (Royals) card is #319. The Max Scherzer card is a nice example of the League Leaders subset, even though the League Leaders card fronts are very similar to regular base cards. Up next is a 1984 Topps Baseball insert card of Shohei Ohtani and a 2018 Topps Now Review of Juan Soto. I was hoping that at least three insert cards would be packed inside but I guess this is par for the course. Following that are two of the horizontal cards from the set. The stadium cards subset is a welcome innovation for flagship. Stadium cards have been pretty popular in other card sets and I’m so glad to see them appear in this set.

2019 Topps Series 1 cards from a retail value pack
2019 Topps Series 1 cards from a retail hanger box

The hanger box yielded four insert cards: 2018 Topps Now Review Gleyber Torres, 1984 Topps Baseball Matt Carpenter, a rainbow foil parallel of Joey Votto, and a nice-looking Greatness Returns insert featuring Nolan Ryan and Shohei Ohtani. Base cards included in the hanger box included Willson Contreras (which is #119), Rhys Hoskins, Ranger Suarez (he really should be playing for Texas), and Justin Upton. Which brings to the last three cards featured in this post:

A few more 2019 Topps Series 1 cards from a retail value pack
A few more 2019 Topps Series 1 cards from a retail value pack

As seen in the Nick Ahmed card and Jack Flaherty card, the player’s left hand extends out over the border, resulting in a photo that really pops. Not every card does this but it is very effective.

Pop quiz: How many baseball cards were featured in this post?

In general I really like the design of 2019 flagship Topps but I also really think there a couple of things that could have been improved upon. Stay tuned for a more in-depth review of 2019 Topps in the near future…

(Blue) Heaven Is A Place On Earth

2019 Dodgers Fanfest logo

I wasn’t really planning on going to this event but I live only about 20-25 minutes away and the admission price was right (free). Besides, I had never been to a Dodgers Fan Fest and this was already the seventh one the Dodgers have had. So sit back and enjoy as Stadium Fantasium visits Blue Heaven On Earth…

Outfield pavilions at 2019 Dodgers Fan Fest
Outfield pavilions at 2019 Dodgers Fan Fest
The outfield at 2019 Dodgers Fan Fest
First hour: The outfield at 2019 Dodgers Fan Fest
Dodgers 3B Justin Turner on the Dodgers Fan Fest stage
Dodgers 3B Justin Turner on the Dodgers Fan Fest stage
Dodgers OF A.J. Pollock exiting the Dodgers Fan Fest stage
Dodgers OF A.J. Pollock exiting the Dodgers Fan Fest stage
Dodgers 1B Max Muncy exiting the Dodgers Fan Fest stage
Dodgers 1B Max Muncy exiting the Dodgers Fan Fest stage
Another view of Dodgers 3B Justin Turner on the Dodgers Fan Fest stage
Another view of Dodgers 3B Justin Turner on the Dodgers Fan Fest stage
New Dodgers OF A.J. Pollock signing autographs at Dodgers Fan Fest
New Dodgers OF A.J. Pollock signing autographs at Dodgers Fan Fest
Justin Turner and Corey Seager being interviewed for Access Sportsnet at Dodgers Fan Fest
Justin Turner and Corey Seager being interviewed for Access Sportsnet at Dodgers Fan Fest

Besides the Dodgers pictured above, other Dodgers who took part in the festivities included Manager Dave Roberts, Cody Bellinger, Kenley Jansen, Enrique Hernandez, Chris Taylor, Joc Pedersen, newly acquired reliever Joe Kelly, Scott Alexander, Austin Barnes, JT Chargois, Tony Cingrani, Alex Verdugo, David Freese, Ross Stripling, Brock Stewart, Dylan Floro, Keibert Ruiz and others. Also spotted were some former Dodgers (Nomar Garciaparra, Orel Hershiser, Jerry Hairston Jr., Steve Yeager, Tommy Lasorda–who coined the phrase “Blue Heaven on Earth”) and some Dodgers Media (Alanna Rizzo, Ned Colletti, Charley Steiner, Dodger Talk host David Vassegh).

The Dodgers also offered fee-based opportunities for meet & greets, stadium tours, player autographs, selfies with players, single-game and season ticket sales. There were also some free game booths, kiddie activities, freebie picture opportunities (against various Dodgers backdrops). Even the parking was free! It was a very enjoyable family-oriented event.

For late January, it was a beautiful and fairly warm day for a Dodgers Fan Fest. The event was very well organized with half of the Fan Fest taking place in the outfield and half out on the other side of the outfield pavilions. And I have to say it was just a wonderful feeling to actually step out on the actual Dodger Stadium field (even if it was mostly restricted to the outfield). If I had to estimate, I would say there was about 35,000 in attendance. Although tickets were free, they did have to be obtained online and then they were loaded onto my MLB At Bat app on my phone. And so we tip our Stadium Fantasium cap to the Dodgers for showing all of us true blue Dodger fans a really good time at Blue Heaven on Earth.

Shop Around (the Flea Market, Part 2)

1966 Topps Baseball #120, 1971 Topps Football #25, 2008 Topps Baseball Highlights Autographs HA-DB cardbacks
1966 Topps Baseball #120, 1971 Topps Football #25, 2008 Topps Baseball Highlights Autographs HA-DB cardbacks

Stuff I Actually Did Buy

Continuing our shopping adventures at the Rose Bowl Flea Market in Pasadena CA, we finally came across a few cards that fit into the Stadium Fantasium collection. I even managed to pick up some significant vintage tradebait:

1966 Topps Baseball #120, 1971 Topps Football #25, 2008 Topps Baseball Highlights Autographs HA-DB
1966 Topps Baseball #120, 1971 Topps Football #25, 2008 Topps Baseball Highlights Autographs HA-DB

You may be shocked to learn that the 1966 Harmon Killebrew is now part of Stadium Fantasium’s Trading Block. I don’t collect any sets before 1969 so that’s why (it’s one way I limit the scope of my collection). Hopefully it will help me acquire a comparable post-1969 card. For a 1966 card, the condition is pretty decent.

The 1971 Dick Butkus card is in a bit rougher condition and may also end up on the Trading Block. I do collect 1971 Topps football cards and I do believe I already have this card.

I love the 2008 Topps baseball set and have quite a few of the Highlights Autographs. This Daric Barton auto is definitely staying in the Stadium Fantasium collection. It appears to be in perfect condition.

1992 Donruss Coca-Cola Nolan Ryan #8 & #26, 1993 Star Pics Kellogg’s College Greats Postercards #SCPI Scottie Pippen
1992 Donruss Coca-Cola Nolan Ryan #8 & #26, 1993 Star Pics Kellogg’s College Greats Postercards #SCPI Scottie Pippen

I also picked up a couple of sealed packs of 1992 Donruss that could only be found in Coca-Cola 12-packs with a special Nolan Ryan card. These Ryan cards are most likely keepers as I have only a few other Ryan cards from this set.

The 1993 Pippen card folds down to reveal a larger picture of Scottie Pippen. This card will also go on the Trading Block.

And the last card I picked up is this 1986 Jeno’s Pizza Rolls NFL Action Stickers #12 Walter Payton. This too goes on the Trading Block.

You may be wondering how much I paid for this batch of cards. I think I got a pretty decent deal seeing as I paid $10 for the seven cards. What do you think?

1986 Jeno's Pizza Rolls NFL Action Stickers #12 Walter Payton - $6.50
1986 Jeno's Pizza Rolls NFL Action Stickers #12 Walter Payton - $6.50

Stay tuned for our next post as we check out the 2019 NFLPA Collegiate Bowl to be held Saturday January 19th at the Rose Bowl (and you thought the college football season was over, didn’t you?)…

Shop Around (the Flea Market, Part 1)

"Shop Around" 7" single label
Mashup license plate

Stuff I Didn't Buy (but caught my attention anyway)

Just wanted to share my day at the Rose Bowl Flea Market in Pasadena, CA this past Sunday. I posted on my Twitter account a lot of uncropped pics of cool things that I didn’t buy but I also saw some cards I really wanted and actually did buy. I’ll show those in the next post.

These Grid-Star static-cling stickers/decals apparently were produced between 1988 and 1992 (according to one ebay seller). On the COMC website, one seller had like 38 different NFL players in his portfolio going for $2.95 and up. They’re listed on COMC under 1990 Grid-Star Premier Edition – [Base]. The flea market vendor was asking $1 each but only had multiples of these three players.

Grid-Star 49ers static cling stickers featuring John Taylor, Ronnie Lot and Michael Carter
Grid-Star 49ers static cling stickers featuring John Taylor, Ronnie Lot and Michael Carter
Bobbleheads!
Bobbleheads!

The same flea market seller also had these bobbleheads: former Dodgers pitcher Joe Beimel (a June 2008 stadium giveaway), former Angel Josh Hamilton (a May 2014 stadium giveaway) and former Angels manager Mike Scioscia (an April 2008 stadium giveaway).

He also had a good stack of these 1980’s era Smokey the Bear and the Los Angeles Raiders coloring books. Inside are coloring pages of Marcus Allen, Howie Long, Todd Christiansen and other Raider players.

Coloring book featuring Smokey the Bear and the Los Angeles Raiders
Coloring book featuring Smokey the Bear and the Los Angeles Raiders

There was also this large framed poster of the NFL Hall of Fame.

Poster of the NFL Hall of Fame
Poster of the NFL Hall of Fame

Another seller had this early 2000’s autographed Green Bay Packers helmet. He said Brett Favre’s signature is somewhere on top and was asking $600 although I’m sure the price was negotiable. How many autos can you identify?

Autographed Green Bay Packers helmet - right side
Autographed Green Bay Packers helmet - right side
Packers helmet - left side

Here’s binder of junk-wax era baseball cards. There were a few Topps gold insert cards in this binder that I wanted but the seller was asking in the neighborhood of $1 per card–not exactly a bargain.

Baseball cards in a binder
Baseball cards in a binder

Pins! Another seller had loads of pins and not just sports pins but buttons too. Unfortunately, he did not have a Super Bowl VII pin available. I would have loved to have one of those.

Assorted Super Bowl pins and other pins
Assorted Super Bowl pins and other pins
Assorted pins
Assorted pins...
more assorted pins
...and more assorted pins
Hisashi Iwakuma bobblehead (a July 2014 stadium giveaway)
Hisashi Iwakuma bobblehead (a July 2014 stadium giveaway)
Baseballs with multiple autographs
Baseballs with multiple autographs
Assorted pennants
Assorted pennants
A binder of 1990 Collegiate Collection Notre Dame Football cards
A binder of 1990 Collegiate Collection Notre Dame Football cards
An 8 x 10 photo of Sandy Koufax
An 8 x 10 photo of Sandy Koufax (think the signature is real?)
A couple of hand-painted signs featuring the logos of a couple of our local teams
A couple of hand-painted signs featuring the logos of a couple of our local teams
A binder of cards featuring NASCAR race driver Tony Stewart
A binder of cards featuring NASCAR race driver Tony Stewart
A binder full of cards of NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon
A binder full of cards of NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon
Raiders neon bar sign
Raiders neon bar sign
Assorted LA Kings hockey pucks
Assorted LA Kings hockey pucks
More pennants
More pennants
Assorted 1977 and/or 1978 RC Cola cans featuring MLB players (and an NFL player)
Assorted 1977 and/or 1978 RC Cola cans featuring MLB players (and an NFL player)
A tin full of assorted autographed NASCAR and country music cards
A tin full of assorted autographed NASCAR and country music cards
Assorted Star Wars cards
Assorted Star Wars cards
Not sure if these are toy USC megahorns or cups
Not sure if these are toy USC megahorns or cups
...and more pennants
...and more pennants
A tin full of assorted sportscards
A tin full of assorted sportscards
Vintage '70's LA Rams glasses
Vintage '70's LA Rams glasses
NFL bedsheets and Star Wars bedsheets!
NFL bedsheets and Star Wars bedsheets!
Starting Lineups figures, a Red Sox book and a box of 1990 Bowman hockey cards
Starting Lineups figures, a Red Sox book and a box of 1990 Bowman hockey cards
Assorted plastic sports cups
Assorted plastic sports cups

That’s wraps up our look at things most of us would love to have if we had the money and the space (or use for tradebait). In the next post, I’ll show off what I did buy and I promise it will be a much shorter post. Stay tuned…

Caribbean Blue (Donruss 1992)

1992 Donruss card element
Screenshot from a 1992 Donruss commercial
Screenshot from a 1992 Donruss commercial

Wow. I can’t believe I actually won a contest prize over at Adam’s ARPSmith’s Sportscard Obsession. It really wasn’t due to due to a correct guess/prediction in one of his minicontests. None of the contestants in a particular mini-contest got the correct answer so the contestants user names were randomized and mine luckily came out on top.

The prize was a complete set of cards, as described in Adam’s original contest post, “The list will certainly include 1986-91 Topps, 1988 & 90-92 Donruss, 1989-91 Score and 1990 Fleer baseball sets and 1990 Score Football”. So as you may have figured by now from the title of this post, I opted for the 1992 Donruss baseball set.

Of all the baseball sets listed on Adam’s prize list, I had the least amount of cards from this set and this was definitely a set I wanted to complete. Although this set may have a bad reputation with some collectors, I’ve always found the design rather attractive, especially for a low-end product. The rather thin bars of light blue with their gradient effect at the top and bottom of most cards and the silver block-lettered names just strike me as pleasingly pleasant. See for yourself:

A sample of 1992 Donruss baseball cards

Adam even included the eight bonus cards, BC-1 through BC-8. The Florida Marlins and Colorado Rockies logo cards above are BC-7 and BC-8. The Marlins and Rockies would begin their inaugural season in 1993.

But that was not all Adam sent. He also sent a complete 33-card set of 1987 Topps K-Mart and a complete 33-card set of 1989 Topps K-Mart Dream Team. Both of these are sets I did not own. Check ’em out:

1987 Topps K-Mart Stars of the Decades: Box front and assorted cards
1987 Topps K-Mart Stars of the Decades: Box front and assorted cards
1987 Topps K-Mart Stars of the Decades: Box back and assorted cards
1987 Topps K-Mart Stars of the Decades: Box back and assorted cards
1989 Topps K-Mart Dream Team: Box front and assorted cards
1989 Topps K-Mart Dream Team: Box front and assorted cards
1989 Topps K-Mart Dream Team: Box back and assorted cards
1989 Topps K-Mart Dream Team: Box back and assorted cards

And so we give Adam (ARPSmith’s Sportscard Obsession) a well-deserved Stadium Fantasium standing ovation for the contest and the prize! Thanks Adam!

Next for this newly acquired set:

  • Enter these cards in my collection on TCDB (Trading Card Database)
  • Inventory the associated insert cards I have for the 1992 set
  • Create a wantlist of insert cards
  • Put all of the cards Adam sent into a binder

Until then, stay tuned…

Yes, I’m Ready

Segment of 45 rpm "Yes, I'm Ready"

Yes, I’m (sort of) ready to attempt to live up to a few 2019 New Year’s resolutions. I’ve never really had any New Year’s resolutions before (especially hobby resolutions). But for this year, I decided to take baby steps to go out on a limb and set some goals for the new year. In no particular order, here they are:

  1. Complete at least three major-release baseball sets (not including chase cards) from my backlogged collection of cards. This means for each set, creating an Excel checklist, checking off the cards I have, making a wantlist of the cards I need and then transferring the cards from a monster box to a D-ring binder (and then add the chase cards and even a wrapper). And then I’ll add the wantlist to this here Stadium Fantasium blog to get the remaining needed cards.
    Screenshot of 2018 Topps Heritage insert cards spreadsheet
    Screenshot of 2018 Topps Heritage insert cards spreadsheet
  2. Complete five incomplete smaller, oddball-type baseball sets and put them in a binder. Assorted oddball cardsAssorted oddball baseball cards
    Assorted oddball baseball cards
    Assorted oddball baseball cards
  3. Complete one of my older football sets and put it in a binder (along with a wrapper).
    Assorted 1969-1974 Topps football cards
    Assorted 1969-1974 Topps football cards
    Assorted 1976-1979 Topps and 1989, 1990 Pro Set football cards
    Assorted 1976-1979 Topps and 1989, 1990 Pro Set football cards
  4. List more items on the Stadium Fantasium Trading Block. I’ve got a boatload of cards and non-card items that I would love to trade for wantlist cards. I just gotta sit down and list them and then place them in a physical “Stadium Fantasium Trading Block” box (so that I can find them in case someone actually wants to trade). Here’s a very small sample of what will soon appear in the Trading Block:
    Very small sample of the Stadium Fantasium Trading Block
    Very small sample of the Stadium Fantasium Trading Block
  5. Upgrade Stadium Fantasium. I’ve already started on this project by sprucing up the walls here with 2019 Topps Series 1 and Topps Heritage artwork. And I also added a thumbnail image to most blog links in the Stadium Fantasium blogroll. I’d prefer to have the blogroll formatted like Blogspot blogrolls with some text and a thumbnail image from the blog’s latest post. But alas, I use WordPress and have not found a blogroll widget that’s similar to Blogspot’s. I also recently added a “Blog Contests Lineup” to the right sidebar. It lists the currently active contests of fellow hobby bloggers. Mouse over those links and you can see the contest deadline.

    CONTEST PLUG: By the way, cynicalbuddha of Collector’s Crack fame is running his 9th Annual Almost the Easiest Super Bowl Contest on the Web–I’m definitely in. More blog upgrades to come…

  6. Somehow make the time to inventory/complete sets, maintain Stadium Fantasium, keep up with other blogs, play fantasy baseball, all while satisfying other life obligations. This one goal will be the most difficult to accomplish. I love reading the card blogs and posting to my own blog but those activities also take time away from organizing and growing my collection (I’m sure most of you can relate). But that’s okay. It ensures that I am never bored.

So how many of these goals will I actually accomplish? Will I accomplish half of my goals? Or will I finish all of my goals in half a year? Stay tuned…

My Favorite Mistake (of 2018)

Hobby-wise I was really looking forward to 2018. This would be the first year in ages that I would attempt to build a Topps baseball set that wasn’t flagship. And so when 2018 Topps Heritage was released, I bought two hobby boxes and I’m very happy with my purchase.

You see, the 1969 cards were the first I ever collected and have always been near and dear to my heart (I’m still only five cards away from completing the set along with some of the white letter variations). The 2018 Heritage base cards and deckle edge inserts did a nice job of recreating the look of the original 1969 cards. Sure there were some differences, such as the teams, parallels, relics, autos and insert sets that didn’t exist in 1969. And I was a bit disappointed that the 2018 deckle edge cards weren’t the same size as the 1969 version.

However, I thought it was rather clever that Topps sort of recreated some of the printing imperfections of the 1969 cards. And that brings us to my favorite card of 2018 (drumroll please…)

Ta dah! 2018 Topps Heritage #174

You might have thought that I would have chosen a Dodgers card, but this particular card really hit the nostalgia button for me. Besides some of the colors being out of register (misaligned, as on many of the original ’69 cards), this card also brought to mind an original 1969 card of a White Sox catcher.

Ta dah! 2018 Topps Heritage #174
1969 Topps #222
1969 Topps #222

Thanks to P-town Tom (Waiting ’til Next Year…) for putting on the Favorite Card of 2018 contest.

Love Is A Rose (Bowl Contest Winner)

2019 Rose Bowl Souvenir Cup Design
2019 Rose Bowl Game - Opening drive
2019 Rose Bowl Game - Opening drive
2019 Rose Bowl Game - Final minutes
2019 Rose Bowl Game - Final minutes
2019 Rose Bowl Final Score
2019 Rose Bowl Final Score
2019 Rose Bowl Program
2019 Rose Bowl Program

The 2019 Rose Bowl Game came and went with the Ohio State Buckeyes crowned the 2019 Rose Bowl Champions. Ohio State dominated Washington for most of the game. Washington did score 20 points in the fourth quarter but Ohio State held off the Huskies to win 28-23.

This brings us to the part of the blog post where we declare the winner(s) of the Stadium Fantasium 2019 Rose Bowl Contest (I hope I did the math right–see original contest post here).

Gold Contest Winner: Fuji (The Chronicles of Fuji)! Contestants were to predict which team would win the Rose Bowl and the margin of victory (without going over). Each contestant’s prediction of the margin of victory actually went over but Fuji’s guess was the closest (Fuji guessed 6–nice job!). Fuji will receive four 2019 Rose Bowl Souvenir cups (two of each size, pictured in the original contest post), one 2019 Rose Bowl official game program (pictured on the right, and his choice of three items of the 42 listed in the original contest post. (Fuji, please list your choices in a comment below.)

Silver Contest Winner: It’s a tie! Both Jon (A Penny Sleeve for your Thoughts) and ketchupman (Rekindling the Cardboard Flame) predicted Ohio State to be leading at halftime by 10 points. Ohio State actually led by 18 at halftime. Both Jon and ketchupman will receive two 2019 Rose Bowl Souvenir cups (one of each size, pictured at right), one 2019 Rose Bowl official game program, and his choice of two items of the 42 listed in the original contest post after the Gold Contest winner has chosen. (since Jon posted his predictions before ketchupman, Jon will choose his items after Fuji.) Way to go guys!

Bronze Contest Winner: ketchupman again! Contestants were to predict how many total points would be scored in this game (without going over). A total of 51 points were scored and ketchupman predicted 48–impressive! In addition to what he won in the Silver Contest, ketchupman will receive two 2019 Rose Bowl Souvenir cups (one of each size), one 2019 Rose Bowl official game program, and choice of one item from the prize list after the Gold Contest winner and Silver Contest winners have chosen.

Congratulations to all of our winners! I already have email addresses for Fuji and Jon, just need ketchupman’s.

By the way, if anyone else is interested in acquiring their own 2019 Rose Bowl Program or the Souvenir Rose Bowl cups (initially available only to Rose Bowl Game patrons who purchased a beverage at the game) or any of the unclaimed prizes, let’s work out a trade.

Note: It looks like the Rose Bowl programs and cups are pretty hot commodities on ebay.

After the postgame festivities...
After the postgame festivities...
Congratulations to Ohio State!

Above is a picture of the Rose Bowl’s southern scoreboard–notice the number beneath the scoreboard? Stay tuned…

2017 Topps Update US50
2017 Topps Update US50

New Year’s Day

2019 Rose Bowl merchandise signage

Happy New Year!  It’s been a very busy week in Pasadena preparing for the 105th Rose Bowl game. Here’s a glimpse into some of the preparations…

Large Rose Bowl merchandise stand outside the stadium 12/30/18
Large Rose Bowl merchandise stand outside the stadium 12/30/18
Large Rose Bowl merchandise stand on the stadium concourse
Large Rose Bowl merchandise stand on the stadium concourse
In-N-Out Cookout Trailer prepares to feed both teams 12/30/18
In-N-Out Cookout Trailer prepares to feed both teams 12/30/18
Rose Bowl north endzone 12/31/18
Rose Bowl north endzone 12/31/18
2019 Rose Bowl south endzone 12/31/18
2019 Rose Bowl south endzone 12/31/18

As day turned into night here on New Year’s Eve, it got windier and windier.  At home, the lights even dimmed for a second and we almost lost power. Hopefully the wind didn’t affect the stadium and the various crews. Next post, I’ll share more of the happenings at the 2019 Rose Bowl. Stay tuned…

The Rose (Bowl Contest)

Rose Bowl Neon Sign at Dawn
Background

So who’s ready for The Granddaddy of Them All? It appears that the statue of Jackie Robinson (right) is so ready. (Yes, it’s that Jackie Robinson!) In case you didn’t know it, pre-UCLA Jackie was raised in Pasadena and played football at nearby Pasadena City College (known as Pasadena Junior College back then). And recently (November 29, 2017) this statue was unveiled in a ceremony hosted by Vin Scully. It’s really an awesome work. What’s that in his right hand? Is it an old game credential or maybe an old game ticket? And why am I featuring the Rose Bowl in my hobby blog? That’s because the game is being played practically in my backyard and I have more than a casual connection to the venue.

Jackie Robinson statue at the Rose Bowl
Jackie Robinson statue at the Rose Bowl
The Contest

So this will be the 105th Rose Bowl and features the Pac-12 champion Washington Huskies (10-3, 7-2 in conference) vs. the Big Ten champion Ohio State Buckeyes (12-1, 8-1 in conference). This is also Stadium Fantasium’s first-ever contest, so please bear with us.

There will be three winners (or more depending on ties).

Gold Contest: Leave a comment below with your prediction of which team will win the Rose Bowl and the margin of victory (without going over). Winner will receive four 2019 Rose Bowl Souvenir cups (two of each size, pictured at right), one 2019 Rose Bowl official game program, and choice of three items pictured below.

Silver Contest: Leave a comment below with your prediction of which team will be leading at halftime and by how much (without going over). Winner will receive two 2019 Rose Bowl Souvenir cups (one of each size, pictured at right), one 2019 Rose Bowl official game program, and choice of two items listed below after the Gold Contest winner has chosen.

Bronze Contest: Leave a comment below with your prediction of how many total points will be scored in this game (without going over). For example, if the final score is 50-49 then 99 total points were scored in this game. Winner will receive two 2019 Rose Bowl Souvenir cups (one of each size, pictured at right), one 2019 Rose Bowl official game program, and choice of one item listed below after the Gold Contest winner and Silver Contest winner has chosen.

Bonus winnings: For each contest above, if you mentioned this contest in your blog before 2:00 pm Pacific Time December 31, I will double your prize! Even if you don’t win one of the three contests, mention this contest in your blog before 2:00 pm Pacific Time December 31 and I’ll still send you one 2019 Rose Bowl Souvenir cup of your choice. (EDIT: These are the cups Rose Bowl customers get when they buy a soda or beer at the game.)

Feel free to enter all three contests. You can even copy other entrants’ predictions without hurting their chances of winning. In the event of a tie, each tied winner will both receive the prized specified. The earlier (tied) comment entry time stamp will get the earlier choice from prize list below.

Deadline to enter is 2:00 pm Pacific on January 1st.

Prize List
  1. One sealed 2-card pack of Solo: A Star Wars Story, (part of a Denny’s 12-card oddball set), 11 packs available
  2. One sealed 21-card pack of 1989 Pro Set Final Update football cards, 1 available
  3. One sealed 14-card pack of 1990 Pro Set NFL Series 2, 2 available
  4. One sealed 14-card pack of 1991 Pro Set NFL, Series 1, 1 available
  5. One sealed 15-card waxpack of 1988 Topps flagship baseball, 2 available
  6. One sealed 15-card cello pack of 1989 Topps flagship baseball, 2 available
  7. One sealed 15-card pack of 1991 Topps baseball, 1 available
  8. One sealed 3-card pack of 1983 Donruss Action All Stars double-size cards, 4 available
  9. One sealed 18-card set of 1992 Score Proctor & Gamble All-Stars (baseball)
  10. One 7-card stadium giveaway pack of 2018 Dodgers 60th Anniversary (1965 Topps design including Sandy Koufax), 2 1 available (Won by The Chronicles of Fuji)
  11. One 7-card stadium giveaway pack of 2018 Dodgers 60th Anniversary (1977 Topps design including Don Sutton), 8 available
  12. One 7-card stadium giveaway pack of 2018 Dodgers 60th Anniversary (1985 Topps design including Tommy Lasorda), 1 available
  13. One 7-card stadium giveaway pack of 2018 Dodgers 60th Anniversary (1994 Topps design including Mike Piazza), 1 available (Won by The Chronicles of Fuji)
  14. One 7-card stadium giveaway pack of 2018 Dodgers 60th Anniversary (2001 Topps design including Clayton Kershaw), 2 available (One each won by The Chronicles of Fuji and Rekindling the Cardboard Flame)
  15. One 1969 Topps #456 Bud Harrelson (Mets) worn corners, 1 available
  16. One 1969 Topps #523 Bob Chance (Angels) worn corners, 1 available
  17. One 1969 Topps #505 Bobby Bolin (Giants) worn corner & crease, 1 available
  18. One 1969 Topps #606 Gene Mauch (Expos manager) worn corners & crease, 1 available
  19. One 1969 Topps #633 Harry Walker (Astros Manager) worn corners, 1 available
  20. One 1972 Topps #428 Tito Fuentes (In Action) worn corners, 1 available
  21. One 1979 Topps stamped buyback #633 Rob Wilfong (Twins), 1 available
  22. One 1984 Topps stamped buyback #316 Mark Bradley (Mets), 1 available
  23. One 1991 Upper Deck Denny’s Grand Slam #4 Eric Davis hologram, 1 available
  24. One 1983 Kellogg’s 3-D Super Stars #55 Gary Carter, 1 available
  25. One 1990 Post #25 Rickey Henderson, 1 available
  26. One 1989 Topps Cap’n Crunch #16 Mike Schmidt, 1 available
  27. One 1993 Hostess #22 Tom Glavine, 1 available
  28. One 1993 Hostess #28 Don Mattingly, 1 available
  29. One 2016 Topps Series 2 insert card Hallowed Highlights #HH-6 Mark McGwire, 1 available
  30. One 1995 Upper Deck Denny’s Holograms #11 Ken Griffey Jr., 1 available (won by Rekindling the Cardboard Flame)
  31. One 1995 Upper Deck Denny’s Holograms #12 Tony Gwynn, 1 available
  32. One 1996 Pinnacle Denny’s Holograms #10 Hideo Nomo, 1 available
  33. One 1996 Pinnacle Denny’s Holograms #18 Cecil Fielder, 1 available
  34. One 1997 Pinnacle Denny’s 3D Holographic #4 Frank Thomas, 1 available
  35. One 1997 Pinnacle Denny’s 3D Holographic #12 Juan Gonzalez, 1 available
  36. One sealed 9-card cello pack of 1993 Score Football cards (John Elway showing on the front, Brett Favre in back), 1 available (won by A Penny Sleeve for your Thoughts)
  37. One sealed 9-card cello pack of 1993 Score Football cards (Troy Aikman showing on the front, Neil O’Donnell in back), 1 available
  38. One sealed 6-card pack of 1998 Collector’s Edge 1st Place FB, 1 available (won by A Penny Sleeve for your Thoughts)
  39. One sealed 3-card cello pack of 1991 Jimmy Dean (Rickey Henderson showing on top), 1 available
  40. One sealed 7-card pack of Panini Triple Play
  41. One 2010 Bowman Prospects BP-1 Stephen Strasburg, 1 available (won by Rekindling the Cardboard Flame)
  42. One 2019 “76 Dodgers” pin, 2 available

And there you have it! Good luck to you!

2019 Souvenir Rose Bowl Cups (front)
2019 Souvenir Rose Bowl Cups (front)
2019 Rose Bowl Souvenir Cups (back)
2019 Rose Bowl Souvenir Cups (back)
Prize List Part 1
Prize List Part 1
Prize List Part 2
Prize List Part 2
Prize List Part 3
Prize List Part 4
Prize List Part 4
Prize List Part 5
Prize List Part 5
Prize List Part 6
Prize List Part 6
Prize List Part 7
Prize List Part 7
Prize List Part 8
Prize List Part 8
Mystery Solved

So what is Jackie’s statue holding in his right hand? Upon closer inspection we see that it is a 2017 Topps Update #US50 Jackie Robinson shortprint card! In fact, it is the actual card that Greg from Night Owl Cards sent to me for his blog’s 10th anniversary. With that, Greg gets a hearty Stadium Fantasium standing ovation! Thank you Greg!

Closeup of Jackie Robinson statue
Closeup of Jackie Robinson statue

Stay tuned…

Here Comes (Secret) Santa Claus

Before we begin, we’re giving a Stadium Fantasium standing ovation to Jon at A Penny Sleeve for your Thoughts for heading up this year’s Secret Santa gift exchange with 30 participants! Well done, Jon!

My Secret Santa was none other than Jim (gcrl) at cards as i see them. Jim also gets a Stadium Fantasium standing ovation for sending these much appreciated 2018 Topps cards and a nice handwritten note…

2018 Topps Heritage Then & Now insert cards
2018 Topps Heritage Then & Now insert cards TN-5, TN-7, TN12, TN-13, TN-15
2018 Topps 1983 insert cards 83-38, 83-46, 83-74, 83-77 and 2018 Topps Archives 214
2018 Topps 1983 insert cards 83-38, 83-46, 83-74, 83-77 and 2018 Topps Archives 214

These cards will put a nice dent in my wantlist. I love the extra touch that Jim (a fellow Dodgers fan) did by adding a terrific Dodgers card of Kenley Jansen from 2018 Topps Archives. Thanks Jim!

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