Cardpocalypse Like Sugar

Sweet! Tim from Cardpocalypse held some weekly Cardpocalypse contests during the month of May and I won a very nice relic card from his last “Anything Goes” contest. Tim also sent a dozen way cool Topps inserts that went a long way towards satisfying my craving for Topps flagship inserts. I’ll show the insert cards first and save the dessert (relic card) for last. First up is a couple of nice 2018 Topps inserts.

2018 Topps Salute #TS-22, 2018 Topps 1983 Topps #83-82
2018 Topps Salute #TS-22, 2018 Topps 1983 Topps #83-82
2020 Topps Decades' Best #DB-3, #DB-8, #DB-34, #DB-40
2020 Topps Decades' Best #DB-3, #DB-8, #DB-34, #DB-40

Here are four cards from one of the best insert card designs Topps has put out in recent years. The photos are fairly fresh (to me at least) but maybe a little bit overprocessed. This design is really eye-catching and works well in the overall borderless design.

But as much as I like this Decades’ Best insert set, something still looks off to me. It’s not readily apparent on the Fergie Jenkins card but if you look closely at the other three cards, you can see a dark gray drop shadow imposed just to the left of the player’s body. That is a little bit disconcerting to me but not a dealbreaker. Perhaps some may think it enhances the photo’s impact but I think it’s unnecessary and takes away slightly from the essence of the decade being evoked. But like I said, it’s not a dealbreaker.

More 2020 Topps insert goodness! I’m really surprised Tim included some Home Run Challenge cards in the envelope. These cards have the potential to win you some nice additional cards from Topps that are fairly rare. As you may know, it’s easy to enter this Topps online contest. After registering with Topps and entering the card’s code, you predict a date that the player pictured will hit a home run. If your player comes through for you, then you win a special serial-numbered version of the card. Last year I had only two of these HRC cards but I did win a special serial-numbered Gary Sanchez card, so that was nice.

Needless to say, this year will be different. There will be much fewer (if any) MLB games in which to predict a home run. I wouldn’t be surprised then if special 2020 HRC cards are awarded, then they will be more highly sought after than those of other years.

2020 Topps Home Run Challenge #HRC-3, #HRC-26, #HRC-30, 2020 Topps Choice #TC-11
2020 Topps Home Run Challenge #HRC-3, #HRC-26, #HRC-30, 2020 Topps Choice #TC-11
2020 Topps Decades' Next #DN-14, #DN-2, 2019 Topps Update All-Star Stitches Relics #ASSR-WM

The Topps Decade’s Next insert set may be a bit bland to some, considering that the design’s main colors are black, white and gold foil. But in my opinion it is still pretty distinctive and doesn’t seem to copy any previous Topps flagship design. The use of gold foil and it’s texture are big plusses for this set. As I mentioned in my review of 2020 Topps, Pleasure and Pain (A Review of 2020 Topps Series 1), I think Topps should try using this gold foil on the Topps Gold cards (which are serial-numbered to 2020).

And last but not least is the 2019 Topps Update All-Start Stitches Whit Merrifield card I won from Tim’s contest. Topps usually does a really good job with the design of these All-Star Stitches sets. The 2004 and 2016 designs immediately come to mind. The 2020 All-Stitches design is definitely right up there with them.

Topps got a nice head start on this design with MLB’s 2019 All-Star logo which incorporates a guitar (given that the 2019 All-Star game was held in Cleveland–home of the Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame). Topps added a guitar neck and a stylized silhouette of the Cleveland skyline for the nameplate. It all adds up to a very pleasing look for this traditional relic set.

Rather surprisingly, Topps has announced in May that there will be a 2020 Topps Update product. Much like the 2020 MLB season, it remains to be seen if it will actually happen.

A rousing Stadium Fantasium standing ovation goes out to Tim and his Cardpocalypse blog for sending these great cards over to the Stadium Fantasium collection–thanks Tim!

Contest plug: As of this writing, thirteen players are still needed to sign up for the Big Fun Game at Johnny’s Trading Spot. Check it out if you haven’t played before.

Question of the Day:

Seeing as the 2020 MLB All-Star game at Dodger Stadium has been cancelled, do you think Topps will still somehow manage to put an All-Star Stitches relic set in 2020 Topps Update?

Stay tuned…

The Tide is High(ly Subjective and Completely Arbritrary)

Note from Highly Subjective and Completely and Complete Arbitrary

One part of the fantastic current wave of hobby blog giveaways are the great cards offered by Brian at Highly Subjective and Completely Arbitrary (or HSACA for short). Brian did his version of Free Stuff Friday for 20 weeks(!), starting in February of this year and did his last one on June 19th. I picked up the two Topps cards pictured on the right from Brian’s Free Card Friday #1.

2017 Topps Salute #S-37
2017 Topps Salute #S-37
2019 Topps Gold #615
2019 Topps Gold #615
2018 Topps 1983 #83-18
2018 Topps 1983 #83-18

While surfing through Brians’s want lists, I saw that he had listed a few 1969 Topps baseball needs. I don’t really have much that other people need but I did happen to have a near mint duplicate of a ’69 Topps Rico Carty (Braves). You can see the card on Brian’s “Free Trade Agreements” post. I think Brian was pretty happy to get this card because he sent me four extra cards from my want list. Included were these two 2018 Topps inserts (Nolan Ryan and José Altuve).

2018 Topps Salute #TS-7
2018 Topps Salute #TS-7
2018 Topps Heritage #422 (short print)
2018 Topps Heritage #422 (short print)
2018 Topps Heritage #479 (short print)
2018 Topps Heritage #479 (short print)

Also included were these two 2018 Topps Heritage short prints. I’m happy to report that these two Heritage cards helped me complete the White Sox and Reds portions of my 2018 Heritage base set. After updating my want list, I see that I’m getting really close to completing this set–not an easy task considering that this set (including Heritage High Numbers) has 125 short print cards.

The terrific-looking cards pictured on the right were chosen from Brian’s Free Stuff Friday #15 back in the middle of May. As recently as 2018, I did not care much for parallels. I really don’t have the time to collect endless sets of parallels. (I’m only making an exception for the 1992 Topps Gold Winners and 1993 Topps Gold sets.)

Like many Topps flagship baseball card collectors, I have a number of various gold, black, emerald, cognac, and diamond parallels from past flagship sets. I never really knew what to do with these but I didn’t want to trade them either.

So now that I’m slowly getting my cards inventoried and putting them in binders, I finally figured out how to fit parallels into my collection. I’ve always organized my cards in boxes by teams–not numerical order. The cards in my binders will be organized by teams also. The thing I don’t like is that the last card of one team may end up right next to the first card of the next team. I prefer that the next team start on the next page. So I use the parallels to fill in the spaces. Thus, the Jesus Montero Emerald Foil card will go next to his regular base card.

To me, the great thing about adding various parallels to the binders is that in most cases they have the same number as the base card and add variety to a nine-pocket page. So now parallels have a purpose in my set binders and I don’t need to collect an entire parallel set. So any given binder of mine can show golds, camo, Independence Day and other parallels right next to its corresponding base card. I could even end up with a rainbow of a player in some set binders.

2012 Topps Golden Moments #GM-6, 2013 Topps Emerald Foil #459, 2019 Topps Rainbow Foil #307
2012 Topps Golden Moments #GM-6, 2013 Topps Emerald Foil #459, 2019 Topps Rainbow Foil #307

So Brian’s Free Stuff Friday #16 post appeared on May 22nd and I chose the cards pictured on the right. The cards arrived the following Thursday. The next day, Brian posted Free Stuff Friday #17 and mentioned that his local post office “is out of commission, and may or may not have had fire damage in the wake of demonstrations…”. Well that’s certainly something to be concerned about.

1982 Fleer #631
1982 Fleer #631
2015 Topps Rainbow Foil #260
2015 Topps Rainbow Foil #260

Then the next day I saw a picture on Facebook of a burned out brick building. It was Brian’s post office. The building’s signage even had the same zip code as Brian’s return address on the PWE Brian had sent. That was a bit jarring.

But that didn’t stop Brian from posting his weekly Free Stuff Friday posts. Brian kept sailing ahead and in Free Stuff Friday #20, I picked up these three cards. All three are very nice cards but the Bob Gibson card is the one that really caught my attention. That’s because a couple of months ago, I picked up 11 other assorted Mound Dominance cards along with a few hundred other cards from baseballcardstore.ca. Mound Dominance is a 15-card insert set and I think it may now be near-complete. However, it will probably be some time before I can dig up the one I already have to know which ones I still need.

And so we honor Brian with a hearty Stadium Fantasium standing ovation for his generosity.

1996 Topps #205, 2012 Topps Mound Marvels #MD-6, 2018 Topps Salute Series 2 #S-77
1996 Topps #205, 2012 Topps Mound Marvels #MD-6, 2018 Topps Salute Series 2 #S-77

So do you aggressively pursue short printed and or parallel cards?

Stay tuned…

Gratitude (to A Cracked Bat)

Mail day from A Cracked Bat

First off, I’d like to give a big thanks and Stadium Fantasium standing ovation to Julie over at A Cracked Bat. For quite a while now Julie has been periodically giving away cards via her blog’s Pick Pockets page. She always offers a huge selection of cards to choose from and I was lucky enough to snag these beauties:

2020 Topps Heritage New Age Performers insert #NAP-13, 2017 Topps 5 Tool inserts #5T-10 & #5T-34, 2017 Topps Archives #201, 2000 Opening Day 2K #OD20, 1990 Fleer Action Series Team Stickers Minnesota Twins
2020 Topps Heritage New Age Performers insert #NAP-13, 2017 Topps 5 Tool inserts #5T-10 & #5T-34, 2017 Topps Archives #201, 2000 Opening Day 2K #OD20, 1990 Fleer Action Series Team Stickers Minnesota Twins
2020 Topps Heritage New Age Performers insert #NAP-13, 2017 Topps 5 Tool inserts #5T-10 & #5T-34, 2017 Topps Archives #201, 2000 Opening Day 2K #OD20, 1990 Fleer Action Series Team Stickers Minnesota Twins
2020 Topps Heritage New Age Performers insert #NAP-13, 2017 Topps 5 Tool inserts #5T-10 & #5T-34, 2017 Topps Archives #201, 2000 Opening Day 2K #OD20, 1990 Fleer Action Series Team Stickers Minnesota Twins

Fun Fact: I actually once briefly met HOFer Bert Blyleven back around 1994 (give or take a year). At the time, I was working at the Pond of Anaheim (now known as the Honda Center) and Bert was there to watch a Mighty Ducks hockey game. Bert had retired from the California Angels after the 1992 season. I remember being so happy with myself recognizing him in street clothes. And he was so nice too. Although I’ve been in the presence of a few other HOFers, I think Bert is the only baseball HOFer I’ve ever spoken to.

Thanks again to Julie for these inserts and borderline vintage base cards–much, much appreciated. It’s great how some cards can bring back some nice memories.

Do you have any cards of players/celebrities you have encountered?

Stay tuned…

(National Baseball Card) Day Tripper

2019 Topps of the Class Greats Gold TCG-23
2019 Topps of the Class Greats Gold TCG-23

Most group breakers offer spots in group breaks of cases or boxes of baseball cards. Fellow blogger Kerry of Cards on Cards held a rather unusual group break back in the middle of May. Rather than breaking cases or boxes of cards, Kerry offered up spots in a bunch of 2019 Topps of the Class packs. These 5-card packs were originally distrubuted by card shops to kids who brought in their report cards. Apparently some shops had extra packs.

2019 Topps of the Class Greats Gold TCG-23 (back)
2019 Topps of the Class Greats Gold TCG-23 (back)

Some packs even had a serial-numbered insert card inside. So I signed up for Kerry’s group break and was lucky enough to claim the Dodgers. Even luckier, I came away with the only insert card of the break (the Clayton Kershaw card above #’d 252/299). Of the four Dodgers featured in the base set I got two of them (Kerry also sent a bonus 2019 Allen & Ginter insert #BSS-34 Kershaw):

2019 Topps of the Class TC-45
2019 Topps of the Class TC-45
2019 Topps of the Class TC-48
2019 Topps of the Class TC-48
2019 Topps Allen & Ginter BSS-34
2019 Topps Allen & Ginter BSS-34

Well, you certainly can’t go wrong with Cody Bellinger and Walker Buehler. The other two Dodger base cards that I did not get are Clayton Kershaw and Cory Seager. As you may have noticed, the base card design is based on the 2019 Topps Big League design. Of course the product logo and numbering have been changed. Looks like I just may have to go try to complete this set.

But the fun at Kerry’s blog doesn’t end there. Kerry has also been hosting Free Stuff Fridays, too. Kerry has not only offered up some great cards but also hobby magazine card panels/sheets and even entire boxed traded sets. So a couple weeks ago, I saw that he was offering some more Topps of the Class, a few 2018 National Baseball Card Day and a Topps flagship insert. Of course I had to take him up on these:

2019 Topps Update 1984 Topps Baseball Blue #84-47, 2019 Topps of the Class TC-4 & TC-84, 2018 National Baseball Card Day #12, 19 & 23
2019 Topps Update 1984 Topps Baseball Blue #84-47, 2019 Topps of the Class TC-4 & TC-84, 2018 National Baseball Card Day #12, 19 & 23

A big thank you and a big Stadium Fantasium standing ovation go out to Kerry. So far I’ve got about a half-dozen cards from Kerry’s want lists set aside for him. As soon as I find a couple more, they will be sent on their way to Kerry’s mailbox. I’ve updated a couple of my want lists and will add want lists soon of the sets mentioned above.

Speaking of National Baseball Card Day, Topps has announced details of the 2020 National Baseball Card Day promotion. On Saturday August 8th, customers at participating hobby shops will receive one free pack of cards. Additional bonus cards of Peter Alonso (Week 1) and Yordan Alvarez (Week 2) will be available with an additional $10 purchase. Around this same time, Target and Walmart stores will also be selling 2020 Topps Chrome hanger boxes with a free pack of NBCD cards inside.

In past years, Topps would also distribute packs of team-specific NBCD cards at MLB games across the country. So far it is not clear if we will see that this year. The Topps announcement does have a “Topps NBCD MLB Stadium Giveaway Dates” link but as of this writing, it links to a list of 2019 dates. (Somebody’s trippin’.)

I do like Topps NBCD cards and it’s likely I’ll go after this set too.

Will you be trying to obtain 2020 National Baseball Card Day cards in August?

Stay tuned…

Games People Play (on Trading Card Database)

We all love hosting/participating in various contests on the hobby blogs, right? (However, my annual Rose Bowl contest may be in jeopardy.) Various members of the hobby website, Trading Card Database (aka TCDb), also have contests every so often. Although I’ve often used TCDb for research purposes since the early 2010’s, I officially became a member in February 2018. Since then I’ve found myself spending more and more of my time there, especially on the forums. There always seems to be a contest of some kind going on at the TCDb forums and I recently took second place in one of them.

TCDb guru vrooomed (aka Dan) created an extremely original and enjoyable contest called “vrooomed’s Super Duper Scavenger Hunt #2 (this was the second edition of the contest). In this particular contest, entrants had to solve some very convoluted sports-oriented trivia questions (somewhat like a scavenger hunt) and answer with links to various cards found on TCDb. The contest lasted five days (one trivia question per day) and getting the correct answers was definitely more difficult and time-consuming than a simple Google lookup (and Google was definitely needed to come up with answers).

Both vrooomed and esteemed TCDB member griffey423 provided lots of prize cards for the five contest winners. Here’s what I won:

2019 Panini The National VIP #FT, #EJ, 2018 Topps Gallery #HOF-18, 2016 Panini Contenders Draft Picks #71, 2015-16 Panini Gold Standard AU #148 #'d 68/79, 2017 Panini Black Friday #39
2019 Panini The National VIP #FT, #EJ, 2018 Topps Gallery #HOF-18, 2016 Panini Contenders Draft Picks #71, 2015-16 Panini Gold Standard AU #148 #'d 68/79, 2017 Panini Black Friday #39
2016 Upper Deck Winter #W10, 2012-13 Panini Rookie Anthology #65, 2019 Upper Deck The National VIP Prominent Cuts #VIP-1, 2018 Upper Deck Goodwin Champions #145
2016 Upper Deck Winter #W10, 2012-13 Panini Rookie Anthology #65, 2019 Upper Deck The National VIP Prominent Cuts #VIP-1, 2018 Upper Deck Goodwin Champions #145

Although I don’t own other cards from the above card products, I’m really impressed by these cards. The Panini Sampson card is rather thick and serially numbered. And Gretzky and Woods (and the other non-baseball) cards? Those are my first of those athletes. And apparently some of these cards were exclusive to the 2019 National Sports Collectors Convention held in Chicago. But the prizes didn’t stop there.

2018 Topps #MLBA-27, #MLBA-43
2018 Topps Salute #TS-56
2018 Topps #TS-56

While the first 10 cards above were provided by the generosity of griffey423, these last three cards were awarded by vrooomed and they are definitely insert set needs for my 2018 Topps set.

Fun fact: vrooomed is also an avid reader of the hobby blogosphere and sometimes I’ll find that he has commented on some fellow blogger’s posts (just in case you thought the name “vrooomed” sounded familiar).

And with that, we give a hearty Stadium Fantasium standing ovation to both vrooomed and griffey423 for the contest, the prizes and everything they do for the members of the Trading Card Database. If you’re not already a member of TCDb (www.tcdb.com), I highly suggest you sign up. In the meantime, stay tuned…

Lucky (Serial) Number

Just for one day I thought I’d write a short post to share an incredible purchase from one of my favorite places to buy cards. At first glance it may appear to be a normal 1988 Score baseball card of an Atlanta Braves HOFer. But this one is serial numbered in a very unusual way:

Serial #'d 1988 Score #555 front
Serial #'d 1988 Score #555 front
Serial #'d 1988 Score #555 back
Serial #'d 1988 Score #555 back

I didn’t even know that Score had issued a serial #’d version of this card but when it was offered for $41.20 delivered, I had to jump on it. Now I gotta dig out my 1988 Score baseball cards and see if any of those are also serial #’d. I’ll keep you posted if I find any. Stay tuned…

House of Fun (Fridays)

In case you hadn’t heard, John over at Johnny’s Trading Spot has been running a nifty contest each Friday for quite a while now and it is quite fun, too. I just recently started participating and won some nice cards which I’ll share here:

Allen & Ginter mini cards
2012 Allen & Ginter #86 & 2013 Allen & Ginter #321
2013 Allen & Ginter mini NNO #'d /25, front and back
2013 Allen & Ginter mini NNO #'d /25, front and back

Yes, I won a nice pile of assorted Allen & Ginter mini cards and some Gypsy Queen mini cards. There was even a tough-to-pull Artie Lange (non-numbered) with the Baseball back #’d to 25.

More Allen & Ginter cards
More Allen & Ginter minis: 2015 #189, #106, MM-2, 2014 #ITU-09, 2016 FF-8
Gypsy Queen minis: 2015 #10 and #179, 2016 #295 and #280
Gypsy Queen minis: 2015 #10 and #179, 2016 #295 and #280

So those were the mini cards I won the first time I entered John’s Fun Fridays contest. But John wasn’t done yet. Included in the envelope with the mini cards was this surprise:

Surprise 1967 Topps #72 Tommy John (front and back)
Surprise 1967 Topps #72 Tommy John (front and back)

Tommy John became one of my favorite players when he joined the Dodgers in the early 70’s so this was a very nice surprise–which now has the conspiracy theorist in me wondering. Is it just coincidence that John sent a card of a player with a last name that’s the same as John’s first name? Hmmm…

So then at the beginning of March, John held signups for more Fun Friday contests and I signed up. I had to wait until the third Friday in March to play but I got first choice. So Friday morning arrives and I check Johnny’s blog to see if he’s started the game–nope, not yet. Checking previous contests, I see that John usually started the contests in the evening, so I made a mental note to check John’s blog later.

Doh! With virtually most everything closing down and other coronavirus developments (and dinner) getting all of my attention, my mental note got pushed down to the bottom of my mental desk and I forgot about checking in with John’s blog. By the time I remembered, my turn had been skipped. But the good news is that John still sent a consolation prize:

Six cards from the 30-card 1994 Post cereal set
Six cards from the 30-card 1994 Post cereal set

And with that, we give John a hearty Stadium Fantasium standing “O” for his generosity in having these contests. You rock John! Remember to check out John’s Johnny’s Trading Spot blog, wash your hands, stay home and stay tuned…

Pleasure and Pain (A Review of 2020 Topps Series 1)

2020 Topps Series 1 Jumbo Box - Side view

It took a couple of weeks but I’ve finally got this review done. I actually got myself a Jumbo box of 2020 Series 1 on the day the product was officially released (Wednesday February 5). Busting this box was both awesome and disappointing, mostly because this happened:

The Pleasure: 2020 Topps Reverence Autograph Patch #TRAP-NA #'d 8/10
The Pleasure: 2020 Topps Reverence Autograph Patch #TRAP-NA #'d 8/10
The Pain: Damaged 2020 Topps Series 1 base cards in the middle of a freshly opened jumbo pack
The Pain: Damaged 2020 Topps Series 1 base cards in the middle of a freshly opened jumbo pack

So yeah, upon opening the first pack, I was not happy to see that a bunch of cards near the middle were damaged, apparently during the manufacturing/packing process. What’s worse is that every pack in the box had similar damage. The somewhat good news is that none of the insert cards had this damage. It was the horizontal base cards that had been damaged. In total, there were 57 cards in the box that had been damaged in this manner. A few of the vertical base cards had bent corners too but not as bad as these.

More damaged 2020 Topps Series 1 cards
More damaged 2020 Topps Series 1 cards in the middle of a jumbo pack
All of the damaged horizontal base cards from one jumbo box
All of the damaged horizontal base cards from one jumbo box

So this box did not have a promising start but it got much better. I am thoroughly impressed by the photography of this set.

Compelling catcher cards--very nice job Topps!
Compelling catcher cards--very nice job Topps!

I would have loved to have shown the Austin Barnes (Dodger catcher) card with the catchers pictured above but it was one of the horizontal damaged cards. That card appears to show Austin pursuing a runner in a rundown between third base and home at the Giants’ home park (not sure what they’re calling it this year).

Fascinating fielding cards--have the Blue Jays started their own "Bo Knows" campaign yet?
Fascinating fielding cards--have the Blue Jays started their own "Bo Knows" campaign yet?

I’m really glad to see that Topps flagship has stepped up it’s photography game. The images look much less processed and artificial compared to last year’s images. As I wrote last year, the 2019 photos “slightly resemble a screenshot from a video game or an outtake from the movie “300” “. This year’s photos may still look a bit “processed” but they are a significant improvement over last year. Shot selection is dynamite, too. Plus you gotta love how a bit of the player image overlaps the graphic design on some cards (such as the Bo Bichette card above on the top left).

Outstanding outfielder shots--oh wow!
Outstanding outfielder shots--oh wow!

Of course, not every base card is as spectacular as the cards I’m showing here. But there are plenty.

Bodacious batting cards--Alert! It's a Rangers base card sighting!
Bodacious batting cards--Alert! It's a Rangers base card sighting!

Did you happen to catch any of Topps’ Million Card Rip Party? I watched a good portion of it and one of their spokespersons explained why there was only one Rangers base card in Series 1. She revealed that they wanted to produce the Series 2 Rangers base cards featuring the new Globe Life Field logo. I’m pretty sure it will be one of these:

Meanwhile, the Rangers did announce that the logo on the right will be worn on the right sleeve of the Rangers uniform throughout the 2020 season.

Getting back to the cards…

A buschel of base cards featuring base running--it's like a smorgasboard of emotion.
A buschel of base cards featuring base running--it's like a smorgasboard of emotion.

Some other Series 1 reviewers have remarked how the design of this set reminds them of Bowman cards. Personally, I don’t purchase/collect Bowman or even pay any attention to Bowman product. Bowman is just not in the scope of my collecting pursuits. So whenever I look at the new design here, I don’t think/see Bowman. In that regard, I think the design is good but could’ve been much better. The parallelogram graphics containing the name and team logo should have been placed horizontally at the top or bottom of the image. Same goes for the horizontal cards. It’s a bit incongruent and just weird to have the name plate turned 90 degrees from the team logo. The very small size of the players’ position designation just adds to the frustration.

Hunky-dory horizontal cards--can you spot the Tattooine card?
Hunky-dory horizontal cards--can you spot the Tattooine card?

So when we put these cards in a binder, the horizontal cards will have the name upside down (unless you don’t mind the horizontal card backs aligned in the opposite direction of the vertical card backs). That’s another pain. Other than that, I do like the parallogram design elements a lot. I also like that some of it is semitransparent. Overall, I have mixed feelings about this design.

2020 Topps Series 1 Dodgers with a couple of rainbow foil parallels
2020 Topps Series 1 Dodgers with a couple of rainbow foil parallels

Pardon me while I indulge in showing off the Dodger cards. The rainbow foil cards of the last couple of years look extra good for some reason. I use these and other parallels to fill out the set binder pages (team-sorted of course).

More 2020 Topps Series 1 Dodgers including insert cards
More 2020 Topps Series 1 Dodgers including insert cards

I was totally amazed to pull a premium auto/relic from this box. This Topps Reverence card is gorgeous. Here’s a closer look at it:

2020 Topps Reverence Autograph Patch #TRAP-NA #'d 8/10
2020 Topps Reverence Autograph Patch #TRAP-NA #'d 8/10
The back of 2020 Topps Reverence Autograph Patch #TRAP-NA #'d 8/10

It would’ve been cooler if I had gotten the Clayton Kershaw version of this card but this one is still a keeper. And then this box also yielded a Platinum parallel 1/1.

2020 Topps #185 Johnny Cueto Platinum parallel 1/1
2020 Topps #185 Johnny Cueto Platinum parallel 1/1
Back of 2020 Topps #185 Johnny Cueto Platinum parallel

If it weren’t for the “1/1” stamped on the back of the card, I still wouldn’t be sure that it is really a Platinum parallel. It just doesn’t look like a special card that really grabs your attention, much like the card backs.

Speaking of the card backs, the parallogram graphic looks good but lacks the color of the one on the front. I do like that Topps includes “SERIES ONE” just above the card number. However, more improvement can be made if the variation cards were to say “SHORT PRINT” or “SUPER SHORT PRINT” by the card number, much like Topps Heritage now say “ACTION” or “ERROR” under the card number. Those CMP codes at the bottom of the card just put too much strain on the eyes, especially with that gray background.

Let’s talk about more insert cards, shall we?

35th Anniversary 1985 Topps
35th Anniversary 1985 Topps

These 1985 Topps 35th Anniversary cards are not bad. I was never a big fan of the 1985 design but the quality photography really helps this design look more attractive. Seeing this design with a blue border and other border colors is also very nice. These inserts are the most plentiful (11 total in my 10 jumbo packs) but there’s 100 to collect of these just in Series 1. Expect another 100 more in Series 2.

More 2010 Topps Series 1 insert cards
More 2010 Topps Series 1 insert cards

It’s not obvious to me but the die-cut insert cards are the “Decade of Dominance” insert set. Die-cut cards are always cool with me. They are definitely different from regular insert cards. There’s only 20 of these cards in this Series 1 set but they are tough pulls.

Next we have one of the more unpopular Topps insert sets around. These Topps Now Review 2019  inserts are basically pictures of cards. These cards are perceived by most as little more than advertisements for Topps NOW cards. Topps NOW cards seem to be very popular among some collectors but not with me. Player/team collectors may find these indispensable–or not. I love insert sets but I won’t be collecting this one.

2010 Topps Series 1 Decades Best insert cards
2010 Topps Series 1 Decades Best insert cards

Here we have one of the more attractive inserts Topps has produced for it’s flagship product. Excellent shot selection, photography, theme and graphics add up to a perfect insert card set. Except for Decades Best card #DB-24. As I wrote in a recent blog post (February 2nd):

…This card (most likely numbered DB-24) shows Sandy Koufax and more Dodgers celebrating their 1963 World Series-clinching victory against the New York Yankees. This is great except for the fact the Dodgers don’t wear RED numbers on their backs.

So far I have not pulled this card as of this writing but it could very well be my favorite card of the year if the photo had been colorized properly (the original photo was black and white).

This is also a 100-card insert set which will be very difficult for me to complete but I’m going for it. This insert set will also be continued in Series 2. Topps knows they’ve got a great insert set here because they will be including one 2-pack of Decades Best Chrome as a boxloader in Series 2 jumbo boxes. I can’t wait to see those.

2020 Topps Decades' Best #DB-24
2020 Topps Decades' Best #DB-24
More 2020 Topps Series 1 goodness
More 2020 Topps Series 1 goodness

As you can see above, I got three of the gold parallel cards and two of them were of Jason Kipnis (serial #’d 1353 and 1354 out of 2020). I don’t really mind this. I’m sure I could trade one of them away for another insert card I need. And in case you didn’t notice, the “gold” in these cards is actually closer to brown than gold.

The manu-relic from this box is a Jumbo Jersey Sleeve Patch featuring Rafael Devers. For a manu-relic these look pretty decent. Don’t think these patches were actually worn on any ballplayer’s sleeve.

The Home Run Challenge card design is rather unconventional in that the lower 40% of the player image is obscured by the HRC logo, the namplate, an orange stripe and the words “HOME RUN CHALLENGE”. And what’s up with the background design? I’m not sure what Topps was trying to achieve there. Still, it’s not going to stop me from collecting these cards and guessing what game George Springer will hit a home run. I did this last year with only two cards and won a special Gary Sanchez HRC card. I may have to show that card on the blog some day.

Still more 2020 Topps Series 1 goodness (with an extra peek at the Cueto 1/1)
Still more 2020 Topps Series 1 goodness (with an extra peek at the Cueto 1/1)

The Decades Next insert card design does not resemble the Decades Best design and that’s okay. These cards use a horizontal format and look alright. But I’d rather not have the gold half of the “2020” be layered on top of the player. And why couldn’t the gold parallels use that gold gradient used in the “2020”?

That Major League Materials card of Ozzie Albies is real cool, mainly because the swatch color matches the jersey color in the picture. It’s not evident in the card scan but the right side of the card and the player are glossy while the player background is a matte finish. It looks terrific in hand.

Gold foil parallels from 2020 Topps Series 1
Gold foil parallels from 2020 Topps Series 1

Here’s something new for 2020. Here we have gold foil parallels of the base card. The scans of the regular rainbow foil and gold foil cards don’t do them justice. These very, very attractive cards. Topps knows us collectors love colorful and shiny!

Despite getting a bunch of damaged base cards, I’m still pretty happy with this box. My luck is never this good. I feel like I got somebody else’s box. In fact, I’m pretty sure it’s my best box break ever. But wait, there’s more!

2020 Topps - Silver Pack 1985 Topps Chrome Baseball
2020 Topps - Silver Pack 1985 Topps Chrome Baseball

Jumbo boxes include two 4-packs of Silver Pack 1985 Chrome cards and one of those packs had a Mike Trout gold parallel #’d 34/50. In hand, this is an awesomely beautiful card. The Turkey Red 2020 Box Topper (oversized) card is also pretty cool:

2020 Topps Silver Pack 1985 Topps Chrome #OTR-28
2020 Topps Silver Pack 1985 Topps Chrome #OTR-28

Overall there’s many things to like about 2020 Series 1 and a few things that could have been improved on. I’ve read virtually all of the other reviews and the majority of them give this product a thumbs up with some reservations. In case you want to read more reviews and pack/box breaks, here you go:

Date
Website
Article Title
2/5/2020Blowout CardsBuzz Break: 2020 Topps Series 1 baseball cards (hobby box)
2/6/2020Collector’s Crack2020 Topps Series 1 – First Taste
2/6/2020the cardboard review.2020 Topps Baseball Series One Review
2/7/2020Base Set CallingIt was hard, and I largely failed
2/7/2020Blowout CardsBuzz Break: 2020 Topps Series 1 baseball cards (blaster box)
2/7/2020Cardboard GreatsThe Start of Something New
2/7/2020Night Owl CardsSatisfactory
2/8/2020cards as I see them2020 finally arrived
2/8/2020Mint ConditionTwo Blasters of 2020 Topps Series 1
2/8/2020Sports Card Info(3) 2020 Topps Series 1 Baseball Jumbo Pack Break
2/8/2020The Phillies RoomThe First Phillie of 2020: A 10-Year Low
2/8/2020Wax Pack Hero2020 Topps Series 1 Set Review and Checklist
2/9/2020Blowout CardsBuzz Break: 2020 Topps Series 1 baseball cards (hanger box)
2/9/2020Dodger Cardboard & Other Random Finds1st encounter with 2020 Topps
2/9/2020The Lost CollectorA positive Series One experience
2/9/2020The Collective MindHoping Bigger Is Better
2/10/2020Cards on Cards133 Card Rip Party
2/10/2020Diamond JestersFirst Impressions – 2020 Topps Series 1
2/10/2020Dime Boxes–The Low-End Baseball Card Collector’s JourneyCertainties
2/10/2020Wrigley WaxMy First Topps 2020 Cards
2/11/2020Blowout CardsBuzz Break: 2020 Topps Series 1 baseball cards (blaster box)
2/11/2020Bravestarr CardsBreaking Blaster: 2020 Topps Series 1
2/11/2020Sports Card Info2020 Topps Series 1 Baseball Hobby Box Break & Review
2/11/2020Sports Card CollectorsCARDBOARD REVIEW:2020 Topps Series 1 Baseball 
2/12/2020All Cardinals All The TimeSaid I Would Not, But Did Anyway
2/12/2020Base Card HeroFinally, 2020 Topps Series 1
2/12/2020Wrigley WaxMy First 2020 Topps Cubs Cards
2/13/2020Cardboard Collections30 Year Collecting Anniversary / Box Break: 2020 Topps
2/13/2020Four Baggers and Foreclosures2020 Topps Series 1 Hobby Jumbo Box Break (Sorta…)
2/13/2020Section 362020 Topps Series 1 Blaster!
2/13/2020Wrigley WaxA Couple More 2020 Topps Cubs
2/14/2020Nothing If Not Random2020 Topps Baseball Blaster
2/14/2020Wrigley Roster JengaThe Monkey’s Out of the Bottle
2/15/2020LV’s TTM autographs and Baseball Cards2020 Topps
2/15/2020Cardboard GreatsA 3-Blaster Series 1 Recap Part #1

2/17/2020

2/21/2020

Cardboard Greats

Sportscards from the Dollar Store

The Series 1 Highlights

Late to the Series 1 Party

Topps does have a customer service phone number that some customers have used to replace damaged product so I think I might do that. In any case, this box gave me more pleasure than pain so I give 2020 Topps Series 1 an 8.3 out of 10.  Stay tuned…

Something (from A Cracked Bat)

Mail day from A Cracked Bat
Mail Day from A Cracked Bat
Mail Day from A Cracked Bat

Happy Valentine’s Day! Last month, hobby blogger extraordinaire Julie of A Cracked Bat posted a boatload of images of baseball cards that she was offering up free for the asking (limited to nine cards per person). So I went ahead and took her up on her offer. Julie also surprised me with a couple of cards from my 2018 Topps Heritage want list.

2019 Topps Rainbow Foil #15 and #614, 2019 Topps Heritage Now And Then NT-6 (Trevor Bauer)
2019 Topps Rainbow Foil #15 and #614, 2019 Topps Heritage Now And Then NT-6 (Trevor Bauer)
2017 Topps Update Untouchables #U-11, 2003 Topps Own the Game #JOG-3 and 2018 Topps Archives #268
2017 Topps Update Untouchables #U-11, 2003 Topps Own the Game #JOG-3 and 2018 Topps Archives #268
2000 Topps Hank Aaron Reprints #1 and 1997 Topps Willie Mays Reprints #13
2000 Topps Hank Aaron Reprints #1 and 1997 Topps Willie Mays Reprints #13

I love collecting the Hank Aaron and Willie Mays reprint cards. I think I have about half of each set. I really need to inventory them and put them in binders along with the main 1997 and 2000 Topps sets.

2018 Topps Heritage #427 & #488 & NAP-1
2018 Topps Heritage #427 & #488 & NAP-1

The two left-most 2018 Topps Heritage cards above (V-Mart and Jake Marisnick) were the two want list cards that Julie sent—so thoughtful! Those two cards are short prints and I now need less than 50 short prints to complete that portion of the set.

That reminds me, I still need to get together a trade list and want list for my 2018 Topps High Number cards. And then I gotta make room for 2020 Topps Heritage while still working on completing 2019 Topps Heritage. It’s always something

Don’t Get Me Wrong (Topps)

2020 Topps (cropped screenshot)

(Edited 2/13/2020) If you’re like me, you can’t wait for Topps Series 1 to be released. (In case you didn’t know, Topps Series 1 official release date is Wednesday February 5th.) Besides opening up the packs and beginning the process of building the set, I also enjoy reading reviews of this product. Past reviews have always been very informative and bring to light some errors/variations/peculiarities in these cards. In fact, there already seems to be a pretty major mistake in the Series 1 checklist. Tthe Twitterverse and hobby blogosphere (see Night Owl’s The lone Ranger post) have already noted that the 2020 Topps Series 1 checklist has only one Rangers base card in it. I’m pretty sure Rangers fans are not happy about that. The case breakers and some of their customers probably aren’t happy about it either.

2020 Topps Decades' Best #DB-24
2020 Topps Decades' Best #DB-24

Moving along, here we have an image of one of the yet-to-be- now-released Series 1 Decades Best insert cards. Is it just me or is there another Topps goof in this card image? This card (most likely numbered DB-24) shows Sandy Koufax and more Dodgers celebrating their 1963 World Series-clinching victory against the New York Yankees. This is great except for the fact the Dodgers don’t wear RED numbers on their backs.

I obtained this image from a screenshot of a Topps video called “Breaking 101: How to Join a Group Break“. The video promotes joining the Series 1 case breaks at the Topps Million Card Rip Party (held at Dallas’ AT&T Stadium on Tuesday February 4th). The card appears in the 85-second video at about the 1:03 mark.

Here’s the original black-and-white photo from Getty Images:

From Getty Images (Original Caption) 10/6/1963-Los Angeles, CA: Los Angeles Dodger pitcher Sandy Koufax is mobbed by his teammates, after winning the fourth straight World Series game against the New York Yankees.
From Getty Images (Original Caption) 10/6/1963-Los Angeles, CA: Los Angeles Dodger pitcher Sandy Koufax is mobbed by his teammates, after winning the fourth straight World Series game against the New York Yankees.

Back in 1964, Topps did it right. The 1964 Topps World Series Summary card #140 photo may be a little fuzzy but there doesn’t appear to be any glaring errors here. Sandy Koufax is being mobbed by teammates wearing blue numbers on their backs–as he should be.

1964 Topps #140
1964 Topps #140

From the few mockups I’ve seen so far, the Decades Best insert cards look very attractive. I’m really looking forward to trying to complete the Series 1 100-card insert set. Of course this insert set will be continued in Series 2, most likely with an additional 100 cards. Series 2 jumbo boxes will even include 2-card packs of chrome versions of Decades Best as a boxloader.

2020 Topps Decades Best Willie Mays
2020 Topps Decades Best Willie Mays
2020 Topps Decades Best Ken Griffey Jr.
2020 Topps Decades Best Ken Griffey Jr.

The 2020 Topps Series 1 checklist lists two Decades Best cards featuring the Dodgers. Will the second card , numbered DB-85, have a similar error? I doubt it. I expect it will use a photo that was originally in color and not need to be colorized.

But how about Series 2? Will there be a similar error card? If so, will it be a Dodgers card or another team? Or will Topps have the time and resources to find and correct a similar error? If we’re lucky, there will not be an error card in Series 2. If we’re even luckier, the actual Series 1 Decades Best 1960s Dodgers card will be flawless and only the mockup will be flawed. Will we also see more Rangers base cards than any other team in Series 2?

For now we will wait and see. As Chrissie Hynde of the Pretenders sings it,

It might just be fantastic
Don’t get me wrong

Stay tuned…

Night Owl (Cards)

Continuing the Backlog of Cards Sent to Me From Generous People series of blog posts, last month none other than Night Owl sent over a big stack of Dodgers awesomeness. It was quite a surprise to say the least–cards from all over the baseball card spectrum. Relics, patches, autos (IP even!), inserts, shiny, die-cut, vintage, oddball, serial-numbered, parallels, rookie cards, wrapper redemptions, online exclusives–they’re all here. Even a Ron Cey card is here. Here’s a sampling of what was sent:

2015 Stadium Club Legends Die-Cuts #LDC-03 and 2012 Topps Gold Rush #55
2015 Stadium Club Legends Die-Cuts #LDC-03 and 2012 Topps Gold Rush (Wrapper Redemption) #55
2006 Fleer Greats of the Game Dodger Greats Memorabilia #LAD-MW
2006 Fleer Greats of the Game - Dodger Greats Memorabilia #LAD-MW
2013 Topps - Chasing History Relics #CHR-HR
2013 Topps - Chasing History Relics #CHR-HR
2003 Topps 205 - Relics #TR-KI
2003 Topps 205 - Relics #TR-KI
2003 UD Sweet Spot - Patches #HN1
2003 UD Sweet Spot - Patches #HN1
2017 Topps Chrome - Rookie Autographs #RA-RS, 2017 Donruss Optic #14, 2018 Donruss Optic Purple #172
2017 Topps Chrome - Rookie Autographs #RA-RS, 2017 Donruss Optic #14, 2018 Donruss Optic Purple #172
2019 Topps NBCD #14, 2019 Panini Diamond Kings -2004 DK Retro Set #DK04-CK, 2014 Stadium Club - Field Access #FA-18, 2018 Topps - MLB Awards #MLBA-4, 2016 Topps Update - Fire #F-1, 2018 Topps - Legends in the Making Black #LTM-YD
2019 Topps NBCD #14, 2019 Panini Diamond Kings -2004 DK Retro Set #DK04-CK, 2014 Stadium Club - Field Access #FA-18, 2018 Topps - MLB Awards #MLBA-4, 2016 Topps Update - Fire #F-1, 2018 Topps - Legends in the Making Black #LTM-YD
2018 NBCD (SGA) #LAD-5, 2018 Topps - Target Cody Bellinger Highlights #CB-18, 2019 Donruss #133, 2019 Topps Total #133, 2016 Topps Archives - 1969 Topps Super #TS-JP, 2011 Bowman - Green #82 (serial #'d 217/450)
2002 Leaf - Press Proofs Red #28, 2007 Topps - Red Back #271, 2005 Donruss - Production Line OPS #PL-3 (serial #'d 983/1017, 1995 Leaf #267, 1995 Topps Traded & Rookies #40T, 1993 SP #98
2002 Leaf - Press Proofs Red #28, 2007 Topps - Red Back #271, 2005 Donruss - Production Line OPS #PL-3 (serial #'d 983/1017, 1995 Leaf #267, 1995 Topps Traded & Rookies #40T, 1993 SP #98
1987 Fleer #460 (IP autographed!), 1988 Topps #550, 1988 Leaf #122
1987 Fleer #460, 1988 Topps #550, 1988 Leaf #122
1978 Topps #630, 1978 Topps #168, 1979 O-Pee-Chee #178, 1971 Topps #188, 1971 Topps #145
1978 Topps #630, 1978 Topps #168, 1979 O-Pee-Chee #178, 1971 Topps #188, 1971 Topps #145

I’m pretty sure these cards were sent in response to the complete run of 2018 Topps Dodgers 60th Anniversary stadium giveaway cards I sent to Night Owl. I’m flattered that he kept me in mind all this time. So from one diehard Dodger fan to another, we give a rousing Stadium Fantasium standing ovation to Night Owl. Huzzah! Thanks so much! Stay tuned…

Happy (“Season of Giving” – Nachos Grande)

Note from Nachos Grande

Last month I was happy to receive a package of cards in the mail from esteemed fellow blogger Chris of Nachos Grande. Chris was kind enough to take some time to look through the few want lists I have on this blog and gifted me these great-looking cards (the 1969 Topps design is my 2nd favorite Topps design of all time):

Cards from Nachos Grande

Most of these cards are from 2018 Topps Heritage–Topps did a really great job of recreating the 1969 Topps baseball design (although it would have been even more faithful to the ’69 set if the team name of the Astros cards was actually “HOUSTON”). Chris also included an insert card from the 2018 Topps flagship set. I thought it was so cool that it was a 35th Anniversary 1983 Topps Barry Larkin, seeing that Chris has a huge Barry Larkin PC. Obviously, this was a duplicate and I’m grateful for it and all the others.

This was not the first time I received cards from Chris, as noted here in a previous Stadium Fantasium post. A big Stadium Fantasium standing ovation goes out to Chris! btw, I’m also happy that I’ve finally added my 2019 Topps Heritage trade list to the Stadium Fantasium Trading Block, so take a look. Stay tuned…

Do You Remember (the Astrodome)

Mailday from Marc (Remember the Astrodome)

Back in December, I made a rather sizeable trade on Trading Card Database with Bru of the Marc Brubaker blog (formerly Remember the Astrodome). I sent Marc some ’90’s oddball cards (1990 Jumbo California Sunflower Seeds, 1993 Upper Deck Denny’s Holograms, 1996 Denny’s Holograms, a 2019 Topps Heritage Max Scherzer Candy Lid, a 2019 Topps Heritage Khris Davis Scratch-Off and a nice original 1969 Topps #458 Curt Blefary of the Astros). Marc sent me a big stack of cards I needed to move closer to completing various sets. Check ’em out:

Mail day from Bru (Remember the Astrodome)
Mail day from Bru (Remember the Astrodome)--love the packaging and the note!
A nice assortment of cards from Bru
A nice assortment of cards from Bru

Most of the cards I received are 2019 Topps Heritage (including a couple of short-prints) but I also received a 2018 Topps card and a 1996 Denny’s Hologram card of Tony Gwynn. I really love the 2019 Topps Heritage set and I’m happy that Marc put a huge dent in my want list. This set is about 87% complete. But tracking down those remaining short-print cards and those pesky Action Variation cards will take considerable time (and probably money). Still, at least I now have most of the inserts.

Scan of some the highlights of the trade

A warm Stadium Fantasium standing ovation goes out to Marc for this awesome trade. I look forward to more trades with Marc. Stay tuned…

Right Place, Wrong Time (for a Secret Santa Post)

2019 Secret Santa

Yes, I should have posted my Secret Santa gift last month but rumor has it that it’s better late than never. Thanks to Jon of A Pennysleeve for your Thoughts, a total of 32 card bloggers and Trading Card Database (TCDB) members had a Secret Santa gift exchange. My Secret Santa turned out to be a longtime TCDB member/guru who goes by the user name “vroomed”. If I remember correctly, I received my gift one or two weeks before Christmas. vroomed sent a nice stack of Dodgers cards from various products:

Assorted 2014 Topps Heritage Dodger cards
Assorted 2014 Topps Heritage Dodger cards

Whoa, some impressive 2016 Topps Heritage cards here including two Chrome (Kershaw and Puig), a Purple Chrome, and Action Variation and a relic card!

More assorted Dodgers cards
More assorted Dodgers cards

All of the above cards look really nice. I especially appreciate that vroomed sent me some serial-numbered cards including the 2015 Topps Gold Brandon League.

Yet more Dodgers cards and a sticker
Yet more Dodgers cards and a sticker

The Bowman’s Best Hi Def Heritage Atomic Refractor Corey Seager is a very thick card. The two Chasing History inserts are from the 2013 Topps Mini set. The Sandy Koufax insert is a 1987 Topps Mini insert from the 2012 Topps flagship set. The Fernando Valenzuela is a 1985 O-Pee-Chee sticker. Thanks so much, vroomed!

Both vroomed and Jon deserve a super Stadium Fantasium standing ovation and sincere gratitude for the Secret Santa gift exchange–you guys rock!

Every 1’s a Winner

2020 Rose Bowl score

Hooboy, what a game! The 2020 Rose Bowl game turned out to be a nip-and-tuck back-and-forth classic with Oregon finally winning 28-27.

B-2 Flyover at the 2020 Rose Bowl
B-2 Flyover at the 2020 Rose Bowl
2020 Rose Bowl
2020 Rose Bowl

And speaking of winning, our contest features four contestants competing in our three mini-contests. They are:

And here are the contest results:

Congratulations to Mark for correctly choosing the game-winning team and being closest to the margin of victory! For Mark’s Gold Contest winnings, Mark will receive first choice of three of the contest prize lots (pictured below)!

And we have a tie! Both Jon and Mark predicted that Wisconsin would be leading at halftime by three and both were exactly right. Both will get two prize lots. Since Jon posted his prediction prior to Mark posting his prediction, Jon will choose his Silver Contest winnings before Mark chooses his Silver Contest winnings.

Bronze Contest Winner - Matt!

Congratulation to Matt for the closest prediction of Total Points Scored. Matt will receive his choice of one prize lot (after the Gold Contest winner and Silver Contest winners have chosen).

4th Place Winner - Bo!

We here at Stadium Fantasium really love the hobby community and our fellow bloggers. In that spirit, we can’t let fellow blogger Bo go empty-handed. So Bo will be receiving a pair of brand new 2020 Souvenir Rose Bowl cups. As the song says “Every 1’s a Winner“.

2020 Rose Bowl Game Souvenir Cup

The Prize Lots

A detailed description of the prize lots can be found in the original contest post.

Baseball Prize Lot #1
Baseball Prize Lot #1
Baseball Prize Lot #2
Baseball Prize Lot #2
Baseball Prize Lot #3
Baseball Prize Lot #3
Baseball Prize Lot #4
Baseball Prize Lot #4
Baseball Prize Lot #5
Baseball Prize Lot #5
Baseball Prize Lot #6 - Claimed
Baseball Prize Lot #6 - Claimed
Baseball Prize Lot #7 - Claimed
Baseball Prize Lot #7 - Claimed
Baseball Prize Lot #8 - Claimed
Baseball Prize Lot #8 - Claimed
Baseball Prize Lot #9 - Claimed
Baseball Prize Lot #9 - Claimed
Baseball Prize Lot #10 - Claimed
Baseball Prize Lot #10 - Claimed
Baseball Prize Lot #11 - Claimed
Baseball Prize Lot #11 - Claimed
Football Prize Lot #1- Claimed
Football Prize Lot #1- Claimed
Football Prize Lot #2- Claimed
Football Prize Lot #2- Claimed
Football Prize Lot #3
Football Prize Lot #3
Basketball Packs
Basketball Packs
Multi-sport/Non-sport Lot
Multi-sport/Non-sport Lot

My apologies for not posting the contest results sooner. Between working, attending a high school reunion/gathering and regular life activities, I’ve been pretty busy. And besides that, this post is one of the most elaborate, time-consuming posts I’ve ever put together but I really enjoyed putting it together.

Contest winners can let me know their choice of prize lots in the Comments section below (or via email). I will be updating winners’ prize lot claims in this post below as they become known.

Winners Winnings (Updated)

  1. First up is Mark to claim three prize lots for winning the Gold Contest. Mark has claimed Baseball Prize Lot #6 (Joe Jackson & Kyle Hendricks), Baseball Prize Lot #10 (Dodger SGA Pack & Pins) and Baseball Prize Lot #11 (Didi Gregorius Patch & 1989 Donruss A/S Pack).
  2. Then Jon will get to claim two prize lots for winning the Silver Contest and winning the tiebreaker. Jon has chosen Football Prize Lot #1 (1960 Topps #31 Cleveland Browns Team Card/Checklist with one sealed 9-card cello pack of 1993 Score Football cards and Football Prize Lot #2 (one complete boxed set of 1989 Topps Traded Football with one sealed 4-card cello promo pack containing a mix of 2005 Leaf Certified Material, Donruss Elite and Playoff.
  3. Mark then gets to claim two additional prize lots for being a co-winner of the Silver Contest. Mark claims Baseball Prize Lot #8 (2019 Update Box Topper, etc.) and Baseball Prize Lot #9 (2019 Finest Pack & 1989 Donruss Rack Pack).
  4. Then our Bronze Contest winner, Matt, will have a chance to claim a prize lot. Matt has claimed Baseball Prize Lot #7 (2017 Topps High Tek Autographs HT-CC Carlos Carrasco and one retail pack 2007 Fleer Baseball cards).
  5. Jon will then get to choose an additional prize lot because he helped promote the contest on his blog (which I really, really  appreciate!).

Stay tuned…