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 1960's LA Dodgers
2020 Topps Decades' Best 1960's LA Dodgers

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…