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 Prize Lot
Basketball Prize Lot
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…

Get Lucky (Rose Bowl Contest Update)

2020 Rose Bowl Souvenir Cups

Happy New Year! Just want to give a heads up here before the contest deadline (2:00 pm Pacific on January 1st). In addition to the choice of prizes (vintage cards, modern cards, etc.) in the main Rose Bowl contest post, each winner will also receive two brand new 2020 Souvenir Rose Bowl cups. These cups are normally only available to fans attending the Rose Bowl game in Pasadena upon the purchase of a soda. Each cup features the logos of Wisconsin, Oregon and the Rose Bowl.

Good luck to you!.

(2nd Annual) The Rose (Bowl Contest) – Closed

Rose Bowl neon sign

Merry Christmas, Season’s Greetings and Happy New Year! It’s time for Stadium Fantasium’s 2nd Annual Rose Bowl Contest! This will be the 106th edition of “The Granddaddy of Them All”. In case you hadn’t heard, this game will feature Pac-12 Conference champion Oregon (11-2 overall, 8-1 in conference) vs. Big 10 Conference runner-up Wisconsin (10-3 overall, 7-2 in conference).

The Contest

Similar to last year’s contest, there will be three winners (or more depending on ties) choosing from a prize pool of 16 lots.

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 their choice of three of the pictured prize lots!

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 their choice of two of the pictured prize lots (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 their choice of one pictured prize lot (after the Gold Contest winner and Silver Contest winner have chosen).

Feel free to enter all three contests. Entries may be in the following format:

Gold Contest: (School name) by #
Silver Contest: (School name) by #
Bronze Contest: # total points

You can even copy other entrants’ predictions without hurting their chances of winning. In the event of a tie, each tied winner will win. The earlier (tied) comment entry time stamp will get the earlier choice from the prize list.

Bonus Prize (pimp this contest)!

If you win one or more of the contests above AND pimp this contest in your blog before midnight Pacific time December 31st, then you win one additional pictured prize lot of your choice. Please leave a “pimp link” in the comments section. Bonus prize selection will take place after the Gold, Silver and Bronze winners have chosen their main contest prize lots.

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

The Prize List

Baseball:

  1. One vintage 1958 Topps #396 Dutch Dotterrer (Cincinnati Reds) and one sealed 3-card cello pack of 1991 Jimmy Dean with Rickey Henderson (Oakland A’s) showing on top
  2. One vintage 1966 Topps #128 Jim Landis (Cleveland Indians) and one sealed 18-card set of 1992 Score Proctor & Gamble All-Stars
  3. One vintage 1972 Topps #52 Harmon Killebrew In Action and one cello 3-card pack of 2009 Upper Deck First Edition (Tim Lincecum showing on top)
  4. One 2000 Royal Rookies Futures High Yield Autographs Colby Lewis #’d 1143/2500 and one 2019 Gypsy Queen Chrome boxtopper #4 Kyle Schwarber
  5. One 2005 Donruss Threads Century Proof Silver #5 Eddie Murray #’d 87/100 and one 2008 Topps Retail Relics TR-BG Brian Giles
  6. One 2008 Playoff Prime Cuts – Icons #36 “Shoeless” Joe Jackson #’s 1/25 and one 2019 Topps Chrome – Green Wave Refractor #185 Kyle Hendricks #’d 35/99
  7. One 2017 Topps High Tek Autographs HT-CC Carlos Carrasco and one retail pack 2007 Fleer
  8. One waxpack 1989 Pacific Legends II, one pack 1988 Topps Stickers and one sealed pack 2019 Topps Update Oversize 1984 boxtopper
  9. One pack 2019 Topps Finest and one rack pack 1989 Donruss (with Nolan Ryan showing)
  10. One 7-card stadium giveaway pack of 2018 Dodgers 60th Anniversary (1977 Topps design including Don Sutton) and two 2019 Union 76 Dodger pins
  11. One 2007 Topps Museum Collection Prime Pieces World Baseball Classic Prime Pieces WBCPR-DG Didi Gregorius and one waxpack 1989 Donruss All-Stars (Pop-up Puzzle & Cards)

Football:

  1. One vintage 1960 Topps #31 Cleveland Browns Team Card/Checklist and one sealed 9-card cello pack of 1993 Score Football cards (Troy Aikman showing on the front, Neil O’Donnell in back)
  2. One complete boxed set 1989 Topps Traded Football (132 cards) and one sealed 4-card cello promo pack containing a mix of  2005 Leaf Certified Material, Donruss Elite and Playoff
  3. One unopened) cello pack 2006 Donruss Frito Lay (appears to be three cards) and one pack 2007 Score

Basketball:

  1. One sealed promo pack 2009-10 Panini Adrenalyn XL (6 cards) and one sealed 2001-02 AT&T Upper Deck Los Angeles Clippers Team Set (9-card set)

Multi-sport/Non-sport

  1. One sealed pack of 2008 Upper Deck 20th Anniversary and one pack 1992 Lime Rock Mad Magazine Series 1
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
Baseball Prize Lot #6
Baseball Prize Lot #7
Baseball Prize Lot #7
Baseball Prize Lot #8
Baseball Prize Lot #8

 

Baseball Prize Lot #9
Baseball Prize Lot #9
Baseball Prize Lot #10
Baseball Prize Lot #10
Baseball Prize Lot #11
Baseball Prize Lot #11
Football Prize Lot #1
Football Prize Lot #1
Football Prize Lot #2
Football Prize Lot #2
Football Prize Lot #3
Football Prize Lot #3
Basketball Prize Lot
Basketball Prize Lot
Multi-sport/Non-sport Lot
Multi-sport/Non-sport Lot

Good luck!

Good luck!

Padrographs and Memories

Padrographs and Memories

Whew! My work schedule finally slowed down enough to let me get back to posting here again–thank goodness! I’m so behind on posting a ton of cards I’ve received in the last few months and expressing my gratitude. Now it’s time to begin catching up…

Back in late May, Rod of the great Padrographs blog offered up large stacks of cards sorted by team. Since the Dodgers cards were already spoken for, I requested Angels cards (my 2nd favorite team since they’re also in SoCal). Not only that, Rod also ran a contest with multiple winners and I won a prize. First, a rather large sampling of the 78 Angels cards that Rod sent…

2019 cards
Some 2019 Topps Series 1, Heritage, Opening Day and Donruss
Some 2019 Angels cards
More 2019 cards (Gypsy Queen, Big League, Total and Bowman)
2018 Angels cards from Topps flagship, Heritage and Big League
More 2018 Angels cards (Topps Archives, Gypsy Queen, Bowman Chrome and Topps Gallery)
Other assorted Angels cards from 2017 Topps Series 1, 2007 UD Future Stars, 2009 UD Series 1, 1993 Bowman, 1992 Topps and 1990 Topps

Rod was also kind enough to include a 2018 Topps Archives insert card of former Dodgers catcher Mike Piazza. And the 2009 Upper Deck Game Jersey card of Alex Gordon was my prize from the aforementioned Padrographs contest.

2018 Topps Archives Rookie History 24T
2018 Topps Archives Rookie History 24T
2009 Upper Deck -Game Jersey GJ-GO
2009 Upper Deck -Game Jersey GJ-GO

And with that, we give a hearty Stadium Fantasium standing ovation to Padrograph’s Rod. Thank you Rod!

And speaking of contests, look for Stadium Fantasium’s 2nd Annual Rose Bowl Contest coming soon. Stay tuned…

Back to Life (At the Game: Dodgers vs. Cardinals)

Dodger Scoreboard Aug 6 2019

Finally! The Dodgers have played over 100 games so far this season and on Tuesday, August 6th, I finally went to my first Dodgers game of the season. Working two jobs certainly reduces the time I spend at the stadium (not to mention my blog-writing time). But hey, things could be worse. I consider myself extremely lucky just to live near an MLB stadium with a team that’s done very well the past six seasons.

So the gf and I got to the stadium gates just before they opened up for the fans. We got to see the Cardinals batting practice.

So after watching Cardinals batting practice, we made our way up to our seats on the Reserve level. On the way, we were able stop by outside the press box named after legendary Dodger announcer Vin Scully.

As luck would have it, my day off to see this game also coincided with Clayton Kershaw pitching against the Cardinals. Apparently, actor Rob Lowe and country music superstar Brad Paisley had the night off too, because both were also there to see the game. And of course Tommy Lasorda and Sandy Koufax were there, too.

St. Louis Cardinals Lineup

    Dexter Fowler (S) RF

    Jose Martinez (R) RF

    Paul Goldschmidt (R) 1B

    Marcell Ozuna (R) LF

    Paul DeJong (R) SS

    Matt Carpenter (L) 3B

    Tommy Edman (S) 2B

    Andrew Knizner (R) C

    Miles Mikolas (R) P

Los Angeles Dodgers Lineup

    Joc Pederson (L) RF

    Max Muncy (L) 2B

    Justin Turner (R) 3B

    Cody Bellinger (L) RF

    Corey Seager (L) SS

    Will Smith (R) C

    Matt Beaty (L) LF

    Kristopher Negron (R) CF

    Clayton Kershaw (L) P

The weather was warm but not unbearably hot. (In fact, it got slightly chilly as night fell.) This was our view from our seats in the fifth row of Section 8…

The Cardinals jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the top of the 2nd inning but the Dodgers got a run in the bottom of the 2nd and one in the bottom of the 3rd.

Kershaw pitched a great seven innings, the Dodgers got an insurance run in the seventh and the bullpen pitched two scoreless innings with Kenley Jansen getting the save.

This was the Dodger’s fourth consecutive win and the Cardinal’s fourth consecutive loss. I’m so glad Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers got the win and I was there to see it. This game marked the 76th win for the Dodgers against 40 losses this season. 

Speaking of 76 wins, one of our local gas station chains (and long-time sponsor of the Dodgers) is running a pin giveaway promotion. Whenever I fill up with at least 8 gallons of gas, I get a voucher with a redemption code. I just enter the redemption code on the redemption website and a few weeks later, a cool Dodger pin arrives in my mailbox. These will end up going into the Stadium Fantasium Trading Block.

2019 Dodgers 76 pins

At this point, it looks like this will be the only Dodger game that I will attend this month. Next month looks better with potentially four games to attend. One of those games will be against Tampa Bay, one of the few teams I’ve never seen in person. I’m also looking forward to seeing the Dodgers vs the Colorado Rockies on Fan Appreciation Day, Sunday August 22. Stay tuned…

Things That Make You Go Hmmm

Stadium Fantasium “Wins” Cards From Cards On Cards

Some of you may remember that one of our most popular fellow bloggers, Kerry of Cards on Cards, had a College Bowl Pick’em Contest #10 back in December/January. A total of 28 people entered the contest. The first place winner won a 2019 Topps Series 1 blaster. The second prize winner would get a Priority Mail padded envelope full of cards from their favorite team/player(s)/etc. The entrant who ended up in last place would be the winner of the “Rhubarb Runner Trophy” and receive whatever Kerry felt like sending. As Kerry said on his contest post, “Be very afraid to finish last. I don’t advise it.” So guess who ended up in 28th (last) place in his contest?

2019 ESPN Bowl Pick 'em, Cards on Cards Group
2019 ESPN Bowl Pick ’em, Cards on Cards Group

Yes, I admit it was me. In no way did I try to finish last. I really wanted to win the Topps blaster because those are the cards I collect. I even did a half-hour’s worth of research (don’t laugh) on college football to help me with my picks. Alas, it was all for naught (except for the last place prize cards that Kerry sent as shown below).

Contest prize cards from Cards on Cards
Contest prize cards from Cards on Cards
  1. 2019 Topps Heritage #34 Cody Bellinger
  2. 2019 Topps Heritage #366 Matt Kemp AS
  3. 2019 Topps Heritage #5 Alex Wood
  4. 2019 Topps Heritage #197 NLCS Game 5
  1. 2017 Topps #685 Enrique Hernandez
  2. 2011 Topps Insert #HOT-7
  3. 2017 Topps Insert #MLBN-7 Sean Casey
  4. 2019 Topps Opening Day #48 Matt Kemp
  1. 1987 Topps #596 Steve Sax
  2. 1988 Topps #249 Mike Marshall
  3. 1990 Topps #426 Jeff Hamilton
  1. 1991 Topps #279 José Gonzalez
  2. 1991 Topps #367 Dave Walsh
  3. 1990 Topps #789 Tom Lasorda MGR
More contest prize cards from Cards on Cards
  1. 1983 Donruss Hall of Fame Heroes #2 Walter Johnson
  2. 1988 Donruss #475 Dave Anderson
  3. 2019 Donruss #245 Caleb Ferguson
  1. 2019 Donruss #37 Dennis Santana
  2. 2019 Donruss #53 Cody Bellinger
  3. 2019 Donruss #95 Justin Turner
More contest prize cards from Cards on Cards
  1. 2018 Topps Allen & Ginter #120 Cody Bellinger
  2. 2018 Topps Allen & Ginter #88 Kenta Maeda
  3. 2018 Topps Allen & Ginter #68 Yasiel Puig
  1. 2018 Topps Allen & Ginter #153 Sloane Stephens
  2. 2018 Topps Allen & Ginter #179 Tyronn Lue
More contest prize cards from Cards on Cards
  1. 1990 Leaf #16 Hubie Brooks
  2. 1990 Leaf #49 Mike Scioscia
  3. 1990 Leaf #68 Fernando Valenzuela
  4. 1990 Leaf #95 Alfredo Griffin
  5. 1990 Leaf #173 Kirk Gibson
  1. 1990 Leaf #181 Eddie Murray
  2. 1990 Leaf #226 Juan Samuel
  3. 1990 Leaf #313 Kal Daniels
  4. 1990 Leaf #411 Chris Gwynn
More contest prize cards from Cards on Cards
  1. 1990 Pacific Legends #99 Lou Piniella
  2. 1991 Stadium Club #65 Lenny Harris
  3. 1992 Fleer Ultra #215 José Offerman
  1. 1992 Score #195 Eddie Murray
  2. 2013 Panini Pinnacle #22 Clayton Kershaw
  3. 2013 Panini Pinnacle #64 Carl Crawford
More contest prize cards from Cards on Cards
  1. 1990 Upper Deck #44 Jose Vizcaino
  2. 1990 Upper Deck #46 Jose Offerman
  3. 1990 Upper Deck #377 John Wetteland
  1. 1990 Upper Deck #423 Lenny Harris
  2. 2009 Upper Deck – USA 18U National Team insert #18U-DT Donovan Tate
More contest prize cards from Cards on Cards
  1. 2011 Bowman Sterling – USA Baseball Collegiate National Team Relic Refractor #USAR-BR Brady Rodgers
  2. 2010 Bowman Chrome – USA Team #USA-BC13 insert Brad Miller
  1. 2003 Topps Chrome #7 Odalis Perez
  2. 2003 Topps Chrome #30 Darren Dreifort
  3. 1995 Topps Finest #94 Tom Candiotti
More contest prize cards from Cards on Cards
  1. 2018 Topps Archives insert #SL-WP Wendy Peppercorn
  2. 1988 Conlon World Wide Sports Series 5 #1 Nick Altrock
  3. 1991 Pro Set PGA Tour #75 Curtis Strange
  4. 2015 Topps Allen & Ginter – Menagerie of the Mind insert #MM-13 Cyclops
  5. 2015 Topps Allen & Ginter – Great Scott! insert #GS-6 Deoxyribonucleic Acid
  1. 1994 Star Trek Customizable Card Game: 1st Edition Premiere – White Bordered Expansion Set #NUSP Null Space
  2. 1992-93 Panini Stickers #18 1992 NBA Finals (Action scene/lower left) Chicago Bulls / Portland Trail Blazers
  3. 2010-11 Panini Stickers #6 Eastern Conference Logo
Waxpacks! 1988 Donruss and 1990 Donruss
Waxpacks! 1988 Donruss and 1990 Donruss

I must say, this is a rather overwhelming prize for last place. Kerry sent a ton of Dodgers cards and some non-Dodgers cards. The two Donruss waxpacks were a nice touch, too. Although a couple of these cards are actually hard for me to look at, I do appreciate the time and thought that went into selecting these cards from numerous brands and years. Some cards will end up on the Stadium Fantasium Trading Block but some are actually needed for my sets–thanks Kerry!

As we stand and give Cards On Cards a rousing Stadium Fantasium standing ovation, we look forward to entering Kerry’s College Bowl Pick’em Contest #11. I’d really like to see if I can go from worst to first and win next year’s Topps Series 1 prize. I might have to do more than 30 minutes of research though. I don’t know if I have that kind of time…hmmm.

Stay tuned…